Anthony Hopkins Turned Down Which Crucial Batman Movie Role?
We were riveted by all three films of The Dark Knight — thanks in large part to the stellar cast. Still, it's interesting to imagine the trilogy with the actors who came this close to portraying the Gothamites.
As the franchise-starter Batman Begins aired last night (December 19) on Syfy, Wetpaint quizzed ViggleLIVE! users about a casting factoid. Turns out Sir Anthony Hopkins turned down a vital part in Batman Begins — but which?
Exactly two-thirds of you selected the right answer — Anthony was approached to play Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal butler and father figure, a part that eventually went to (the amazing) Michael Caine.
18 percent of you Viggleusers guessed that he opted out of playing The Scarecrow (played by Cillian Murphy) and 15 percent of you thought he declined the role of Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) — probably because you're used to Anthony portray villainous characters.
According to IMDb, Sir Hopkins wasn't the only one to circle the Caped Crusader franchise. Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) were also approached for Ra's Al Ghul. The filmmakers considered Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) for Morgan Freeman's role, Lucius Fox. And Ewan McGregor and Marilyn Manson were both considered for Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.
And, as you might expect, a whole slew of actors auditioned to play the Dark Knight himself — including Jake Gyllenhaal, Henry Cavill, Joshua Jackson, Hugh Dancy, Billy Crudup, and even Cillian.
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