Michael Keaton: Movies are excruciating to make

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 January 2016
'Birdman's Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

'Spotlight' actor Michael Keaton says films can be "excruciating" to make because of the hours spent hanging around on set

Michael Keaton says movies can be "excruciating" to make.

The 64-year-old star has enjoyed a varied and acclaimed acting career but readily admits he doesn't enjoy spending hours on set waiting for his scenes as it can be extremely boring.

Keaton confessed: "I get easily bored. Frankly, film acting can be quite dull. You sit around in a trailer being bored out of your f***ing mind. All day. It's excruciating."

The process of bring a story to life on the big screen even put him off making Hollywood movies for a time.

Keaton - who played Batman in Tim Burton's two Dark Knight adventures - explained: "I didn't really enjoy acting for a long time. I didn't hate it , I just didn't enjoy it. Nothing was fitting. I find a lot of other things interesting and I just wasn't focused."

Keaton received universal acclaim for his performance as Riggan Thomson in 2014's 'Birdman' - for which he won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Riggan - and can currently be seen in the multiple Oscar award nominated 'Spotlight', which tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who delve into the cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts.

Speaking about his recent successes in movies, he joked to the Metro newspaper: "Put me in a film, and I'll get you Oscars. I think people want me to answer, 'Oh my God, it's so great now and before it was so horrible.' But I'm still doing what I always did. You get offered things that are great or you're in things that make people money or things that get critical acclaim. It's that simple."

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