Unlike Frank Sinatra, Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett has no qualms about sharing his regrets about his acting career, including his choice to turn down the role of the Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. In a recent Associated Press interview, Hartnett took the opportunity to finally set the record straight about his reasons for turning the film down.
“It wasn’t about not doing studio films. At the time, what I was interested in was the film that I did instead of that -- a tiny film about a guy with Asperger’s Syndrome falling in love with a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, a true story, [which] ended up being called Mozart And The Whale," Harnett explained. "It was just a question more of what I wanted to do as opposed to what I didn’t want to do, and I always try to look at things that way.”
"I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they’re making films and in that instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with [Christopher Nolan], more than it was [not] doing Batman," he added.
Although he has appeared in a few non-superhero comic book adaptations over the years, including roles in 30 Days of Night and Sin City, Hartnett certainly seems to be in no rush to hop on the superhero movie bandwagon; his next movie, an unconventional comedy/drama titled Oh, Lucy!, is set for release later this year.