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Why Josh Hartnett Quit Hollywood and Moved Back to Minnesota
ABC News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Michael Rothman

Posted on 05/01/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Josh Hartnett is 35 now and mostly acts in indie films, but he was a hot commodity back in the early 2000s, and almost every big picture wanted him in the lead.

"Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that," he told Details magazine of passing on the iconic characters.

He also passed on 2006's "Superman Returns."

"I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger."

Hartnett admits that he and his agents even parted ways after passing on such projects.

"I didn't have those agents for much longer after that,” he said. “There was a lot of infighting between my manager and agents, trying to figure out who to put the blame on. It got to the point where none of us were able to work together.”

Indeed, Hartnett got so sick of fame in his 20s that he moved back to his home in Minnesota.

"I was on the cover of every magazine. I couldn't really go anywhere. I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. I was alone," he said. "I didn't trust anyone. So I went back to Minnesota and got back together with my old friends — ended up getting back together with my high-school girlfriend for a while — and I didn't do any filming for 18 months. I'm still finding my way through all that."

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: minnesota

1 posted on 05/01/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I was just thinking bout him the other day....one actor I really like. Kind of reminded me of Tommy Lee Jones but much younger. Lucky number Slevin. :-)

Happy to see Hollywood didn’t get to his head; I wish him well.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 7:08:06 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae

I thought he was great in Black Hawk Down.


3 posted on 05/01/2014 7:09:39 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: nickcarraway
He also passed on 2006's "Superman Returns." "I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger."

You're a puppet, Einstein. That's your vocation.

Take the damn money and run.

4 posted on 05/01/2014 7:15:48 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher
No kidding. What's that Eminem song? "Lose yourself, you only get one shot...?"

What the Hell is going to do in MN now? Shovel snow?

5 posted on 05/01/2014 7:19:10 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Probably has enough money to not worry about it.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 7:24:19 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, unfortunately, this guy is still a moron:


Hartnett has been involved in various causes. In 2007, he took time out from filming to support the green lifestyle campaign of Global Cool.

In 2012, Hartnett also joined Barack Obama in his campaign in Minnesota, appearing at such events as the Minnesota Greater Together Youth Summit before formally endorsing the President on the official campaign YouTube channel.



7 posted on 05/01/2014 7:26:51 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: nickcarraway

He would have made a good young Darth Vader.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 7:36:23 PM PDT by Theophilus (.)
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To: nickcarraway
Josh Hartnett is 35 now and mostly acts in indie films, but he was a hot commodity back in the early 2000s, and almost every big picture wanted him in the lead. "Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that," he told Details magazine of passing on the iconic characters. He also passed on 2006's "Superman Returns." "I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger."

He is a moron. If he had gotten those roles and made a pile of money, he could have made any number of indie films he wanted, and crowds would go to see it just because he was in it. As it is, he's deep-sixed his career over the snobbish attitudes of a bunch of poseurs.

9 posted on 05/01/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

He’s a moron because he passed up the big bucks??

Wow!

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10 posted on 05/01/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT by Mears
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To: nickcarraway

Loved him in Hollywood Homicide, one of the funnier Harrison Ford movies.


11 posted on 05/01/2014 7:40:35 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Really, I watched 15 minutes of that and stopped. No one I was with wanted to watch it further.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 7:47:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He is one of those ‘so famous’ actors that I have never head of him.


13 posted on 05/01/2014 7:54:42 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

Check out “The Faculty”!


14 posted on 05/01/2014 7:59:49 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: nickcarraway

Why? Because you’ve never been in a film that’s made money except “Pearl Harbor.”


15 posted on 05/01/2014 8:05:10 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: nickcarraway; Finny

I am with Finny, love Hollywood Homicide.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 8:05:57 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: nickcarraway

yeah, he’s so famous I don’t know him.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 8:10:05 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Rastus

I guess he got his wish.

Minnesota was as globally cool as it’s been in 35 years.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 8:10:37 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: nickcarraway

LA proved too much for the man.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 8:26:34 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Theophilus

He turned into a vampire to beat a pack of vampires in ‘Thirty Days Of Night.’ When the sun came up he got all burned up, so that had to hurt.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 8:43:57 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: nickcarraway; ican'tbelieveit
Really, I watched 15 minutes of that and stopped. No one I was with wanted to watch it further.

LOLOL!! {^)

Sue me. I'm one of those wierdos who loves L.A., in many ways one of the coolest cities on the planet. Hollywood Homicide's humor is totally L.A. "The kid," as I think of Hartnett, was perfectly cast, even more reading this about him. He basically played himself! Handsome, naïve, debonair, sexy, and "deep"!! {^)

"Stella! STELLA!"

It was a hoot!

21 posted on 05/01/2014 10:04:24 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: nickcarraway

I thought it was because he can’t act ....


22 posted on 05/02/2014 4:13:39 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Flycatcher

Superman Returns pretty much flopped and the lead, Brandon Roush has not had a career since then. And if they were trying to get him to be in “batman and Robin” passing that up was a great idea. Again, another flop that killed careers.


23 posted on 05/02/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by chae (The Lannisters send their regards--Game of Thrones)
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To: tumblindice

“Thirty Days of Night”.....to this day, that is the single most frightening vampire movie I have EVER seen.


24 posted on 05/02/2014 8:24:06 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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