Who did Tim Burton originally want for Batman? Ray Liotta says him

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Dec 15, 2012

These days we know Ray Liotta best for his tough-guy roles in flicks like Goodfellas and Hannibal, but there was a pivotal moment when he turned down the chance to take a very different path. In a new interview, Liotta reveals that Tim Burton once asked to meet with him to discuss playing Batman.

In an interview at the Savannah Film Festival (where he appeared both to promote his new film Son of No One and to receive a tribute award), Liotta says that Burton offered him a shot at the role in the late '80s, but he turned it down, feeling that the gig didn't seem much like real work.

"I remember right after a movie I did, Something Wild, Tim Burton wanted to meet me for Batman. And at that time, I said, 'What are you kidding me? I'm an actor.' But now it's changed; now it's good because if you do that you get other movies."

It might seem like a dope move now, but this was happening at a time when superhero films were still almost in an infant stage, and clearly Liotta wanted more out of his career than being a guy in a costume and a cape.

Things worked out, though. Burton went with Michael Keaton and made two successful Batman flicks before passing the franchise off to Joel Schumacher (that's another story ...). As for Liotta, he took the lead role in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and built a career on crime cinema.

Though it's important to keep in mind that this was a much younger Ray Liotta that Burton was thinking of casting, can you really imagine that man beneath the Batcowl?

(via The Playlist)

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