But in two indelible roles bookending his career, Eckhart has portrayed, well, evil incarnate.
The evening news is full of men wearing nice suits who do terrible things, convinced that it’s all for the greater good or just not caring about the consequences.
He’s gotten tickets for driving his Porsche Turbo at approximately 120 mph.
Today, Eckhart’s driving his Land Rover, and pretty much following the speed limit—maybe because he’s jetlagged after returning to LA from London, where he’s been shooting We pull into a parking lot off Mullholland Drive, high in the hills, and wind our way down a hiking trail.
“I told Tim Mc Graw it would be a big hit for him,” Eckhart says. “I don’t really listen to country music anymore,” Eckhart confesses.