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John Lithgow Regrets Saying No to Joker in Tim Burton's Batman

14 June 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been widely reported for years that John Lithgow was in the running to play the Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 vision of Batman, which was originally going to be directed by Gremlins helmer Joe Dante. But Lithgow is now, nearly 30 years later, finally commenting on his decision to not take the role. The role obviously went to Jack Nicholson, who went on to universal acclaim for his portrayal of the Joker. Before Nicholson, it was Caesar Romero's version on the campy 1960s television series, which Nicholson ditched in favor of a darker, more sinister take on the villain.

Back in 1989, a Batman movie by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton was a bit of a gamble. Lithgow spoke to Vulture about his regret of not taking the role and his circumstances around that time. Lithgow explains.

"My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman. I have never told anyone this story, »

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Tom Hanks Was Everyone's Bff at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

3 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Is there anyone who doesn't love Tom Hanks?

The 60-year-old actor may not have had his wife, Rita Wilson, by his side at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Monday, but he was still in good company in the desert.

Exclusive: Tom Hanks Adorably Celebrates Wife Rita Wilson's Birthday on the Red Carpet at 'Inferno' L.A. Premiere

At the gala, a scruffy Hanks was honored with the Icon Award for his portrayal of the real-life Captain Chesley Sullenberger in Sully, which was presented to him by co-star Laura Linney.

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"I was thrilled and stunned to hear the fabulous actor Andrew Garfield finally, finally see to it that the Palm Springs International Film Festival gave some love to Joe Versus the Volcano," Hanks joked while accepting the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Andrew Garfield revealing earlier in the night that Hanks' »

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