Don’t geek out on us, comic fans, but it turns out that until last week, Aussie heartthrob Eric Bana had never attended a comic book convention before, despite his starring role in the first (and in my opinion far better) Hulk movie. At least, that’s what he told Glam.com this past weekend following his appearance at the New York Comic Con, where Bana was promoting his upcoming film Hanna, a hybrid action thriller/fairy tale about a teenage girl (The Lovely Bones’ Saorise Ronan) who is raised by her father to become an assassin.
Here’s what else Eric had to say:
ON HIS CHARACTER IN THE FILM:
I play the father of Hanna, who’s an ex CIA-operative who’s gone AWOL and who’s hiding deep in the forest, training his daughter to survive and eventually how to kill.
ON THE FILM’S SCENIC BACKDROPS:
We started in Finland and then we went to Germany, and then [some of us] went to Morocco. I didn’t go to Morocco, but yes, it was all over the place. The exciting thing for us was it was all location. I think there was only three days in the studio,. The rest of it was all on location, which is so much more fun.
ON HOW HANNA COMPARES TO HIS PREVIOUS ACTION FILMS:
It was a little different because this was purely hand-to-hand action for me. So I think I didn’t hold a gun once…I haven’t done a lot of [hand-to-hand combat] in film, so it was good fun, a new challenge.
ON HIS COMIC CON EXPERIENCE:
Well the thing that stood out to me was everyone looked like they were having a great time. The absolute standout thing for me was, wow, these people are having a frickin’ great time. It was so awesome. I wish the press junkets were full of that crowd the whole time. It’s great to see because it just helps remind you there are people out there that feel very passionately about genres and properties and characters and movies and comics. It’s great to see.
MORE ON THE CONVENTION:
I think it’s the ratio of people in costumes that to me was the great thing. It wasn’t like, oh look someone’s dressed up as Planet of the Apes or someone’s dressed as Darth Vader. It [was the] high percentage of people getting involved in the whole idea, which was to me unique and exciting, so I’m glad I saw it. I haven’t been to a Comic Con before.
Hanna opens in theatres April 8.