You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on Earth who hasn’t at least once made a bad decision in their career. And when you look back you question what you were thinking, but, as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

In the case of John Lithgow, however, not only did he call an acting job wrong, he called an entire project wrong.

Lithgow is out on the promotional circuit for his film Bombshell, and visited with Conan O’Brien. During the interview, O’Brien brought up the information that he had passed on playing the Joker in Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman film. Not only did he turn it down, but he actively persuaded Burton to not even consider him. “You know why?” asked Lithgow. “Because I thought, “Who’s going to want to go see a movie about Batman?'”

At least he can laugh about his poor choice now.

Bombshell is now in theaters.

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