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Jack Nicholson Thought He Should Have Been the Dark Knight's Joker
Just like Michael Keaton's performance was a huge departure from the delightfully campy and fun 1966 "Batman," Nicholson's performance was also much darker, in order to stand out as different from Cesar Romero's over the top clown from the classic series.
When MTV interviewed him before the release of "The Dark Knight," Nicholson somewhat playfully fired off at the mention of not being asked to portray the Joker. "No. It's like, in any area, you can't believe the reasons things do or don't happen. Not asking me how to do the sequel is that kind of thing. Maybe it's not a mistake. Maybe it was the right thing, but to be candid, I'm furious."
Now, all jokes aside, the very idea of Nicholson stepping off his giant yacht, walking up to Christopher Nolan, and demanding to be cast in "The Dark Knight" is hilarious. Even funnier is the idea of 71-year-old Nicholson playing Joker (either young or old) opposite Christian Bale, and terrorizing Gotham in-between going to Lakers games.