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A VERSATILE ACTOR WITH AN IMPRESSIVE RESUME OF FILMS, AARON ECKHART IS NOW HOPING TO MOVE BEHIND THE CAMERA TO TRY HIS HAND AT DIRECTING
AT THE START OF a now 20-year acting career, Aaron Eckhart arrived in New York City with just $1,300 to his name and not a single contract for any work. Now the 49-year-old is a firmly established star in Hollywood thanks to his head-turning performances in Erin Brokovich, Thank you for Smoking and The Dark Knight.
He was last seen portraying famed boxing coach Kevin Rooney in a role for which he gained 40 pounds and shaved his head to appear balding. His meticulous studying of the man who trained Mike Tyson saw him mimicking his voice and mannerisms. He describes going out onto his balcony in the middle of winter and screaming instructions in the pinched voice of Rooney. This was done while entertaining his favourite pastime – smoking a cigar.
Eckhart famously enjoys several cigars a day and has been open about the pleasure he gets in relaxing with his favourite Cuban.
“With cigars it's inherent in the mechanics that you're going to sit down for a long time. You plan your day around it,” he told the Guardian back in 2013. “If you go to a cigar bar you're going to feel your bottom on the chair, the feet on the ground; you're going to have two or three coffees. We watch ball games together. We all have the same sort of crude sensibility and that's good because nobody feels out of place. And nobody else in their right mind will go in there because it stinks so bad."
Eckhart frequents numerous cigar bars and can often be spotted in his favourite in Malibu. He has rarely spoken about the brands he prefers but he has been more than willing to discuss his affection for cigars. He said: “They're excellent to study to. You can put 'em down, pick 'em up – they keep you company while you're thinking. They're a good thinking man's tool."
The leading actor is also aware of the stigma that comes with smoking cigars. But he believes in moderation and still trains like he is a serious athlete.
“I train every single day. I would never want to take smoke into my lungs. I know I'm getting some, but if I walked up any street in London I'm getting a lot. But non-smokers think it's the most unhealthy, unattractive thing they've ever seen.”
Eckhart is not the only actor who enjoys the taste of cigars of course, and he recently worked with one man who shared his passion. Having been cast in Sully he