Getting access to new skills from world-class experts is one of Eckhart’s favorite things about making movies, whether it’s chicken-deboning for For him, playing a character often means throwing himself into the physicality of it: “Not forcing it, but saying for the next five minutes I am going to be that character physically.
Then all of a sudden, your body does things that you don’t know.
He spent years of his life as a surf bum, and then a ski bum.
Born in California, he moved to England at 13 when his father relocated the family.
He doesn’t get to surf as often as he’d like, and he’s had to give up skiing and snowboarding recently, because if he breaks a leg on the slopes, he puts an entire film crew out of business.
So Eckhart shadowboxes most days, and has taken up golf and tennis for the first time in many years.
Eckhart was born in Cupertino, California, and is the youngest of three sons born to Mary Eckhart, a poet and children's author, and James C. His brothers are James Lawrence Eckhart (born 1963) and Adam Eckhart (born 1966).
Eckhart was raised as a Mormon in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.