Eric Bana: I'm a Londoner
Eric Bana describes London as a "living, breathing museum".
Eric Bana feels like a local in London.
The 46-year-old actor hails from Down Under, but has adopted an English accent for roles such as Henry VIII in 2008's The Other Boleyn Girl and barrister Martin Rose in last year's Closed Circuit.
Joking he would be "hanged" if he got the pronunciation wrong, Eric admits he feels most at home in the UK when away from his country of birth.
“I’ve never really sought the attention... [London is] easily my favourite city outside of Australia. Unlike the other great cities – New York, Berlin, Sydney, Paris – I think it’s very easy to get a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the city," he said.
"You don’t have to be connected and you don’t have to be rich to get a sense of the city. It’s a walking, living, breathing museum. I feel like a local when I’m there. London is probably one of the easiest cities in the world in which to embed yourself.”
Eric makes a swap to a New York Bronx accent for his latest horror feature Deliver Us from Evil. In the movie he portrays real-life NYPD cop Sergeant Ralph Sarchie, who investigates a series of crimes caused by wicked spirits.
Scott Derrickson, the film's writer and director, showed Eric footage from the real events to prepare him for the role.
“I was a little bit p**sed off, because when he put this particular material in front of us, I found myself watching something I really didn’t want to see. It really affected me," Eric recalled.
"I saw something I immediately identified as not being faked and something I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get out of my head. It was like, ‘OK, I can’t un-see what I just saw.' It was enough to give me a very uncomfortable few weeks when I barely slept.”
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