Hulk to sex symbol, 5th May 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
It would be safe to say Eric Bana
has reached sex symbol status in the United States.
Australian funnyman, turned Hollywood star, has
been touring the US like a rock star with his
new pal Brad Pitt, appearing on major US TV shows.
pair are the stars of the ancient Greek epic Troy,
and the response during their publicity tour,
particularly from female fans, would make the
Beatles or Rolling Stones blush.
up on Monday, Bana and Pitt shared a couch on
the Oprah Winfrey TV talkshow, launching the studio
audience into a frenzy.
few hours later they were swamped at the MTV headquarters
in New York by a studio of screaming teenagers.
girl left her seat to give the two stars a hug.
Brad Pitt and Eric Bana Day, or as I like to call
it, Wives Leave Your Wedding Rings At Home Day,"
MTV host Damien Fahey, standing with Bana and
Pitt, and surrounded by about 100 fans, told his
a lot of ladies not wearing wedding rings thinking
they may have a shot with one of you guys. That's
all I'm saying."
and Pitt looked amused, with Bana responding,
"That's terrible behaviour."
and Pitt acted like great mates, slapping each
on the thigh and giving each other hugs.
was shot in barren areas of Malta and Mexico,
and the pair were asked on MTV what they did to
entertain themselves when not on the set.
did close down a few places," Pitt said with
a mischievous smile.
responded, "Sometimes you get led astray
by people like this guy here. It's not healthy."
Winfrey introduced Bana, women of all ages in
her audience were shrieking like schoolgirls,
giving the star of Hulk a 20-second standing ovation.
isn't the only heart-stopper, though, in the grand
saga," Oprah proclaimed.
the only one! The man who plays his mighty arch
enemy is something to behold also."
Troy, which opens in Australia on May 13, Bana
plays Prince Hector of Troy and fights a dramatic
battle against the Trojan war's greatest warrior,
Achilles, played by Pitt.
actors spend most of the movie with their shirts
off, revealing pumped up physiques they spent
six months sculpturing before shooting began.
quizzed Pitt about his fitness regime and his
bodybuilder-like body, particularly his buttocks.
it was Bana's turn.
you trying to get your butt tight too?" Winfrey
didn't mind, telling the billionaire talkshow
host, "Well, we had to do what we had to
MTV, the two actors were asked about their favourite
bands and Bana could not resist giving a plug
to one from his homeland.
from Australia. They're hot," he said, probably
generating thousands of US CD sales with the MTV
recently crowned by People magazine as one of
The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, also
paid a flattering compliment to his new mate.
American heart throb was asked about an MTV reality
show featuring two young men who underwent plastic
surgery to look like him.
wished the men "the best", but added,
"I want to look like Eric Bana."
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