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Actor Eckhart is playing himself
Thankfully, Mr. Eckhart hasn’t entirely left behind the dark stuff. He’s playing District Attorney Harvey Dent, who later becomes Two-Face, in the upcoming Batman film, “The Dark Knight.”
He’s also keeping his independent cred with the upcoming Alan Ball film “Nothing Is Private.”
“For me, there’s no difference between the two, except that in a small movie, nobody sees it, and they don’t pay anything,” he says with a laugh.
“Conversations With Other Women,” a clever two-hander in which he starred last year with Helena Bonham Carter, was made for $300,000, he notes. “That’s not even touching a percent of people’s living expenses on movies, and yet it’s one of my favorite films that I’ve made because I loved the experience of working on it. Nobody saw it.”
Perhaps he can combine his new leading-man status with the kind of meaty roles he’s so good at playing. He laughs, recalling that he told Neil LaBute, “Go surprise people and write a romantic comedy.”
“I have my own relationship with it. It’s not something I talk about a lot,” he says. “It is to me what it is. It’s a part of who I am; that’s how I grew up.”
One guesses it must be difficult to be both a leading man and someone whose life is informed by religion. “The only difficulty I think in having a certain value system is the roles that you choose,” he says. “I’m OK with the movies that I make. A lot of people don’t like Neil’s movies. I happen to like them a lot and love playing those characters because I have the confidence that I’m not wholly one way, wholly bad or wholly good; people are complex.”
Aaron Eckhart, it seems, can play them all.
By David A. Clarke Jr.
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