Eric Bana is an Australian actor who is tall (yes!), dark (yes!), and fills out Henrician costume quite nicely. He’s a lot of pretty beefcake, but he also reads as intelligent and emotional on film. There are really only two historical costume movies of his that are worth raving about, but he’s so pretty in them that it’ll be worth it. Trust me. You’ll enjoy the ride.
Brad Pitt is hilarious as Achilles, Orlando Bloom looks confused as Paris, but it’s Eric Bana as Hector (and his relationship with wife Andromache, played by Saffron Burrows) that hits me in that “hot man who loves his wife and child isn’t he noble and manly” way (I can’t help it, it’s some recessive gene).
But what really got me Team Bana was…
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
No, he’s not a perfect Henry VIII — probably too hot, certainly not redheaded, not piggish enough. But Bana does embody Henry’s intelligence, attractiveness, sensitivity, and manly size. He’s the first guy I’ve seen to really help me get Henrician men’s costume — it’s all about being even Bigger and More Imposing, which really only works if you’re already big and imposing to begin with (listen to our podcast for more raving about this).
So, thanks Eric Bana. Feel free to make a few more historical costume movies while you’re doing your tall, dark, and handsome thing.