ERIC BANA was first introduced to international audiences in the title role of Mark "Chopper" Read in the feature film “CHOPPER,” which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was then released in the U.S. to critical notice after its Australian success. Bana earned awards from the Australian Film Critics Circle and the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of “Chopper”.
Bana was seen co-starring in Ridley Scott’s “BLACK HAWK DOWN” as Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson, one of a group of elite US soldiers opposite Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore. The war epic, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Sony, is based on journalist Mark Bowden’s best-selling account of the 1993 US mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Following the US release of “BLACK HAWK DOWN,” Eric starred in the Australian comedy, “THE NUGGET,” a film which he portrays a working class man whose life is suddenly changed by discovering a “nugget” that provides him, and his two friends, with instant wealth.
Shortly thereafter, Eric starred as the title role of Bruce Banner in “THE HULK” for director Ang Lee and Universal Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics character. He was also featured as Hector the Prince of Troy in Warner Bros.’ “TROY,” for director Wolfgang Peterson. The film was based on Homer’s “The Iliad”, and co-starred Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. The following year, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed “MUNICH,” about the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Bana also appeared as the title role in the Australian film, “ROMULUS, MY FATHER,” based on Raimond Gaita’s best-selling memoir, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Next, he played the title role in Warner Bros.’ “LUCKY YOU,” opposite Drew Barrymoore. Following “LUCKY YOU,” Eric starred as Henry Tudor, opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in “THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL.”
Bana co-starred in J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit, “STAR TREK,” as the villain, Nero. He was also featured in the Judd Apatow film, “FUNNY PEOPLE,” opposite Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill, “THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE” opposite Rachel McAdams, based on the best selling novel by Audry Niffenegger, the actionthriller “HANNA,” opposite Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett, “DEADFALL,” opposite Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam, “CLOSED CIRCUIT,” opposite Rebecca Hall and “LONE SURVIVOR,” opposite Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster. He recently starred in the thriller “DELIVER US FROM EVIL” from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and “THE FINEST HOURS” opposite Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.
His first film as a director, the drama documentary, “LOVE THE BEAST” had its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 starring Bana, Jay Leno, Dr. Phil, and, from BBC’s “Top Gear,” Jeremy Clarkson. The film explores the meaning of his 25-year-long relationship with his first car, and the importance of the bonds that form through a common passion.
Bana was most recently seen starring opposite Ricky Gervais in “SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS,” a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and directed for Netflix; and in “KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law directed by Guy Ritchie. His upcoming films include “THE SECRECT SCRIPTURE,” opposite Theo James and Rooney Mara directed by Jim Sheridan, and “THE FORGIVEN,” opposite Forest Whitaker directed by Roland Joffe.
Bana currently resides in Australia with his wife and two children.