Is Action Star Eric Bana Suitable For Apatow’s Next?

Eric Bana to star in Judd Apatow's Next movie

Eric Bana is no stranger to comedy. Does that surprise you? It surprised me when I read on CHUD this morning that the star of Munich, Hulk, and Troy actually started out as a stand-up comedian in Australia. Seriously, I’m not making this up. This is the same guy that was referenced by Seth Rogen in the hit Judd Apatow comedy Knocked Up as being a total badass.

Speaking of Apatow, guess who he’s in negotiations with to appear in his next comedy about stand-up comedians? That’s right, Eric Bana, Prince Hector and Bruce Banner himself. I thought it would be a poor casting decision at first, but he may actually turn out to be a perfect fit. After all, who better to play a stand-up comedian than someone who has firsthand experience?

It leaves me to wonder how Bana found himself in those aforementioned roles to begin with. Usually, when a stand-up comedian tries to become an actor, you expect him to make comedies, right? So in the matter of just two hours, my already high admiration for Bana as an actor just amplified. For a comedian to play those roles with that kind of style is impressive.

Should he accept the part, Bana will be joined by Adam Sandler, who was also a stand-up comedian early in his career, and Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann.

Nate Deen is a 20-year old aspiring film critic/essayist from Pensacola, Fla. He just graduated with an AA degree in journalism from Pensacola Junior College. He will be attending the University of Florida soon to continue his studies in journalism and film. His goal is to either pursue a writing career in entertainment, sports or perhaps both, but his dream is to write and direct his own movies. Recently, he's been devouring classic films, American and foreign. His favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock. If he had to make a top 10 list of the greatest films of all time, they would be: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather I and II, Vertigo, The Third Man, Schindler's List, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raging Bull, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and City Lights. He runs his own movie review website,

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