Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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Brad Pitt: ‘Ad Astra was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of’

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went mis…

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.

In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went missing during an expedition searching for signs of alien life.

Director James Gray had his leading man suspended from zero-gravity rigs for hours at a time during the lengthy shoot, and Pitt confessed that it was hard work.

“Cracking this was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of,” he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

“Actors require each other, or at least some kind of environmental stimuli, to do their best work,” Gray said. “And when you’re hanging upside down on trapezes for 12 hours, there’s very little of that.”

The Oscar-nominated actor also revealed that the slightest false note while recording his voiceover for scenes set in space would “tip over the whole cart”.

“The minute you think you know everything about film-making, you’re done,” he added.

Elsewhere in the joint interview with filmmaker Gray, the Moneyball star discussed his frustration at playing Heinrich Harrer in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1997 biopic, Seven Years in Tibet.

The movie was adapted from Harrer’s memoir, which described his seemingly inspirational life after escaping from a British prisoner-of-war camp in India in 1944.

However, it missed out one of the most important details of Harrer’s story, which was the fact he had also been a sergeant in Adolf Hitler’s SS.

“It was only halfway through the film that I found out that my guy had been a f**kin’ Nazi. I think ignoring that was a mistake in the film,” Pitt fired. “I mean, to have come from that – it’s even more incredible for him to have made this spiritual flip. So why hide it?”

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Brad Pitt drew from relationship with father for Ad Astra role

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveal…

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.

The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveals his own experiences growing up helped him prepare for the emotional production.

“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on how to behave, react, feel in the world,” he tells CNN. “And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs.”

Pitt’s relationship with his own dad not only impacted his take on the role in director James Gray’s film, but has shaped his approach to parenting his own six children, who he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

“My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?” he added.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was also eager to address the film’s various themes, including loneliness and grief.

“We’ve all experienced loss, we’ve all experienced great loneliness at times,” he shares. “And we’re good at packing that away and not dealing with it. Some of us are really good at it, at getting through it and coming out the other side as a more well rounded, I think more confident, more loving human being.”

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Tessa Thompson pitched gender-inclusive titles for Men in Black film

Men In Black: International star Tessa Thompson pitched several ideas for a name change for the franchise.The actress stars as Agent M in the film, in which she shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth. And in a chat with Asso…

Men In Black: International star Tessa Thompson pitched several ideas for a name change for the franchise.

The actress stars as Agent M in the film, in which she shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth. And in a chat with Associated Press at the New York premiere on Tuesday, she shared that she had flagged a couple of ideas to the production team which takes into account its diverse cast.

“I pitched ideas like People in Black but that would be PIB which sounds like a sandwich, ” she told AP. “I pitched Humans in Black which would be HIB… which sounds like something you don’t wanna get… I think we could maybe change the name at some point but the truth is I think it’s really significant and I hope we can get to the space where it’s not noteworthy when women topline these films and I think a film like this helps us get there.”

Despite her light-hearted suggestions, the 35-year-old explained earlier in the chat that returning to the film franchise with the same name was necessary to reassure the fans.

“My presence in it because I’m a woman shouldn’t diminish the fact that were making a movie very much in the same tone and style of the original films,” she said, of the franchise made famous by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. “But I think, you know, Emma Thompson has a brilliant quip in the movie, where I say, ‘Men in Black’ because I’m confused that is the title of the organisation and she goes ‘I know. I’ve had the conversation, it’s taking time.'”

While the film title may not reflect the changes currently taking place in society, Tessa believes there has always been representation. And if she gets the chance to make more movies it’s a situation she is confident will change.

“I think if Agent M sticks around the organisation long enough she will probably push some buttons to make it change and frankly that’s the only way that things change,” she smiled. “People on the inside that have a real stake. Really calling the institutions out.”

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Paul Smith outfitted entire cast of Men in Black: International movie

Paul Smith suited and booted the entire Men in Black: International cast for the franchise’s new film.The alien-fighting agency features for a fourth time in F. Gary Gray’s upcoming movie, which hits cinemas this summer, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa …

Paul Smith suited and booted the entire Men in Black: International cast for the franchise’s new film.

The alien-fighting agency features for a fourth time in F. Gary Gray’s upcoming movie, which hits cinemas this summer, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson leading the cast, taking over from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who last appeared 2012’s Men in Black 3.

Costume designer Penny Rose turned to her frequent collaborator Smith to outfit the cast, with the project marking a first for the designer.

“We’ve never provided clothes for an entire film,” Smith smiled to WWD. “(Penny’s) been coming to us for many years, mostly in the London shop. She’ll usually use six suits here, or two things there. But not 140!”

“He has a very original style that transcends all ages,” said Rose, adding that for the latest film she wanted “to raise the sartorial bar” for the stars and background players alike.

Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson also feature.

And although the suits needed are all black, the British designer, known for his love of colour, has added touches of his signature style in the form of monster-patterned silk linings and multi-stripe socks peeking out from Hemsworth’s pant legs.

As well as the cast’s costumes, Smith is also rolling out a retail collection inspired by the film, which hits stores on 22 May.

The line, priced between $55 (£43) to $1,560 (£1,229), includes suits, dress shirts, sunglasses, pug-shaped button studs, monster-printed hoodies, leather accessories, socks and ties.

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Emma Thompson joins Men in Black spin-off movie

Emma Thompson is set to return to the Men in Black franchise.The British actress will reprise her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3 in the upcoming spin-off film, according to Variety. To be directed by The Fate of the Furious helmer F. Gary Gray, th…

Emma Thompson is set to return to the Men in Black franchise.

The British actress will reprise her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3 in the upcoming spin-off film, according to Variety.

To be directed by The Fate of the Furious helmer F. Gary Gray, the untitled movie is the fourth instalment of the alien-fighting franchise.

Original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteamed for the third movie back in 2012, tens years after the second film.

Plot details about the new feature are being kept under wraps, though the story is believed to follow a London-based team of Men in Black secret agents who become involved in a murder mystery that sends them travelling the globe.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are set to have central roles in the flick, while it was previously reported that Liam Neeson will play the head of the Men in Black organisation in London.

Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and French dancers Les Twins, Laurent Nicolas and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, have also been cast in unknown parts. Production is due to begin in the U.K. this month (Jul18).

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the original movies as well as the animated TV series, are back as producers and Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.

The script is being penned by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, with the movie slated to hit cinemas from June 2019.

Double Oscar-winning actress Emma was most recently seen onscreen in Beauty and the Beast and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). She will soon begin promoting Rowan Atkinson spy flick Johnny English Strikes Again, in which she plays the Prime Minister, and drama The Children Act.

Emma is also wrapping work on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, where she voices the character of Polynesia, as well as comedy Late Night, Mindy Kaling’s feature about a late-night talk show host who suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show.

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Liam Neeson linked to Men in Black spin-off

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. According to The Hollyw…

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 65-year-old Neeson is close to signing on to play the head of Men in Black, the organisation which monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth, in London.

The franchise has so far spawned three films, with original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteaming for the third instalment in 2012, 10 years after the last film.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the original movies as well as the animated TV series, are back as producers and Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.

The script is being penned by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, with the movie slated to hit cinemas from May 2019.

Since starring in Taken in 2008, Neeson has become the go-to actor for action flicks.

Earlier this year, while promoting The Commuter, the Northern Irish star dismissed rumours he was hanging up his action boots.

“I’m planning to do a couple more in this genre, one more with Jaume (Collet-Serra, director) next year, all being well,” he said. “I’d like to think that I know when an audience is going to look at me and go, ‘Oh come on! You can’t outrun a train! You can’t outrun a horse! Don’t be stupid.’ So, then I’ll get out of that genre, I think.

“But, at the moment, I’m fit and I keep healthy. We’ll see how it goes.”

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Tessa Thompson joining Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black spin-off

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Rep…

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Plot details about the flick are currently being kept under wraps, though it will be directed by Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray from a script by Punisher: War Zone screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Macum.

No other casting details have been announced, but studio executives are looking to release the film in mid-2019.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce, while Steven Spielberg is expected to act as an executive producer.

The original Men in Black was released in 1997 and followed the exploits of Agent J and Agent K, as played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who were members of a top-secret organisation established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth.

Two further films were unveiled in 2002 and 2012, and it is not yet known if either Smith or Jones will reprise their roles in the new film.

However, it has been reported that the reboot will be in the same vein as the recent Jurassic Park revival, Jurassic World. The first instalment of the action-adventure films was launched in 2015 and introduced new characters, as portrayed by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Thompson most recently made her mark in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, in which she played Valkyrie, and as Josie Radek in Annihilation, appearing opposite Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

She is currently shooting boxing movie Creed II and will next be seen on-screen in the next season of TV show Westworld, in which she plays Charlotte Hale.

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