Hollywood star Eric Bana mingles with crowds at Isle of Man TT

Eric Bana pictured by Isle of Man Newspapers photographer Mike Wade at the TT Grandstand in Douglas yesterday

Eric Bana pictured by Isle of Man Newspapers photographer Mike Wade at the TT Grandstand in Douglas yesterday

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Hollywood actor Eric Bana has returned to the TT to support two-time TT winner and friend Cameron Donald as he takes on the world-famous course.

The Australian actor, 47, who starred as Bruce Banner in the 2003 film Hulk, is taking time out from his work schedule to watch the races in the island.

iomtoday caught up with him at the Grandstand yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Eric said: ‘I was in London for work things so I just ducked over for a look, it’s good being here early in the week,’

This is the second time he has visited the island for TT and said it was a ’happy accident’ that he could find time to come to the races.

‘It’s always nice getting here ahead of race day so I’ll get a chance to really get out and have a look around, I didn’t get to do that last time.

‘I enjoy the spirit of the event, the history, the inherent danger and the fact it’s still going on - just everything about it!’

The famous actor, who recently starred alongside Ricky Gervais in ‘Special Correspondents’ which came out in April, first attended the TT four years ago.

Talking about this year’s races he said: ‘I’m looking forward to getting out and experiencing the island. I like the atmosphere of the TT, looking around all the workshops, talking to the mechanics, checking out the bikes up close and seeing the machinery here, and I’m hoping Cam does well.’

Fellow Australian Cameron is racing with Wilson Craig this year

‘I think if you’re a fan of the TT you respect all the riders,’ Eric said. ‘Everyone takes huge risks and I think everyone that appreciates motorsport appreciates the show they put on.’

Cameron Donald has won two TT races. He is originally from Victoria in Australia while Eric hails from Melbourne.

On his Twitter account Eric, who has more than 50,000 followers, profiles himself in this way: ‘All things 2 wheeled, 4 wheeled & occasionally 1 wheeled. Part time actor.’

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TT fans can expect a feast of action on the telly over the coming week.

ITV 4 is the place to go to to watch the action unfold.

Already this week there have been warm-up documentaries on Ian Hutchinson and sidecar superstars.

Most programmes are due to air at 9pm.

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