Star Trek’s new villain, Eric Bana called into to an Australian morning radio show to talk about his new movies and of course things got around to talking about his upcoming stint as Nero. The actor portrayed his Trek role as “a cameo as the bad guy,” but when asked what kind of alien make-up he will be in the actor would only say “you will have to wait and see.” Bana also spoke about director JJ Abrams and then had some fun with some ‘spoilers.’ Details and audio clip below.
The Nova 96.9 radio hosts Merrick and Rosso pestered Bana for plot details and the former comedy skit performer decided to give them what they wanted…well not really. Bana’s description of the plot: [ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT SPOILERS]
Here is what happens. They got this ship right? And it is flying through the air really fast, OK? It lands and these dudes get out, OK? And then there are these other dudes, right? And some of ’em got ears and some of ’em haven’t. And they get into a bit of a fight. And there are heaps of bullets flying and then one of the ships has trouble taking off and then they fix that ship. And then there are a couple of other guys flying around… And then this other guy turns up and he has had some problems with his missus…
It is good to see the actor hasn’t lost his sense of humor. He did get a bit more serious when talking about director JJ Abrams, and what it will be like when he gets to the set of Star Trek:
By complete coincidence we actually share an agent so I have met JJ a few times. He is a hilarious guy and he’s scarily kind of genius. So I think it is going to be a lot of fun. They have been shooting for months, but I have the plum gig of coming in at the end for a little while. ….be one of those annoying actors who turns up fresh while everyone else is ready to die.
You can listen to the entire Bana interview at the Nova 969 website
Eric Bana’s comedy background
Listening to Bana it is clear he is quite the jokester. Before Bana became a leading man he had a career in comedy. In the early 90s he was a regular on the Australian sketch comedy show Full Frontal and in 1997 he had his own sketch show, Eric. Although Bana has played it straight and serious in many roles, like his recent lead in Spielberg’s Munich, it will be interesting to see if there is a bit of humor in his Nero.
Here are a couple of Bana sketches.
Bana as ‘Vulcan’
Bana as Schwarzenegger (and interviewer)