President Aaron Eckhart Talks Two-Face, Dennis Rodman & ‘Olympus Has Fallen’
Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher in FilmDistrict's 'Olympus Has Fallen'
Aaron Eckhart could easily have a career in politics. Aside from those movie star good looks and jutting jaw line, he's got an affable and engaging manner that makes you feel like you can really trust him.
Of course, since he's not a politician, we can see no reason not to trust him, especially as he opened up to us about his latest movie, "Olympus Has Fallen." Eckhart plays President Benjamin Asher, who is taken hostage after a group of heavily armed and highly trained North Korean terrorists take over the White House. Fortunately, Asher's former secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is even more well-trained.
While on the campaign trail, Eckhart spoke candidly about what role he's most recognized for (hint, it's not Two-Face), if Dennis Rodman will like this movie, and why we should vote for Eckhart instead of Jamie Foxx, who will also be playing the president soon (in "White House Down"). "Olympus Has Fallen" opens wide today.
Adam Pockross: Mister President thank you for sitting down with Yahoo Movies.
Aaron Eckhart: You’re welcome.
AP: Did you get more gray hair serving as the president?
AE: No. I don’t know where my gray hair is. I just turned 45. I don’t have any gray hair. It’s because I have no kids.
No, I think they might have brought that up in the early stages, what with the responsibilities of the office and all that -- I mean, Obama is getting gray. Bush got gray. Yeah. I said no, let’s not do that.
AP: So, technically Ben Asher would be a first term president?
AE: Yeah, he’s a first term president.
AP: So, would you vote for Ben Asher for reelection?
AE: Yeah, I thought so. I thought that he was trustworthy, he had humility, love for his country, love for people. I felt like he was a servant of the people; he was there because of them. So, I felt like he was doing it for the betterment of the country.
AP: So he's an idealization?
AE: Exactly! He’s a total fabrication. Yeah, he’s the ideal. I mean he’s got the perfect wife, there's still the love, and he’s got a good kid and all that sort of stuff. So, yeah, it’s the movies.
AP: What do you think Dennis Rodman will think of this movie?
AE: We’ll definitely have him over to the White House, if I were the president. I think his going to love it. I think he’ll probably go show his new friend, you know what I mean? And maybe we can get an envoy and the movie can have a private screening over there.
AP: What do you think his new friend will think of it?
AE: Well, I think he’ll like it.
AP: Do you?
AE: Why wouldn’t he? He loves Hollywood movies, doesn’t he? That’s what I heard. I don’t know. I mean it depends if you could detach yourself from what’s going on in the world.
It’s funny because we made this film a year ago. What I’ve been saying to people is it’s getting darn difficult to choose a villain anymore in Hollywood movies because it always ends up coming true. Whether it’s something unfortunate that happens inside our borders or in our schools or across the globe.
It’s unfortunate but movies are a mirror of our time and certainly you can see that in "The Dark Knight" and that’s the way it is. It’s always been that way. You can't shy away from it.