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Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan on Silly Versus Serious

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Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan on Silly Versus Serious

Eric Bana got his start as a comedian, but the actor who stars in the new thriller "Hanna" says he doesn't know when he'll return to the more lighthearted genre.

Niteside asked him Wednesday night when we could next expect him to leave us laughing.

“I have no idea. You’d have to ask Judd Apatow! You’d have to hassle him. He was the one who sent me the script [‘Funny People’] that got me back into it,” said Bana, speaking at a special screening of "Hanna" at the Regal Union Square Cinema.

“If I find something again, I’ll definitely do it. But, it’s not something I actively go chasing," he added. "I’m not against the idea, if I found something I thought was gonna be a lot of fun.”

Bana’s words of wisdom: don’t settle into any one thing; stay on your toes.

“I like working on different things because I think it’s important to not get too comfortable and fall in your comfort zone. I like to jump around a bit," he said. "So far, I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve been allowed to do that. If I can continue to do that, I’ll be very happy.”

Saoirse Ronan, his young "Hanna" co-star who is known for her performances in "Atonement" and "The Lovely Bones," says it's the role, not the genre, that drives her decisions on which films to do.

So, would the seemingly drama-drawn starlet want to do something funny?

“Of course! I always consider comedies,” Ronan said. “It’s not really genre-specific when it comes to my decision to make a film. It’s really how interesting I think a story is, whether it’s the right thing for me to do.”

She added, “I’d love to do a comedy. The first film I did was a rom-com. It’s just no one saw it.” 

Related Topics Hanna, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan
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