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Saturday 2 August 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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