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Meet Josh Hartnett, the one-time star who turned down offers to play Superman, Batman, Spider-Man

Josh Hartnett was a Hollywood heartthrob. After starring in back-to-back hits Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor (in the similar year), the actor was pegged as the subsequent massive star. Offers to play superheroes got here in, however the actor, in an attention-grabbing transfer, turned his back on all of them, selecting as a substitute to seem in smaller movies over the subsequent decade.

In reality, he grew to become intrinsically linked to Hollywood infamy after it was reported that he turned down offers to play Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. But it’s just a little extra sophisticated than that.

In an interview to Variety earlier this year, Hartnett said that the solely outright offer he acquired was for Superman Returns, directed by Brian Singer and finally starring Brandon Routh. While he met with Christopher Nolan, he wasn’t supplied technically supplied the position of Batman in Batman Begins. Christian Bale was finally forged. As for Spider-Man, Hartnett said that it was faux news.

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“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer. But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies. I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

He said unequivocally that he wasn’t supplied Batman. “No, Batman wasn’t an audition or an offer. It was a conversation with the director [Christopher Nolan]. I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

But in 2014, the actor had advised Details journal, “Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn’t want that.” He’d added, “I didn’t want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.”

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Hartnett said that his team didn’t take kindly to his profession path. “I didn’t have those agents for much longer after that. There was a lot of infighting between my manager and agents, trying to figure out who to put the blame on. It got to the point where none of us were able to work together,” he said.

The actor made a comeback of types with the profitable Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and might be seen in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Cash Truck subsequent year.

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