In 1997 In Spite Of Eric Bana’s Lack Of Experience In Dramatic Roles

Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana


Eric Bana (pron.: /’bæn?/ BAN-?; born 9 August 1968) is an Australian film and television actor. Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic in Melbourne, Victoria, the younger of two children; he has a brother, Anthony. Bana’s paternal grandfather, Mate Banadinovic, moved to Argentina after the Second World War, and Bana’s paternal grandmother emigrated to Germany and then to Australia in the 1950s with her son, Ivan (Bana’s father). Bana’s father was a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc., and Bana’s German-born mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser. Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfather’s walk, voice and mannerisms. in school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material, and based some of his characters on members of his family. in 1997, in spite of his lack of experience in dramatic roles, Bana was approached by director Andrew Dominik to appear in the film Chopper (2000), a biopic based on the life of infamous Australian criminal Chopper Read.

In 1997 In Spite Of Eric Bana’s Lack Of Experience In Dramatic Roles

Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana


Bana grew up in Melbourne’s Tullamarine, a suburban area on the western edge of the city, near the main airport. However, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try stand-up comedy while working as a barman at Melbourne’s Castle Hotel. in 1997, in spite of his lack of experience in dramatic roles, Bana was approached by director Andrew Dominik to appear in the film Chopper (2000), a biopic based on the life of infamous Australian criminal Chopper Read. Chopper was a critical and financial success in Australia, and was nominated for Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2001. He also trained with Delta Force operators at Fort Bragg, learning to fire weapons and clear rooms. Bana read the script after filming Chopper in 2000 and was drawn to it because it reminded him of his childhood and because he found its characters amusing and likable.