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(New Musical Express)   Josh Hartnett reveals he turned down to play the greatest superhero of them all, Batman, and also turned down the chance to play two of the shiattest heroes ever conceived as well   (nme.com) divider line 92
    More: Interesting, Josh Hartnett, Heroes, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, US TV, Bryan Singer, comic books  
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2014-04-30 09:46:15 AM  
So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.
 
2014-04-30 10:01:53 AM  
He is a god awful actor.
 
2014-04-30 10:18:52 AM  
Asked how he would handle a similar offer now, he states: "I'd say, please, hire me for anything. I really need the work. I haven't had a decent role in years. I'm begging you. I'll even do farking Aquaman. I just need the money.  'Let's talk about how it would be done, see if we can get on the same page. Compromise doesn't scare me anymore."
 
2014-04-30 10:20:29 AM  
He's still alive?
 
2014-04-30 10:21:44 AM  

BalugaJoe: He is a god awful actor.


I didn't mind him in Sin City or Black Hawk Down
 
2014-04-30 10:22:14 AM  
Prima Posta trying to out troll trollmitter?
 
2014-04-30 10:22:58 AM  
Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?
 
2014-04-30 10:25:43 AM  
.... I really liked Lucky Number Slevin... THERE I SAID IT
 
2014-04-30 10:29:53 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?


Thanks, I didn't want to be the only one.
 
2014-04-30 10:30:30 AM  

MichiganFTL: BalugaJoe: He is a god awful actor.

I didn't mind him in Sin City or Black Hawk Down


he tore it up in Lucky # Slevin
 
2014-04-30 10:31:13 AM  
I've never seen anyone disappear from fame so fast for no particular reason. He's like Freddie Prinze Jr. I think it's because of fickle teenage girls who collectively decided that they were old news, Hollywood heard them, and dumped these guys fast.
 
2014-04-30 10:32:08 AM  
Subby sounds like loads of fun. By which I mean fat.
 
2014-04-30 10:38:18 AM  
Black Hawk Down, 30 Days of Night, Lucky Number Sleven, Sin City. I don't get the hatred for him
 
2014-04-30 10:43:31 AM  
Just watched the first episode of his new TV series, Penny Dreadful, online through Showtime. Have to admit, I was hooked, although his character was my least favorite.
 
2014-04-30 10:45:05 AM  

daisiem: Just watched the first episode of his new TV series, Penny Dreadful, online through Showtime. Have to admit, I was hooked, although his character was my least favorite.


That show's giving me a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe, but time will tell if it's the comic book or the movie version.
 
2014-04-30 10:45:48 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: .... I really liked Lucky Number Slevin... THERE I SAID IT


I loved that movie.  I don't know why some people seem to really hate it.
 
2014-04-30 10:54:31 AM  
shiattiest superheroes ever conceived?

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-30 11:01:20 AM  

CarnySaur: daisiem: Just watched the first episode of his new TV series, Penny Dreadful, online through Showtime. Have to admit, I was hooked, although his character was my least favorite.

That show's giving me a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe, but time will tell if it's the comic book or the movie version.


So much like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Too bad the movie was crap
 
2014-04-30 11:08:27 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.


I'm pregnant

Also, hey Hartnett, the roles only define you if you're lacking in talent (or if you're just unlucky like Reeves).

I don't see Christian Bale being defined for it. He's still putting out world class work in other succesful and awarded movies
 
2014-04-30 11:10:03 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?


Grandson of William Harnett, famous Irish painter.  William used to specialize in still life painting.  During the famine, he used to troll the populous of Dublin by  painting giant canvases of potatoes and hang them all the city.  The Dubliners  got so fed up, he was drawn and quartered by 4 red squirrels
 
2014-04-30 11:12:52 AM  
Good!
 
2014-04-30 11:13:25 AM  

The Banana Thug: I've never seen anyone disappear from fame so fast for no particular reason. He's like Freddie Prinze Jr. I think it's because of fickle teenage girls who collectively decided that they were old news, Hollywood heard them, and dumped these guys fast.


Csb: I worked at a woodfired pizza place in St. Paul for a few years and Hartnett, an MN native, would come by every few months and pick up a few pies. In my experience, the teenage girls I worked with never thought he was old news. /csb

/Never thought he was much of an actor.
 
2014-04-30 11:17:35 AM  
Im glad he past on this, because CB set the bar for playing Batman so high, that even Superman would have a hard time jumping over it, and they say he can jump over tall buildings in a single bound.
 
2014-04-30 11:27:41 AM  
I just don't buy it.  I find it next to impossible to believe that a young actor, 22 years old, was asked to star in the revival of a major franchise and he turned it down because he didn't want it to 'define' him.

I need to see a copy of all the "offers" of these roles.

I'm not an actor, I don't want to be an actor, I can't act.  But if they called me and said "We want you, a nobody, to be the next Batman!" I'd say "Meh, I'll give it a shot!"

/then again, Shelly Long DID quit Cheers.  So maybe I just don't "get" actors
 
2014-04-30 11:34:03 AM  
A much better choice for the next Batman would be Karl Urban.
 
2014-04-30 11:42:26 AM  

MichiganFTL: BalugaJoe: He is a god awful actor.

I didn't mind him in Sin City or Black Hawk Down


Lucky Number Sleven was pretty good too.
 
2014-04-30 11:45:59 AM  
I don't believe him
Too tall for Peter Parker, with that thin stringy hair wrong for Clark kent and Bruce Wayne
Just the wrong look for all three
 
2014-04-30 11:49:26 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.


My dream Batman story (I'd never get to write it myself except as fan-fic, which I won't do) is a Golden Age setting in the 1940s. Batman would be the rich billionaire playboy/world's greatest detective. He'd be serious, but not grim, and all the villains would have costumes based on their Golden Age designs. So kind of like TAS but not animated.
 
2014-04-30 11:54:00 AM  

LordZorch: A much better choice for the next Batman would be Karl Urban.


Nope, keep him away from it until there's a series of Dredd films.

/Good choice though.
 
2014-04-30 11:56:32 AM  

Brick-House: Im glad he past on this, because CB set the bar for playing Batman so high, that even Superman would have a hard time jumping over it, and they say he can jump over tall buildings in a single bound.


kevin Conroy needs to change his monogrammed towels, I see.
 
2014-04-30 12:13:04 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?


He was an up-and-coming teen heartthrob in the mold of Ashton Kutcher around 2000.  Then he made Pearl Harbor.
 
2014-04-30 12:21:51 PM  

Fano: Brick-House: Im glad he past on this, because CB set the bar for playing Batman so high, that even Superman would have a hard time jumping over it, and they say he can jump over tall buildings in a single bound.

kevin Conroy needs to change his monogrammed towels, I see.


Voice actor =/= live action actor. Seriously, get over it.
 
2014-04-30 12:25:50 PM  
He's a terrible actor coasting on looks. Slevin was a great movie and I consider that an exception for him.

Also the only movie where I didn't hate Lucy Liu.
 
2014-04-30 12:27:07 PM  

commisioner: LordZorch: A much better choice for the next Batman would be Karl Urban.

Nope, keep him away from it until there's a series of Dredd films.

/Good choice though.


I think Urban could pull off a great Batman/Bruce Wayne, with the separation that Conroy maintained so well.  But I'm with commisioner on Dredd.  Dredd was a great reintroduction to the screen, now it's time to let him play.

I always figured Hartnett would've been a bigger star than he managed by now.  Was it:

A) He really never improved.
B) He was never given a chance to prove himself.
C) He was too picky about roles and/or thought too highly of himself.

He might've made a decent Batman.  Who knows, maybe he'll end up like Josh Brolin, not hitting his stride until his late 30s/early 40s.
 
2014-04-30 12:31:04 PM  
ERMAGHERD

I TOTALLY KNOW WHERE I HAVE SEEN THAT BLUE FAIRY FROM ONCE UPON A TIME NOW!

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I thank you subs. She was in 40 Days and 40 Nights (Moderatley NSFW by the end of it).

Thank you subby for conecting this random set of boobs dots in my head.
 
2014-04-30 12:36:02 PM  

Arkanaut: Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?

He was an up-and-coming teen heartthrob in the mold of Ashton Kutcher around 2000.   Then he made Pearl Harbor.


The complete and absolute irony in this fact, considering the topic at hand.
 
2014-04-30 12:44:31 PM  

rocky_howard: Arkanaut: Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?

He was an up-and-coming teen heartthrob in the mold of Ashton Kutcher around 2000.   Then he made Pearl Harbor.

The complete and absolute irony in this fact, considering the topic at hand.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pM8PrqY5Rg
 
2014-04-30 12:47:05 PM  

Crewmannumber6: rocky_howard: Arkanaut: Crewmannumber6: Ok, I'll be that guy. Who?

He was an up-and-coming teen heartthrob in the mold of Ashton Kutcher around 2000.   Then he made Pearl Harbor.

The complete and absolute irony in this fact, considering the topic at hand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pM8PrqY5Rg


I know. I'm talking about the fact that this guy who claims he rejected being Batman while people don't believe he actually did because his career went to the shiatter after Pearl Harbor was in that exact movie with the guy who's appointed to play Batman now.
 
2014-04-30 01:02:35 PM  
Gosh Hairnet is a pretty man.
 
2014-04-30 01:05:33 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.


Thus spake the emotionally stunted 12 year old...
 
2014-04-30 01:16:27 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.


I do recall Tony Stark being kinda emo about his dad, the broads and the booze in Iron Man 2.

And he was suffering from literal panic attacks in Iron Man 3 while everyone criticized his toy obsession.
 
2014-04-30 01:21:43 PM  

Lord_Dubu: Prima Posta trying to out troll trollmitter?


No Batman is not even a superhero, he's the only one who has to rely solely on technology to achieve superhero status. He's just a guy with fancy toys, anyone could be Batman but not anyone could be spiderman.
 
2014-04-30 01:22:22 PM  

thefatbasturd: FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.

Thus spake the emotionally stunted 12 year old...


No, REAL heroes don't have motivation or personality -- they have a lot of cash that attracts hot chicks. They show their character purely through clever quips delivered during violent retribution, stuff like "They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I'm not going to make you stronger."

Then there's an explosion.

Geez, you just don't get the concept, do you?
 
2014-04-30 01:23:37 PM  
30 Days of Night was pretty fantastic.
 
2014-04-30 01:26:27 PM  

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.

I do recall Tony Stark being kinda emo about his dad, the broads and the booze in Iron Man 2.

And he was suffering from literal panic attacks in Iron Man 3 while everyone criticized his toy obsession.



The number one rule, although not really publicized, is that a superhero must have a weakness, or else he's not interesting.... Even Superman has kryptonite.     Without Tony Stark's booze and relationship issues, or Bruce Wayne's dead parents and his struggle with fear, these will not be relatable characters.

Nobody wants to root for someone who has no obstacles in his path.
 
2014-04-30 01:37:51 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, he turned down the opportunity to play three shiatty superheroes, Subs?

/Batman is a shiatty character. Want to see him done right, look a Iron Man. No whining, no angst, no "MY PARENTS ARE DEAAD, WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", just cool toys, broads, and booze.


Moderate trolling...
 
2014-04-30 01:58:22 PM  
He was charming in Much Ado About Nothing with Kate Winslet :) A bit vacant, but charming.
 
2014-04-30 01:59:49 PM  

Rynnakat: He was charming in Much Ado About Nothing with Kate Winslet :) A bit vacant, but charming.


Kate Beckinsale that is
 
2014-04-30 02:15:33 PM  

Rynnakat: Rynnakat: He was charming in Much Ado About Nothing with Kate Winslet :) A bit vacant, but charming.

Kate Beckinsale that is


Are you sure you're not confusing him with Robert Sean Leonard?  Or is that the joke?

/loved Keaton in that (and just like that we roll it back to Batman)
 
2014-04-30 02:18:40 PM  

thefatbasturd: Thus spake the emotionally stunted 12 year old...


Bruce Wayne commented in this thread?

Seriously, let Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark swap places for a week. By the time Batman has brought his incredible detective skills to bear on one Iron Man opponent, moderately inconveniencing them, Tony will have reinforced Arkham's security systems to eliminate breakouts, vaporized the Joker, cut crime rates in Gotham by a factor of ten, and finished up by showing Catwoman the real reason he's called Iron Man. Tony Stark has issues, but he manages to generally avoid angst.
 
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