Pierce Brosnan reveals ‘stupid’ comment that cost him ‘Batman’ role

“Batman” could’ve looked very different if it hadn’t been for Pierce Brosnan’s throwaway comment.

During an appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday, the actor, 69, revealed he auditioned for Tim Burton’s 1989 hit film “Batman.”

“I went up for Batman way back in the day when Tim Burton was doing it. Obviously, I didn’t get the job,” the Irish actor told host Jimmy Fallon.

“I remember saying something stupid to Tim Burton, I said, ‘You know I can’t understand any man who would wear his underpants outside his trousers.’ But there you go… the best man got the job.”

The part ultimately went to Michael Keaton, who later reprised the role in “Batman Returns” in 1992.

But things didn’t work out too bad for Brosnan, as he landed the career-changing role of James Bond soon after.

The actor helmed the iconic 007 role in a total of four Bond films, spanning from 1995 until his departure from the franchise in 2002.

Brosnan was recently asked who should be sipping on the “shaken, not stirred” martini after Daniel Craig’s departure, to which he offered up his straight-to-the-point opinion.

The Batman role ended up going to Michael Keaton, who reprised the role in
The Batman role ended up going to Michael Keaton, who reprised the role in “Batman Returns” in 1992.
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“Who should do it?” he said to GQ magazine in a cover interview. “I don’t care.”

“It’ll be interesting to see who they get, who the man shall be,” he continued. “Whoever he be, I wish him well.”

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Nika Shakhnazarova

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