How Time Traveler star made it his own

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The film based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife is finally out in theaters next month, and star Eric Bana says that he tried to make the character of time traveler Henry DeTamble his own, without riling fans.

DeTamble is a man with a genetic anomaly that causes him to come unstuck in time, disappearing from his wife's (Rachel McAdams) life while she waits for him.

"With all those things, it's so tricky, because you're just trying to make it yours," Bana said in a group interview Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was promoting the comedy Funny People. "You've got to honor where it's come from, but, at the same time, you have to be careful not to treat them with too much reverence and try to make them your own at the same time. So I guess that's always the tricky thing in the balance. But I felt like I was in great hands, in between [director] Robert [Schwentke] and Rachel, two fantastic people to work with, who really understood the source material. Yeah, I had a great time, and I love the film."

SCI FI Wire previously reported, via McAdams, that the film was delayed as while the production waited for Bana to reshoot one scene. He had shaved his head to play Star Trek villain Nero, so Time Traveler waited for his hair to grow back. Bana clarified that the film was never supposed to come out earlier.

"That's not entirely true, actually," Bana said. "The film was still finished at its original date, so it really didn't have anything to do with it."

Since the film met production deadlines, Bana simply chose to wait for his own hair to complete the scenes. "I was bald for Star Trek, so we had a couple things that we still had to shoot, and it didn't really matter," he said. "So I just thought, 'Why not wait for me to grow it if you don't need it [earlier] anyway, rather than wearing a wig, basically?' It didn't have any effect on the film or the release date."

Bana played Nero in Star Trek (Click to enlarge)

What about any involvement in a proposed sequel to this summer's hit Star Trek? Bana, whose character perishes in Trek, put the kibosh on speculation that he might return in a sequel.

"Unfortunately, no, I don't think so," Bana said. "It was a one-shot deal. I had a great time. The whole Star Trek thing has been nothing but a blast and a great, fun ride. Right from the get-go, the shooting, the junket was fun, the touring with a really great cast, great group of people. We had a great time traveling together."

The Time Traveler's Wife opens Aug. 14.