Josh Hartnett Talks Hollywood Break + ‘Batman’ Regrets

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Published April 16, 2015

Josh Harnett photographed by Michael MullerPin
Josh Hartnett photographed by Michael Muller

Promoting Penny Dreadful, Josh Hartnett connects with Playboy for an interview. Addressing his break from Hollywood after what seemed like the best opportunity to become a huge blockbuster star, Hartnett confesses, “The intensity of my sudden fame was overwhelming for me, and in the middle of that, I felt I couldn’t trust any new person I met or their motives. I spent a lot of time back home in Minnesota with my friends and family. I did smaller movies, and I stopped working for a while. If I could go back and take with me my wisdom of today, I wish I’d been more resilient. I hope I wouldn’t be as panicked as I was. Maybe I’d have known that no matter what people try to take from you, you don’t have to give it to them. I’ve definitely grown a bit.”

Reflecting on learning difficult lessons in Hollywood, Hartnett talks about his experience with Christopher Nolan. The 36 year-old actor explains, “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. Read more at Playboy.com.


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