Deliver Us From Evil Exclusive: Eric Bana on How Playing Real Person Is "Awkward"

In Deliver Us From Evil, Eric Bana portrays a real life NYPD detective, Ralph Sarchie, as the film chronicles his battle solving crimes based on demonic possession.

Having the real Ralph Sarchie on the set, Bana admitted, was a priceless asset to bringing the Deliver Us From Evil story to life -- particularly for him as he plays him!

Check out this Deliver Us From Evil clip for more on the real Sarchie, and you can see also that it could be quite weird to play someone who is real! “Initially it can be quite awkward because, well, it would be awkward meeting an actor who’s playing an interpretation of you,” Bana said.

“But, I really enjoyed being around Ralph and quite often there is something about someone’s presence that’s hard to read on paper. I got a sense of that. There’s a real strength. There’s a real swagger there that affected the end character.”

And given that what Sarchie experiences in his battle of demons versus God’s will on Earth, we wondered if it mattered to Bana whether he even believed in the supernatural in terms of capturing this story? 

“As an actor, you have to remain open,” he said. “For me, it was about being open, about learning more about the subject matter.”

Bana also chimed in on his stellar co-star, Edgar Ramirez, as well as what he thinks about Deliver Us From Evil director Scott Derrickson getting the big gig as the director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange!

Check out the Deliver Us From Evil trailer and be sure to witness the flick when it lands in theaters July 2.

Deliver Us From Evil Poster
The official poster for Deliver Us From Evil. Eric Bana stars as a NYPD detective hot on the trail of the... devil!

June 30, 2014