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    Actor Aaron Eckhart was a guest on The Howard Stern Show on Jan. 21 where he opened up about his drastic acting tactics while preparing for the 2010 film Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman.


    When host Howard Stern said he'd learned that Eckhart, 45, had visited a support group for parents who lost children and proceeded to pretend to have lost a child himself, the I, Frankenstein actor tried to explain.


    "It's rude," the childless actor admitted. "It's very sensitive to go in there, of course it is. I did the research. The gathering is very quiet. There's 10 people, couples. [Their children had passed away] very recently, it's fresh. You're sitting in sort of a circle. Then one person goes, then two, three, then it gets to me. And by that point you're just so flushed that you just start going and giving the details of the story."


    Eckhart revealed he got entirely wrapped up in the experience, and even had an emotional breakdown.


    "Oh yeah, 100 percent, I lost it," he said. "You really believe that you just lost a child. You are as close to reality in that sense as possible. I don't want to be rude to people who have lost a child, but yeah, you feel right there, you feel like your character."


    Eckhart's Rabbit Hole costar, Nicole Kidman, did not choose to participate, and the actor laughed off the idea of her joining him when talking to Stern, joking, "No, she was in the Bahamas or somewhere."


    Eckhart also revealed that he's never booked an acting gig based off of an audition. He thinks that's because he requires props and other actors to work off of to give the best performance possible.


    ETA_the audio of the interview starts at 12:40
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    You really believe that you just lost a child
    His face in the still sums it up.
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    I think that's pretty insensitive. It's one thing to go and observe, but another to participate and then say that you really believe you lost a child?? Tacky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    I think that's pretty insensitive. It's one thing to go and observe, but another to participate and then say that you really believe you lost a child?? Tacky.
    I'm thinking of "invasive" as much as anything. I can understand that a guy who never had kids might have very little context to understand the absolute pit of hell that you would fall into after losing a child. And how he would want to be able to interact with these people to observe and model their behavior/emotions for a film. But that's kind of a sacred space to insinuate yourself into.

    I also don't know how they didn't recognize Eckhart as soon as he walked in...
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    If I was a parent in that support group I would be incredibly pissed right about now. This wasn't someone asking for and being granted permission to quietly and unobtrusively observe the emotions and interactions of a group of people who have gone through what is probably the worst thing you can. No, this was someone who came in, lied about who they were, listened to them expressing their emotions and struggles in what they believed to be a safe and private environment and who then, intentionally or unintentionally, fucked with them by fabricating a story to match their own and played with their genuine desire to support and empathise with each other.

    To me that makes him a total shit.
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    I'd be pretty pissed too. I don't know if it makes him a total shit, because he really can't understand what it's like to lose a child, and therefore he can't really know what a violation that was. But using those people so he could be better at his playing dress up job is gross.

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    I looked at it this way: Going in incognito and leeching the experience for the role would make him a bit of an insensitive dick. Inventing a fake family history culminating in the death of a fictitious child and sharing it in a room full of genuinely bereaved parents trying to support each other through their grief upgrades him to total shit.
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    ^^ Fair enough.

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    That is the very real grief of very real people. If he had requested permission to observe I would understand, but just to go and 'play' grieving is very disrespectful.
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    If he had done this in a 12 step program the backlash would probably be pretty bad. These groups are supposed to be a safe place for people who don't feel safe disclosing certain things in public.

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    I just lost my lady boner for Aaron Eckhart. That seems incredibly insensitive and almost cruel.

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    I agree with those who think he was remarkably insensitive to do this. About 15 years ago my cousin was brutally murdered by her husband. After sealing her room with crazy glue, he went to a local casino and gambled away a large chunk of the family money she inherited. Then he killed himself by jumping into Niagara Falls. My aunt was never able to heal enough to be able to enjoy the children and grandchildren she had left. She retreated into herself and faded away until she was a shell of herself. It didn't help that this guy's family sued her for the chunk of the estate she inherited from her deceased daughter. Their claim was that he survived my cousin (by butchering her) and therefore should have inherited my cousin's estate. And the estate in turn should have gone to his beneficiaries (according to them). My aunt was advised to settle with these disgusting people by every lawyer she saw-and she eventually did. My aunt was soon diagnosed with cancer and had no desire to fight to survive. She died quickly after the diagnosis. To minimize the suffering she experienced by pretending to have lost a child, Aaron insulted every parent who has gone through this horrible experience. I am sure that it was not his intention to do so, but his behavior is appalling .

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    Oh, Sparkles, that is horrifying. I am really very sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MmeVertigina View Post
    Oh, Sparkles, that is horrifying. I am really very sorry.
    Thank you MmeVertigina. It was 15 years ago, just after my son was born and I still find it hard to believe it actually happened. Some poor bastard took his son to Niagara Falls for the day and caught the bastard's suicide on his home movies. What a way to spend the day with your son! The thing which always struck me was that my cousin's husband always seemed so pathetic-hardly a threat to anyone. But the damage his family did to my aunt by filing the claim to my cousin's estate is what appalls me-ALMOST as much as the murder itself. They were all from the same small town and no one treated them like the selfish creeps that they were. My aunt didn't need the money-she had wanted to start a charity in her daughter's name. She had thought of buying a house in Toronto for women who were victims of domestic violence. This family took a huge chunk of the estate and prevented my aunt from purchasing the house.. How they held their heads up high in the community is beyond me.

    And to make matters worse, this situation wasn't even unusual enough to make much of a splash in the news. What that says about the prevalence of domestic violence and the violent murder of women is really distressing to me.
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