Josh Hartnett in an interview with Huff Post Live revealed that he learned a valuable Hollywood lesson from the aftermath of a meeting he had with renowned director Christopher Nolan (Huff Post Live - May 7). The lesson: Hollywood is about relationships and sometimes a person might have to or should develop a relationship by taking on a project they might not be the most excited about to get the one they really want.
According to reports the director met with the talented actor when he was casting actors for the 2005 instalment of the Batman film and during their meeting Josh Hartnett made him aware that he was not really interested in starring in "Batman" but was keenly interested in the next film of the director, "The Prestige".
Christopher Nolan eventually chose Christian Bale to be the star of "Batman" and later hired him as the star of "The Prestige". For Josh Hartnett the course of events taught him how important it is to develop relationships in Hollywood. In passing on the "Batman" film he missed out on the opportunity to foster a relationship with someone he considers to be a great filmmaker.
It is a lesson that has apparently not been lost on the talented actor as he has again become one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood in large part due to his spectacular performance as the American gunslinger Ethan Chandler in the television drama horror series "Penny Dreadful".
Some entertainment fans suspect that part of his revealing the story to the media is a way of letting some of the best, most renowned filmmakers know that he is aware of the mistakes he made during that stage of his film career and that he has no intention of repeating the same mistakes.
Josh Hartnett, an actor who sounds like he now understands the importance of developing relationships within Hollywood.