Michael Keaton is on the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly to promote his new movie Birdman. In the movie, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a veteran actor who became famous for playing a superhero… until he got tired of it all and decided to walk away.
It’s hard to read the premise for this movie and not think about the Michael Keaton/Batman comparison, but Keaton doesn’t see many similarities. “The truth is that I was playing a person, just a person,” he told EW. “And I was both as connected to Riggan and as disconnected from him as you can possibly be. And I have to tell the truth about that.”
Keaton also shared his thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and Ben Affleck as Batman:
“Chris Nolan is great, but I’ve never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know they’re good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies. I mean, people are asking me, ‘Is Ben Affleck going to be any good?’ And my attitude is, First of all, why would you ask me? Second, he’s probably going to be very good, and third, frankly, it’s all set up now so that you’re weirdly kind of safe. Once you get in those suits, they really know what to do with you. It was hard then; it ain’t that hard now.”
If you missed it, here’s the trailer for Birdman. It opens on Friday, October 17th.