Eric Bana: He's Here To Bring The 'Funny' The actor appears in the new comedy Funny People as well as the drama The Time Traveler's Wife, due out soon. He got his start doing standup and sketch comedy in Australia.
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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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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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