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Eric Bana finally gets to be funny

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
This is a big summer for actor Eric Bana. Before it's over, he'll be seen in three major movies in three different genres. This week, it's a comedy as Bana co-stars in "Funny People."In "Funny People," Bana is married to Leslie Mann, who in real life is married to the director of the film, Judd Apatow -- who in turn is great friends with the film's star, Adam Sandler.

Yep, Bana is the new kid on this block.

"I was very apprehensive and scared, and then after one day of rehearsal I was like, 'Oh my god, these people are awesome. I feel at home,'" said Bana. "It was just great, just fantastic."

Bana started the summer as a villain in the sci-fi blockbuster, "Star Trek." In just a few weeks, he goes the romantic-drama route in "The Time Traveler's Wife."

"Funny People" gets him back to his performing roots.

"Yeah, that was my background in Australia before I started doing the dramatic stuff," explains Bana. "And this is my first comedy since then, so it was great to dip my toe back in the water with a ton of pros."

"Funny People" is clearly rated "R," but it was a bit of a family affair for the Apatow clan, whose daughters act in the film and get to show off their language skills.

"They are pros. They really raise the bar and were a lot of fun to work with," said Bana. "It was a huge responsibility. Judd basically gave me his wife, his children and his comic material. So it was a big responsibility."

"Funny People" is in theaters now.

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