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Aaron Eckhart is a Golden Globe nominated film actor known for fare like Erin Brockovich, The Core and The Dark Knight.
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Born on March 12, 1968, in Cupertino, California, Aaron Eckhart lived abroad before working with colleague Neil LaBute as an actor on film projects that include In the Company of Men and Possession. Eckhart landed more roles in works like Erin Brockovich and The Missing, and earned a Golden Globe nod for Thank You for Smoking. He later played Two-Face in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.
"The thing is I want to do movies for adults about adults, relationship movies. I think there was a switch in me that went on. I'm not a kid anymore. Yep, I want to get the girl. I don't want to be known as the bad guy."
"It's more to me about 'How can I push myself as an actor?' ...if Nicole Kidman calls you up, you go to work. If Johnny Depp calls you up, you go to work. Is it your favorite character you've ever played in your life? Maybe, maybe not. But if quality people want to work with you, you go for it."
"I think the great people that we really admire as actors aren't making movies all of the time. They need to first do extensive research and preparation before a movie. And afterward they need to regenerate and recharge."
Aaron Eckhart was born on March 12, 1968, in Cupertino, part of the county of Santa Clara, California, to a Mormon home. His mother worked as a children's book writer, and the family relocated to London during Eckhart's teens for his father's computer exec career. Discovering he had a passion for acting after being cast in Charlie Brown: The Doctor Is In, Eckhart later moved to Australia during his senior year, attending a drama school but dropping out to earn income as a movie theater usher. (He eventually earned his high school equivalency degree via correspondence courses.)
Eckhart lived in France and Hawaii for a time before moving to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, where he met Neil LaBute. Eckhart was cast in the burgeoning playwright's college productions, and the two reunited years later when LaBute turned his sights to the big screen.
Post graduation, Eckhart lived in New York City, landing commercial spots, and then opted to move back to California to forge a career in Los Angeles. He landed several TV roles before he was cast in LaBute's 1997 screenwriting and directorial effort, In the Company of Men, a controversial comedy in which Eckhart portrayed a corporate staffer who romantically manipulates a hearing impaired woman.
Eckhart would go on to be featured in several other LaBute films—the ensemble piece Your Friends & Neighbors (1998); Nurse Betty (2000), starring Renee Zellweger; Possession (2002), opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; and The Wicker Man (2006), with Nicolas Cage.
From the late 1990s through the first decade of the 2000s, Eckhart created an ongoing body of diverse film work where he played a range of characters. In 1999, after portraying the brother of an autistic woman in Molly, he was a footballer in Any Given Sunday. Then in 2000's Erin Brockovich, he appeared as the biker love interest of the title character, played by Julia Roberts.
He co-starred with Hilary Swank and Stanley Tucci in the sci-fi flick The Core (2003) and created a buzz for his work in Thank You for Smoking (2006). Playing the lead role of a smiling and scheming tobacco lobbyist, Eckhart garnered a Golden Globe nomination for the part. Other projects for the actor during this period included The Missing (2003), Suspect Zero (2004), Conversations With Other Women (2006), The Black Dahlia (2006) and No Reservations (2007).
Eckhart worked with Christopher Nolan as part of The Dark Knight (2008), the second installment of the director's Batman film adaptations.
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