Eventually, he made his debut on the late-night show, , based on the life of Chopper Read; Australian criminal.For the movie, he gained thirty pounds for the movie, spend two days with Reading and arrived on set five hours earlier in order to get covered in reading's trademark tattoos.He starred in several sketch-comedy shows in Australia, including ‘The Eric Bana Show’, but came to prominence and was recognized as a talented actor for his powerful performance in the dark drama film ‘Chopper’, which also earned him the opportunity to venture into Hollywood movies.
During his journey till now, he featured in several hit movies and tv series through which he earned a good sum of money.
He is also listed in one of the richest actors in Australia.
In 1995, Eric began dating Rebecca Gleeson, a publicist and daughter of Australian High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson.
The following year, he was named “Bachelor of the Year” by Cleo Magazine, and won a trip for two to the United States.
It's a worthy tribute (and clearly Disney-influenced) to what is described as the greatest Coast Guard small-boat rescue.