EXCLUSIVE 'I'd come home and not want to make eye contact': Eric Bana reveals

EXCLUSIVE ‘I’d come home and not want to make eye contact’: Eric Bana reveals how playing a sociopath in Netflix’s Dirty John was both ‘uncomfortable and interesting’

Australian actor Eric Bana plays American con artist and sociopath John Meehan in Netflix‘s true-crime series Dirty John.

And the happily married star, 50, found his portrayal of the complex character both ‘uncomfortable and interesting’.  

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday, Eric said: ‘It does have an effect. You could go away feeling too much like John at the end of the day.’

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EXCLUSIVE 'I'd come home and not want to make eye contact': Eric Bana reveals how playing a sociopath in Netflix's Dirty John was both 'uncomfortable and interesting'

EXCLUSIVE ‘I’d come home and not want to make eye contact’: Eric Bana reveals how playing a sociopath in Netflix’s Dirty John was both ‘uncomfortable and interesting’

Dirty John, starring Eric and American actress Connie Britton, is an eight-part true crime anthology series based on the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name.

While Eric says he has become ‘pretty good at switching off’ over his more than two decades in the industry, he admits there are definitely certain characters that leave an impact on him while he’s shooting. 

‘There is part of your brain that is always – because you have to – creatively thinking about the character and the work you have tomorrow. You are definitively dedicating a good part of your brain to your character and you character’s thought processes. In makes sense that it’s going to be a little uncomfortable.’

Based on a true story! Dirty John, starring Eric and American actress Connie Britton, is an eight-part true crime anthology series based on the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name about John Meehan (LEFT) and Debra Newell (RIGHT)

Based on a true story! Dirty John, starring Eric and American actress Connie Britton, is an eight-part true crime anthology series based on the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name about John Meehan (LEFT) and Debra Newell (RIGHT)

'You could go away feeling too much like John at the end of the day': While Eric says he has become 'pretty good at switching off' over his more than two decades in the industry, he admits the characters left an impact on him while shooting (Pictured in Dirty John with co-star Connie Britton)

‘You could go away feeling too much like John at the end of the day’: While Eric says he has become ‘pretty good at switching off’ over his more than two decades in the industry, he admits the characters left an impact on him while shooting (Pictured in Dirty John with co-star Connie Britton)

Eric, who has been married to Rebecca Gleeson since 1997, claimed coming home from set on the intense docu-series was hard at times.

‘It’s not something that manifests itself in outward behavior, but most definitely there are times I’d come home from work and just be like “don’t look at that person”. I didn’t want to make eye contact,’ adding he was still thinking about the character.

‘I walked around feeling guilty most of the time because of the affect that he (John) has and his behaviour. ‘

'There are times I'd come home from work and just be like "don't look at that person"': Eric, who is happily married to Rebecca Gleeson(LEFT), claimed he often 'walked around feeling guilty'

‘There are times I’d come home from work and just be like “don’t look at that person”‘: Eric, who is happily married to Rebecca Gleeson(LEFT), claimed he often ‘walked around feeling guilty’

'Getting into the psychology of a that (sociopath con artist), it was very interesting': Eric wanted to provide a 'convincing portrayal' of men like John and hoped it would spark conversation about spotting red flags in other relationships

‘Getting into the psychology of a that (sociopath con artist), it was very interesting’: Eric wanted to provide a ‘convincing portrayal’ of men like John and hoped it would spark conversation about spotting red flags in other relationships

Preparing for the role, Eric said he drew on his past work and concentrated on traits specific to John’s conman behaviours.

‘Getting into the psychology of a that (sociopath con artist), it was very interesting. I just tried to come up with a version of John that spoke to that character type. It was about convincingly portraying what these types of men are like,’ Eric explained.

Eric is aware that some viewers will be triggered by the eight-part series, but hopes it can insight conversations and help fans spot red flags in unhealthy relationships. 

‘Hopefully there are a few John Meehan’s around who are being caught out a lot earlier they they would be!’

Dirty John is now available on Netflix Australia

Out now! Dirty John is now available on Netflix Australia