51 years old (Born on August 09, 1968)
Actor; He is famous from Hulk, Chopper.Prior to Troy (2004), Bana had worked with Orlando Bloom in Black Hawk Down (2001). Tall by almost any standards at 6` 2.5", he is actually medium-sized or small by his family`s standards. For instance, his brother stands 6` 8". Had the option of playing several different characters in Troy (2004) when he was approached for the project. He chose Hector because he thought Hector "was such a great bloke." Underwent weight and fight-training for his role as Hector in Troy (2004). Supports St. Kilda Australian rules football team.
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Fun Facts About Eric Bana
A picture of his wife and child was used in Black Hawk Down (2001) for the scene where helicopter pilot Mike Durant is captured by Somalis. The prop department had forgotten to grab a picture of a wife and child for the shot, so they asked Bana's wife, who was traveling with him, if they could use a picture of her and their child for the shot and she agreed.
He made his motorsport debut in 1996's Targa Tasmania, driving that same 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe. Other competitions include the 2002 and 2003 Classic Adelaide.
Began as a stand up comedian.
After wrapping Hulk (2003), he spent nine months at home with his family.
First car was an old 1974 Ford Falcom XB Coupe, purchased for $1000 at age 15.
His deal for Hulk (2003) includes an option for two sequels, with substantial salary raises for each film.
In Full Frontal, whenever the show was spoofing a Tom Cruise movie, or had a sketch that involved Tom Cruise, he would play Cruise, even though he is 7 inches taller than him in real life.
Has two children with wife Rebecca: Klaus (b. August 1999) and Sophia (b. April 2002).
No fewer than three of his theatrical films are remakes of, or share the same source material with, a television movie. The Incredible Hulk comic book series was filmed as the television movie and series "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), and the theatrical film _Hulk (2003)_. Homer's Iliad was filmed as _Helen of Troy_ on television, and the theatrical film Troy. George Jonas's book Vengeance was filmed for television as Sword of Gideon (1986) (TV), then remade by Steven Spielberg as Munich (2005).
Has declined to reprise his role as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in an 'Incredible Hulk' sequel. (July 5, 2006)
When asked in 2005 who his idols are, he named Richard Pryor, Paul Newman and Barry Humphries.
Siblings: Anthony (brother, banker) is three years older.
One of his most admired actors is Rade Serbedzija.
His mother is from Germany.
He had never ridden a horse before Troy (2004), and had to start from scratch without a saddle.
His children's names are Klaus and Sophia.
In an ironic twist, Mark Brandon Read, who was portrayed by Bana in the movie Chopper (2000), has a small role in the film Trojan Warrior (2002); which he plays a guy named "Erik Bana". This is not to be confused with Troy (2004) which also stars Bana and features a Trojan horse.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
His father is originally from Zagreb, Croatia.
First jobs: Washing cars at a service station, pushing trolleys at Coles New World, barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel in 1991.
Has said that Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte are two of his favorite actors, and got to work with both in Hulk (2003).
Is the second Australian actor to play a Marvel Comics superhero on the big screen (Hugh Jackman was the first as Wolverine in X-Men (2000)).
He chose Hulk (2003) over several other Marvel Comics movie adaptations that were offered to him.
Shares a birthday with his Hulk (2003) co-star Sam Elliott.
Father-in-law is High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson.
Brad Pitt personally requested Bana as a co-star for Troy (2004) because he was a huge fan of Chopper (2000).
He loves racing both bikes and cars in Australia
Was the first choice to play Xander Cage in xXx (2002), but turned it down to do The Nugget (2002).
Is of Croatian and German descent, but was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.
Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#61) 2007.
Two of his characters previously appeared in television movies starring John Rhys-Davies before Bana came into the roles. Rhys-Davies played Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. The Kingpin, in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (TV), which starred Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner, a role later played by Bana. Rhys-Davies also played King Priam in Helen of Troy (2003) (TV). Priam is the father of Hector, played by Bana in Troy (2004).
Admitted to eating junk food for four weeks to put on the extra weight needed to play Chopper (2000). He gained 30 pounds for the role.
First job was washing cars at a service station.