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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Eric Bana tells of comedy regrets

Eric Bana wrote comedy before his acting career took off

Eric Bana has said he has regrets about his time as a stand-up comic.

The Hollywood heart-throb, 44, started his career on the stand-up circuit, later writing and performing comedy sketch shows on Australian TV, before getting his big break playing a serial killer in the 2000 film Chopper.

He admits that he misses writing stand-up material.

"I stopped doing stand-up because I found I was more prolific at writing sketch comedy," the Blackhawk Down and Star Trek actor said.

"I'd go on stage and feel my material was way immature for where I was but my sketch comedy was more reflective of my comedic sophistication."

Eric, who is set to star in new film Deadfall, added: "One of my biggest regrets was that I never got to go on stage with material that was up to the standard that I would have liked it to have been."

Asked why he doesn't put his ideas to paper, he added: "I just plain old get too tempted by the scripts that come in."

:: Deadfall is released in cinemas on Friday, May 10.

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