Eric Bana in past, present and future (Trailer Watch: The Time Traveller’s Wife)
There are groan-inducing trailers and then there are trailers as vomit-in-your-lap toxic as the trailer (watch it below) for Eric Bana’s upcoming romantic drama The Time Traveller’s Wife, which, based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, follows Clare (Rachel McAdams) and her life-long romance with Henry (Bana). Henry drifts uncontrollably through time (cue unintended laughter) apparently afflicted with a genetic mutation that involuntarily propels him between past, present and future. Ahem.
The film has been long delayed, reportedly because production had to wait for Bana’s hair to grow back after he shaved it to play Romulan in Star Trek, which is one of his better performances. What people tend to forget about Bana is that he has one and only one great performance to his name, and that is of course the mesmerising slice of mimicry he exhibited as Mark Brandon Reed in Andrew Dominik’s Chopper. On the back of that one performance Bana’s career in Hollywood took off, even though his acting is generally cheesy, weightless, unchallenging stuff (i.e. Hulk, Troy and Lucky You). On first glimpses The Time Traveller’s Wife resembles Bana at his wishy-washy worst, all pensive glances and lovesick puppy dog smiles. It seems a crime Sandra Bullock wasn’t recruited as his co-star, given her penchant for what we in the industry affectionately call ‘chick flick crapola.’