Eric Bana is currently hard at work playing the villain Nero for the new Star Trek (even shaving his head a week ago for the role). He is so hard at work he missed the New York premiere for his film The Other Boleyn Girl last week. Bana did do some interviews for Boleyn Girl which have cropped up in the last few days and when they get around to talking Trek there is a recurring theme.
On why he took the Trek role: [UPI]
I couldn’t resist. I read it and I know (director J.J. Abrams) pretty well and there was just no way to say no; it’s just too much fun.
On TOS: [Aust. Herold Sun]
I really loved the original series with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, I grew up with that, but that was not reason enough to want to do the film. The script was the thing that made me want to do it. I’m looking forward to playing a villain, so it should be fun.
On work on Trek [Phil. Enquirer]
I got to do a few weeks’ work on that, a really great, fun script
On Abrams [Phil. Enquirer]
He’s very annoying, very talented (he says with a laugh)
I would like to rephrase that: He’s annoyingly talented. Don’t isolate those two comments!
No more funny man
Bana may love his fun, but it appears he no longer wants to be funny…at least professionally. The actor, who won an Australian Logie award for his sketch comedy work in the 90s, tells the Australian Daily Telegraph that he has put his comedy work behind him:
By the time I started doing film I was kind of burnt out. I know it is frustrating for people who like to see that stuff and I just tell them to go onto YouTube, I just had had enough of it.
Bana sacrifices for Trek
Eric Bana has done more for Trek than just shave his head. In February the actor could be seen with his co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman at the European premieres, but he had to skip out on the last The Other Boleyn Girl premiere (New York) due to his work on Trek in Los Angeles.
Bana and his ladies in Berlin (2/15), Madrid (2/18) and London (2/19)
Natalie all alone in NYC (2/28)
The “Other Boleyn Girl” starring Eric Bana opened last Friday nationwide.
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