Josh Hartnett Talks Tinseltown Disappearance in Details Magazine
Given his early success in movies like “Black Hawk Down,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “40 Days and 40 Nights,” it was odd to see Josh Hartnett drop off the radar almost 10 years ago.
The “Faculty” star told Details magazine’s May 2014 issue that his fame became a bit too much, especially given the movie industry’s less-than-stellar reputation.
Josh shared, "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. I didn't trust anyone. I'm still finding my way through all that."
"Within two weeks. I didn't have to struggle as an actor, although I think I've made up for it now. I still get offered film and TV roles, luckily, but years ago, if I saw a role I wanted, there was a good chance I could grab it. When I see a role now, I've got to fight for it. It's not bad. It's actually more rewarding. Depressing when something doesn't go your way, but only for a minute."
As for specific films he turned down, Hartnett noted, "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. I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger."
Furthermore, Josh explained, he wishes he could have told his younger self a few things back in the day. "I would say, just keep doing it all and watch how interesting it becomes the more you get involved. But honestly, I don't know what I could tell that kid that he'd actually listen to me."
And for the record, he was never as girl-crazy as everyone made him out to be. "If you're a ladies' man, that's what you do with your life—always chasing. That's never been the case with me. I've always just wanted a relationship. Otherwise there's nothing. The scene can eat you up. It's eaten up enough of my life already."