We hear a lot about Hollywood being a violent place and people struggling to survive there. But from time to time we hear stories about how big stars transfer their knowledge and take another actor under their wing. Denzel Washington is one of the major actors who simultaneously spread his knowledge, helping such stars as the iconic Tom Hanks. By comparison, Michael Keaton apparently got valuable advice from Jack Nicholson when they worked together on Batman in the ’80s, but he doesn’t work these days.
Something very special happens when you gather a bunch of acting icons to talk, and The Hollywood Reporter did just that when they put Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Brian Cox and three other popular actors in a room for their drama. Actor Emmy Round Table. The stars chat about different things, but when the topic of fatherhood and taking a break from work to become a real father comes up, the conversation turns to the advice that Keaton received from Jack Nicholson at the time, and which is not quite right. transfer to the film industry these days.
Obviously, Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton were both under the impression that Batman was a risky movie. Their “Batman” was pretty much the first huge Batman movie, and no one knew what it would turn out to be. Nicholson apparently told Keaton that if it was a hit, Keaton wouldn’t have to worry about his acting future if other projects failed. Since he would have this huge movie in his bat suit belt, the dips would pale in comparison. Here is the story from the words of Keaton himself:
Yes, yes, yes. So we’re in the car and he’s talking about the movie. And we all knew that this was a huge risk, and if it decreased, [I] would burn out, and it would be a big and difficult recovery. But I also knew that if it worked, it could change my landscape. So Jack says, “Keats, if this thing becomes a hit, you can go and make four or five flops without even worrying about it.” three, and it didn’t matter. Not now, man. You’ve got one slip, and it’s fucked up.
Of course, Batman was a huge success, and almost every Batman movie since then has taken its place (yes, even Batman and Robin, the movie everyone loves to hate) in DC superhero history. While Jack Nicholson’s advice was sound when he gave it, he is also an actor who has played a number of iconic roles at the time (“The Shining,” “Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” I could go on for a while). His splendor greatly outweighs his not so bad.
However, nowadays the public is very interested in the career and success of an actor. If you look at such beloved stars as Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds, you will see that they don’t often miss, and they haven’t had a less than epic movie for many years. They are also active with their fans and have established themselves as the ones people adore.
However, it’s hard to maintain a reputation as a heavy hitter. If Dwayne Johnson or Ryan Reynolds, for example, release a less-than-amazing movie that they’ve put their heart into and put a stamp of approval on, the public could potentially start turning away from them. They will no longer be stars that don’t miss, but will be stars that fall. It’s hard there, and perhaps unfair. Maybe that’s why Reynolds still took a rather big acting break.
Michael Keaton has had his share of amazing roles, too, although his performance as Batman remains a huge fan favorite, and some of the greatest Batman moments in history belong to him. Keaton has returned to his role as Batman in the upcoming Flash movie, and you can also see him in a bat suit again in the upcoming new 2022 movie Batgirl. What a time to be an OG Batman fan.
While Jack Nicholson’s advice may not be as sound these days as it was in the late ’80s, I don’t believe Michael Keaton has nothing to worry about if failure ruins him. It’s like he’s entering the second prime, and I’m all about that.