Josh Hartnett Turned Down Christopher Nolan’s Offer To Play Batman

 Josh Harnett was the go-to-white guy in movies in the late 90s /early 2000s then he decided he was too good to be in Hollywood blockbusters, so now he’s on a show on Showtime where he plays a werewolf. Cool. But here’s a story he told Playboy about the time his head was so far up his own ass that he turned down Batman Begins after Christopher Nolan asked him personally. He’s playing a werewolf now, so no regrets!

I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry. People don’t like being told no. I don’t like it. I learned my lesson when [writer-director] Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn’t for me. Then he didn’t want to put me in The Prestige. They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend at the time. That’s when I realized relationships were formed in the fire of that first Batman film and I should have been part of the relationship with this guy Nolan, who I felt was incredibly cool and very talented. I was so focused on not being pigeonholed and so scared of being considered only one thing as an actor. I should have thought, Well, then, work harder, man. Watching Christian Bale go on to do so many other things has been just awesome. I mean, he’s been able to overcome that. Why couldn’t I see that at the time?

Hartnett kinda paints Nolan as a revenge-fueled dick, which we’ve heard before, but in 2012 I was at a bar in Hollywood and Amanda Seyfried walked up behind me and said, “Crowded in here, huh?”. She was with Josh Hartnett who was wearing a wool beanie, an army coat, and a really big scarf. In Los Angeles. It was 75 degrees. Anyway, that’s all I got. Draw your own conclusions on his personality based on his wardrobe choices.

 

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Christopher Nolan Is Kind Of A Douche

By now, you’ve probably already bought your ticket to see the most anticipated movie of the year, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar (hopefully you’re doing 70mm IMAX), starring Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. Oh, Jessica Chastain is also in a another movie coming out this year called, A Most Violent Year, but you’ll never know because Christopher Nolan has banned her from taking about it or he’ll sue her tits off. New York Times (via Defamer)

For stars, hitting the publicity trail is a decades-old practice, and for studios it is a standard, and essential, piece of marketing strategy. Initially, Mr. Chandor and his backers — Participant Media and the independent distributor A24 — believed that Ms. Chastain, while blocked from media appearances, would be allowed to attend the screenings and get-togethers that are de rigueur for those seeking Golden Globes and other prizes that pave the way to the Oscars. On that assumption, they arranged to release “A Most Violent Year” in a small number of theaters on Dec. 31, to qualify it for awards in 2015, with a wider opening to follow. But Mr. Nolan and his backers have insisted that Ms. Chastain’s contract forbids even those semiprivate encounters and have not given in to pleas from Mr. Chandor, A24 and others for a waiver. Next week, however, she will be permitted to attend a private tastemakers’ screening at the Creative Artists Agency here.

I’m going to operate under the assumption that Interstellar will be better than A Most Violent Year, because Nolan has only swung and missed on one movie. For real, wtf was The Dark Knight Rises About? Hey, let’s make a 4 hour Batman movie and show Batman for like 5 minutes and brush over the fact that Batman could have punched Bane in the mask like 15 minutes in. Anyway, I can’t really think of a reason why Jessica Chastain can’t promote both films. Will her promoting A Most Violent Year, make Interstellar lose a dollar? Is that what you’re worried about? How much fucking money do you need, Nolan? Scarves aren’t that expensive.

 

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Yeah, So This Is Henry Cavill As Superman

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The first image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder‘s Superman: Man Of Steel hit online today, and uhh, nice hair. So does Superman have a van now? Does he supplement his reporter salary by doing Just For Men ads? What the fuck is this? “I normally don’t have my picture taken, but when I do, I prefer extra hair product. Stay homoerotic, my friends.”

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Christopher Nolan Is Now Dead To Me

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In a press release issued by Warner Bros. today, Christopher Nolan announced that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises. You may know Ms. Kyle, by her more famous name, Catwoman. Also, the reason why Tom Hardy was cast has also made known. He’s Bane. The villain who broke Batman’s back leaving him paralyzed. Sounds like fun for the whole family! JoBlo reports:

Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle (who, of course, eventually becomes Catwoman), and Tom Hardy is portraying Bane. While Catwoman has a long and storied history with the Bat, Bane is a relatively new foe, first appearing in DC Comics in 1993. Most know Bane as the “Man Who Broke the Bat” after the villainous character sniffed out Batman’s true identity and snapped his back, paralyzing him… Should be interesting to see where Nolan takes these two characters – I certainly never thought that Catwoman would appear in this particular Gotham. Here’s the full press release for y’all: Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.” In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”

Catwoman is a sexy, unrelenting badass, and Anne Hathaway was in the Princess Diaries once. Wonderful. For her sake, I hope they vacuum seal her in that leather costume, or I’m really going to start to think that Nolan believes Bruce Wayne is a closeted homosexual. First Maggie Gyllenhaal now Hathaway? Do Batman and Catwoman fight then go pick out comforters and table settings together? What’s happening here? But I’m more worried about how Nolan plans to turn Tom Hardy into this. Maybe saw him in Bronson. Or maybe they’re just pulling names out of a hat at this point. Maybe they cast Miley Cyrus as The Penguin or Kirk Cameron as a black guy.

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Heath Ledger Might Be In The Dark Knight Rises

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Don’t look now, but I might be hard. Oh, okay. You can look! Stuff reports:

Christopher Nolan is reportedly considering using previously unseen footage of Heath Ledger in the new Batman movie. “The idea is to use these fragments of cut scenes and use CGI to have The Joker appear one last time,” a source explained. “Chris wants some continuity between movies and for the franchise to pay tribute to Heath and his portrayal of the Joker.” It is thought only a snippet of footage will be used, although the plan is only in the early stages at the moment. If it goes ahead it is likely to be a hit with fans and industry professionals alike, as Heath’s portrayal of the Joker has gone down in film history as one of the most intense depictions of a character ever seen. “It would only be a fleeting moment in the movie and would only be included with the full consent of Heath’s family,” the source added.

Of course this is all just unsubstantiated rumor and speculation, but Christopher Nolan couldn’t make a bad movie if he tried and Heath Ledger as The Joker was utterly brilliant, so I’m going to live my life like this is 100% true. Just like the time my girlfriend told me that size doesn’t matter and that she loves me just for me. She’s so sweet!

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