Why Josh Hartnett Didn’t Want to Play Batman or Superman – E! Online

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Why Josh Hartnett Didn't Want to Play Batman or Superman - E! Online

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Josh Hartnett never ever wished to play a superhero.

Back in January, the 42-year-old Pearl Harbor star informed Variety that he had actually rejected a deal to play Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns and was on Christopher Nolan‘s list for Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy. Now, in an interview with UK paper Metro, Hartnett remembered why he chose to hand down both functions.

“At the time it didn’t seem like the sort of decision I would be talking about 15 years later,” he stated. “There were a lot of powers that be that wanted me to pursue those films, but I have always been interested in stories about people and I didn’t want to be boxed into that superhero type. Back then a lot of actors had to fight really hard to get their career back after they played those characters.”

Hartnett stated, “At that age it is very easy to become someone else’s tool or someone else’s puppet. I was very aware of the choices I was making and I wanted them to be my choices.”

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