I'm not entirely sure what Eckhart has up his sleeve next. His IMDB page is relatively sparse when it comes to future projects, aside from a horror called I, Frankenstein slated to come out in 2014. Here's hoping he's got something amazing in the works that will catapult his career to the next level.
In the meantime, I've compiled a list of my own favourite Eckhart roles thus far. He certainly has amazing range, doesn't he? 1. The Dark Knight. Eckhart is so perfect as Harvey Dent, I can't even imagine anyone else in this two-faced role. Like Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker, this character could have easily become a one-dimensional caricature in a lesser actor's hands.
2. Thank You For Smoking. Nick Naylor is not an easy character to like. He works for the Man, at the expense of the little guy. Yet Eckhart manages to humanize the role, and actually turn Nick into someone we can relate to and, yes, maybe even root for. It doesn't hurt that he's a master of zippy one-liners.
3. Erin Brockovich. The hair! The beard! The manly tank tops! The suave, clean-shaven Eckhart we've come to know is almost unrecognizable in his role as sassy Erin's sensitive biker boyfriend George. He's totally believable though, and very easy to fall for.
4. Rabbit Hole. This must have been an intimidating role to tackle. Playing a grieving father opposite Oscar winner Nicole Kidman is no easy task, but Eckhart not only holds his own, he adds unique layers to his character's raw anger.
5. In the Company of Men. "Cold, unblinking, reptilian." That's how Roger Ebert described Eckhart's character, Chad, in his review of this late-'90s flick. Eckhart sure is good at playing bad, isn't he? But, he's also quite skilled at playing complex, emotionally tormented men, which is part of what made this movie so engaging.