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Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” grief

September 15, 2010


How much is too much when actors research their roles?

Actor Aaron Eckhart, who plays Howie Corbett in John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” said he may have gone too far to research his character.

“I did attend one bereavement class and that was probably unethical, I would have to say, because you really feel like you’re taking advantage of people who are laying it all out … you just feel like you’re a liar so I didn’t do that again,” he told reporters at a press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Rabbit Hole,” based on the Pulitzer winner play by David Lindsay-Abaire, is an intimate story that focuses on a couple grieving the loss of their young son.

Eckhart, known for his slick roles in “The Dark Knight” and “Thank You For Not Smoking,” said Internet video blogs work well for such raw emotions.

FILM-TORONTO/And a lot is left to imagination.

Which is what Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, who plays Howie’s wife Becca, said she mostly did.

“I actually tried to go to a grief group and they said no you can’t come because the emotions are too raw and you can’t have somebody in the group that hasn’t been through exactly the same thing, which I totally respected,” she said.

“That’s when I go in. I find it from within.”

“Rabbit Hole”, which has its world premiere at the festival, is the first project in which Kidman stars and produces for her company Blossom Films.

Bringing the film to Toronto’s festival made her feel “very exposed, very nervous.”

“It’s a whole different ball game because it’s so personal when you’re in a film, but you’re not responsible for the film. I’m responsible for this film. It’s a big weight,” she said.

Caption: Actor Aaron Eckhart attends a news conference to promote the film “Rabbit Hole” during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival,  September 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

Actress Nicole Kidman and Eckhart attend a news conference to promote the film “Rabbit Hole” during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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