Josh Hartnett reveals the reason he turned down a role that would have made him a Hollywood star 


Josh Hartnett reveals the one role he regrets turning down that would have set him up for Hollywood superstardom


Josh Hartnett appeared set for a long career in Hollywood before turning his back on Tinseltown to return to his home in Minnesota.

Now the actor has revealed in an interview with News.com.au the one role he regrets turning down during his early Hollywood career. 

Hartnett, 43, was offered a role in the award-winning 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, which was eventually taken up by the late Australian actor Heath Ledger.

Reflection: Josh Hartnett has revealed the one role he regrets turning down that would have set him up for Hollywood super-stardom

Reflection: Josh Hartnett has revealed the one role he regrets turning down that would have set him up for Hollywood super-stardom 

‘Unfortunately, I was going to do Brokeback Mountain,’ Hartnett said. 

‘And I had a contract with the (2006 film) Black Dahlia that I had to film, so I had to drop out of it,’ he continued. 

Josh explained that he was originally meant to star in the romantic drama with Joaquin Phoenix.

'Unfortunately, I was going to do Brokeback Mountain': Hartnett, 43, was offered the role that was eventually taken up by the late Australian actor Heath Ledger (right) in the award-winning 2005 film Brokeback Mountain

‘Unfortunately, I was going to do Brokeback Mountain’: Hartnett, 43, was offered the role that was eventually taken up by the late Australian actor Heath Ledger (right) in the award-winning 2005 film Brokeback Mountain

This was soon changed to Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, who both went on to receive several awards and separate acting nods at the 2006 Academy Awards.

The movie received six more nominations at the Oscars and numerous accolades across the globe.

Harnett has been vocal about not having regrets about some of the huge roles he’s turned down in the past, including playing Superman in a three-picture deal and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

But he does admit there’s a bit of regret for Brokeback Mountain, joking that he ‘always wanted to kiss Joaquin’.  

Success: Josh was originally set to star in the movie with Joaquin Phoenix, but their roles soon went to Ledger and Gyllenhaal, who both went on to receive several awards and separate acting nods at the 2006 Academy Awards

Success: Josh was originally set to star in the movie with Joaquin Phoenix, but their roles soon went to Ledger and Gyllenhaal, who both went on to receive several awards and separate acting nods at the 2006 Academy Awards

Hartnett got his big start in the 2001 war films Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down.

He turned to independent films in recent years, starring in Ida Red and Target Number One, but he has also made appearances in bigger productions such as Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man.

One of Hartnett’s most renowned starring roles was in the hit horror drama series Penny Dreadful, which ran from 2014 to 2016.

Career: Hartnett got his big start in the 2001 war films Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. He turned to independent films in recent years, starring in Ida Red and Target Number One, but he has also made appearances in bigger productions such as Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man

Career: Hartnett got his big start in the 2001 war films Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. He turned to independent films in recent years, starring in Ida Red and Target Number One, but he has also made appearances in bigger productions such as Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man 

  

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