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Josh Hartnett Clarifies His Statements About Turning Down Christopher Nolan's Batman

Josh Hartnett and his girlfriend Tamsin Egerton grab a sweet treat together on Sunday (May 24) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 36-year-old actor recently made some comments about turning down the chance to work with Christopher Nolan and deciding he didn’t want to play Batman, a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale. Josh is now clarifying his comments.

“I always regret being honest about certain things. The way they come out and get decontextualized makes it sound like a boast. In that particular situation, it wasn’t what we were talking about at all. We were talking about, at that particular time in my life, do I regret anything in particular? He was talking specifically about Superman at that point. I said no, I don’t regret it. I regret some of the relationships I could have formed that I didn’t form,” Josh said (via USA Today).

“And I said, for example, I was really interested in this movie that Christopher Nolan’s brother wrote and it’s called The Prestige. I went and had a meeting with them. Warner Brothers wanted me to talk about Batman. I wanted to talk about The Prestige. I don’t read my own press as much as possible. I just kind of — you have to be cautious about how you put certain things,” he continued.

Click inside to read Josh’s entire statement about the Batman mixup… More Here! »

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Josh Hartnett Always Felt He Could Do 'Whatever the Hell He Wanted'

Josh Hartnett rides on a horse on the set of his new movie on Tuesday (May 12) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 36-year-old actor recently opened up about his younger self.

“I’ve always felt that I could do whatever the hell I wanted. Maybe that’s the product of growing up when I did and where I did,” Josh told USA Today. “My parents weren’t wealthy, but I was told to follow my heart. That comes naturally for me, and I know that’s privileged.

“I’m becoming less and less like that as I get older and more adherent to the strictures I didn’t (care) about before. Maybe that’s just growing up,” Josh added.

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Josh Hartnett Talks Season Two of 'Penny Dreadful' on 'Late Night' - Watch Here!

Josh Hartnett is handsome as he exits out of NBC Studios after making an appearance on The Today Show on Thursday (May 7) in New York City.

That same evening, the 36-year-old actor stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about his teen days and to promote the second season of his hit show Penny Dreadful – Watch the interview below!

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Penny Dreadful, which also stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, airs on Showtime every Sunday at 10pm ET/PT!


Josh Hartnett – ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

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Reeve Carney Screens 'Penny Dreadful' Season Two in NYC

Reeve Carney sports a serious mustache while posing at a season two screening of his hit show Penny Dreadful held at Tribeca Cinemas on Thursday night (April 30) in New York City.

The 32-year-old actor/musician was joined by his brother Zane.

During the Q&A portion, Reeve confirmed that his character Dorian Gray will be getting a new love interest this season!

Don’t forget to tune in for the second season premiere of Penny Dreadful this Sunday, May 3 @ 10PM on Showtime!

Also pictured below: Reeve‘s co-star Josh Hartnett getting into character on set of his new movie a few days earlier in Prague, Czech Republic.

10+ pictures inside of Reeve Carney premiering his show in NYC… More Here! »

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Josh Hartnett Premieres 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2 in Toronto

Josh Hartnett stops to pose while stepping out for the season two premiere of his hit show Penny Dreadful held at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday night (April 21) in Toronto, Canada.

The 36-year-old actor was joined on the carpet by The Affair star Maura Tierney and Shameless actress Shanola Hampton, as well as President of Showtime David Nevins.

In case you missed it, check out the trailer for the second season of Penny Dreadful! The show returns on Sunday, May 3 @ 10 PM ET/PT!

10+ pictures inside of Josh Harnett and more at the Penny Dreadful premiere… More Here! »

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Josh Hartnett Says He Made a Mistake Turning Down Christopher Nolan's 'Batman'

Josh Hartnett is all about Freedom in this brand new feature from Playboy‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 36-year-old actor had to share:

On why he took a break from Hollywood: “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.”

On mistakes he made early in his career: “I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people. People don’t like being told no. 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. 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?”

On his “know it all” younger self: “Fame can be a dangerous thing. It can destroy you. I used to put myself in positions where I spoke up when I probably should have been listening. When you’re young and have convictions, and fame suddenly gives you a microphone, you think, I’m going to tell everybody how it is. I had to take a step back from doing that to figure out, Do I actually know what I’m talking about?”

For more from Josh, visit Playboy.com.

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Josh Hartnett & Tamsin Egerton Share Precious Moment at LAX Airport

Josh Hartnett carries a small bag while arriving for a departing flight at LAX Airport on Friday (April 3) in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actor was seen showing some adoration for his girlfriend Tamsin Egerton while standing at an airline desk.

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Check out a new clip below of Josh chatting about his character in a new promo for the second season of his Showtime show Penny Dreadful, which premieres on May 3.


Josh Hartnett – ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 2 Promo

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