Aaron Eckhart

  • American actor
  • Born March 12, 1968

Aaron Edward Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is an American actor. Born in Cupertino, California, Eckhart moved to England at age 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he began his acting career by performing in school plays, before moving to Australia for his high school senior year. He left high school without graduating, but earned a diploma through an adult education course, and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film.

I've been working for many years and I think I've managed to work with some of the best people in the business, which has been rewarding and an apprenticeship.

I always ask, why can't I be just like Cary Grant or something.

It makes me feel good that I can now sit there and go, I've worked with Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, all the great actors that I've worked with... Sir Ben Kingsley.

There are different reasons to make movies.

A film has its own life and takes its own time.

I mean, the problem is, I think I'm a great writer.

I'm an actor and it happened to go my way that day.

Through all the relationship stuff I've gone through in the past few years, I know there are fundamental differences in how men and women view sex and how they view their futures.

But I will say this: In my humble opinion, knowing nothing about it, I do believe that they have remote viewers working on where Osama Bin Laden is. I absolutely, 100%, convinced of that.

I got as much information as I could, so I wouldn't look stupid, but this is a post 9/11 world and there's only so much you can do with the FBI in terms of research.

I think that maybe that's my weakness, in that I don't know how to do it, so I just do what I do and try to do it as passionately and as well as I can.

I would love to get great performances from actors as a director, because that's what I'm always looking for, a director that's going to help me go places I've never been before.

If we're talking about masculinity and tenderness, I don't look at Clinton.

I think they are very important because westerns have a code and a symbolism.

I would like to direct.

Well, I've thought many times when my career was in the toilet, that I was going to have to seriously consider getting another job, I don't know what I'd do.

When it gets down to it you just have to act.

Directors, producers can make you look good or make you look bad.

But then, even with sex, I'm more in the school of less is more in movies.

I'm sort of fascinated by the whole espionage crime thing.

I'd like to do more family dramas.

Yeah, but there's nobody who represents romance to me like Cary Grant.

The F.B.I. is about nuts and bolts. It's all about witnesses and procedure and walking the streets.

You never really know as an actor; it's completely out of your control, in terms of editing, and music, and film stock, shot selection, and what takes they use.

Some movies get rushed out right after you make them and I'm not always happy with that.

I'd like to do a romantic comedy.

Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically.

But I guess I like playing flawed guys 'cause it gives a place for the characters to go.

I don't do comedy so much although I would like to do a comedy.

I think every actor wants to be an FBI or cop at one point.

Yeah, I'd like to get the girl and at least make it through the film.

It seems to me if you want something badly enough, whether you're a man or a woman, you'll do whatever you have to do to get it.

I think women can be as cruel as men, and men as tender as women, and vice versa.

I think America right now is looking for somebody who appeals to every faction.

Right now, I have to admit, that I'm more interested in giving people a little bit of hope and goodness.

If it helps me in the way that if this movie is successful, I get to make more films, great, and the more films that I make and the more interest that I'm allowed to cover, the better for me and the better, hopefully, for the people who like to watch me.