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In denial

This time 10 years ago, Josh Hartnett was everyone's hearthrob. His resume was like a master class in transferring boyish charm to box office gold.

After Stuck Between Stations (2011), Josh Hartnett took 18 months off to return home and reconnect with old friends
After Stuck Between Stations (2011), Josh Hartnett took 18 months off to return home and reconnect with old friends 

That ability has come to a halt in recent years, as Hartnett's last certified smash was Sin City in 2005. But perhaps that cash flow would have continued had he taken any of the superhero roles offered.

In a recent interview, Hartnett discussed his decisions to turn down offers to play Superman, Spider-Man and Batman. "Spider-Man was something we talked about.

Batman was another one," he said, before adding, "But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that. I didn't want to be labelled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was 22, but I saw the danger."

Hartnett says he vanished from mainstream film roles after the success of Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down because he didn't feel comfortable being ubiquitous.

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