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Batman: Ray Liotta on turning down his audition

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Ray Liotta reveals he turned down the chance to meet Tim Burton, and chat about potentially playing Batman.

Head back to the middle of the 1980s, and Warner Bros was in the infancy of putting together its first modern-day Batman movie. Tim Burton was set to direct, and speculation was rife as to who would play the Dark Knight in the film.

Michael Keaton got the role in the end, of course, his casting causing no shortage of controversy. But as it turns out, Ray Liotta was asked to meet with Tim Burton to try out for the lead role – and he turned the opportunity down.

"I think Tim Burton is a great, great director, and I always regretted not going and meeting him, just to talk”, the actor has now admitted to the Los Angeles Time.

Batman: Ray Liotta on turning down his audition © Den of Geek Batman: Ray Liotta on turning down his audition Promoting his role in the TV show Shades Of Blue, Liotta admitted that he struggled to get his head around playing Batman, in an era where superhero movies were pretty much non-existent. “It just seemed silly”, he said.

That said, while Batman was being made, Liotta would end up making the likes of Field Of Dreams and Goodfellas instead. It’s hard to call that a bad ending to the story, really.

Los Angeles Times.

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