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Eric Bana: He's Here To Bring The 'Funny'

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Eric Bana: He's Here To Bring The 'Funny'

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Eric Bana: He's Here To Bring The 'Funny'

Eric Bana: He's Here To Bring The 'Funny'

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Australian actor Eric Bana attends TRL at the MTV Times Square Studio in New York City. Mark Mainz/Getty Images hide caption

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Australian actor Eric Bana attends TRL at the MTV Times Square Studio in New York City.

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Actor Eric Bana stars in the new Judd Apatow comedy Funny People — as well as the drama The Time Traveler's Wife, due later this summer.

In his first feature film, Chopper, Bana starred as Australian cult celebrity Mark "Chopper" Read, the ex-convict and best-selling author.

Since then, he's played everything from a hammerhead shark in Finding Nemo to a Mossad hit man in Munich to a wrathful Romulan villain in this year's reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise.

Bana joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to talk about playing both good guys and bad guys — and about his early days as a stand-up comic and sketch-comedy performer.

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