Hollywood Reporter says, “Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who is on board to write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). ”
Josh will play a “man of action and daring” who doesn’t shy away from violence—oh snap!—but has demons and is more complicated then he’d like to admit. My dream man. The show is set in London and it sounds pretty good. However, this all got me thinking, WTF happened to Josh Hartnett during all this time? Whatchu been up to, boo? Besides maybe having a sex tape?
Remember when Josh Hartnett was Tiger Beating through our hearts in the early ’00s. I’m trying to remember what movies Josh was in but I just keep thinking of Heath Ledger movies. I compare the two because they’re both serious actors who got their breaks in teen-ish movies. Heath Ledger kind of had the career Josh Hartnett probably wanted, but thus is life.
Josh was in The Faculty, an excellent movie that co-starred Usher and Elijah Wood about teachers being taken over by aliens. Josh sold drugs and was a genius. <3 Then he was in The Virgin Suicides, which was the best. He co-starred in the modern day Othello, O which was sort of awful and sort of good. He also starred in 40 Days and 40 Nights where he made that lady orgasm with a flower petal which was hilarious.
Josh did some blockbusters like Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. Then things seemed to spiral after Lucky Number Slevin, which he should have known was a bad idea because that title isn’t nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
I think his career faltered because he didn’t exactly fit into any Hollywood niche. He grew out of his teen heart throb phase pretty quick but wasn’t exactly an action hero or romantic “leading man” stereotype. He’s like Kevin from the Backstreet Boys, all deep and contemplative. He should probably do intense indie movies where he plays someone who is poetically dead on the inside (my favorite kind of movie!), that’s what Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Manic, Mysterious Skin, Brick, etc.) did with great tact and prowess, now he is a big star again.
Maybe it was the mustache, maybe Josh is a bit bored of acting, maybe he doesn’t like roles that will send him into mega stardom (he repeatedly turned down the chance to play Clark Kent in Superman)? Who knows, but I am excited to see him and Eva Green in this weird sounding show.
Some of Josh Hartnett’s Career Highlights