Josh Hartnett: Stepping away from Hollywood was best for my mental health

Josh Hartnett Stepping away from Hollywood was best for my mental health
Josh Hartnett Stepping away from Hollywood was best for my mental health

Los Angeles, Dec 9 | Josh Hartnett: Stepping away from Hollywood was best for my mental health. ‘Pearl Harbor’ actor Josh Hartnett, who turned down an offer to play Superman in a reported $100 million three-movie deal, has opened up in a rare interview about his decision to step back from the spotlight and avoid blockbusters at the height of his career to focus on his home life, and why it’s “the best thing” he’s done.

He told Channel Seven’s ‘Sunrise’: “It was the best thing for my mental health and my career to keep Hollywood at bay. Luckily, I think I hit onto it early on in my life – it’s about creating a good home life and being able to do things that are wild and wonderful like making films, which is such a privilege.”

Hartnett has no regrets about the movie roles he’s had to turn down, including an offer to star alongside Joaquin Phoenix in 2006’s gay rom-com ‘Brokeback Mountain’, in parts that went to Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, reports

He said: “Unfortunately, I was going to do ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ And I had a contract with the 2006 film ‘Black Dahlia’ that I had to film, so I had to drop out of it.”

He quipped: “I just always wanted to kiss Joaquin Phoenix.”

The ‘Wrath of Man’ star — who has three children with partner Tamsin Egerton — recently admitted he never intended to be the top dog in Hollywood.

He said: “The guys who are on top are terrified that someone’s coming up behind them.

If that’s your real ambition, to be on top all the time, you’re going to spend your whole life looking over your shoulder.

“I never wanted that. I want to do good work with people I like and spend my free time with people I care about. At the time, it was so obvious to me to turn (‘Superman’) down. I was being offered movies by the very top directors. And Superman was a risk. Yes, there was a lot of money involved but I didn’t think that was the be-all and end-all.”

While people thought the 43-year-old star was “crazy” for leaving Hollywood for a quieter life, he’s thankful he put his life first.

He said: “People thought I was crazy for not chasing that brass ring a little harder but I felt completely comfortable being with the people I knew liked me before I was making films. I decided to have a life. To put that first. That was always my goal.

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“I feel very strongly about friends I’ve known for a long time and my family. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t losing those relationships. Those people make me who I am. I put those concerns ahead of chasing a Hollywood dream. The thing I am most proud of is that I’m a father-of-three.”

Hartnett feels his decision paid off as he’s only attracting more “interesting” work offers as he’s gotten older.

He said: “I’m still able to do good work and, as I’ve got older, the characters have become more interesting.”

Source: IANS

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Share Market Closing Bell: Nifty ends above 15,800, Sensex gains 180 pts

Share Market Closing Bell: Nifty ends above 15,800, Sensex gains 180 pts

The benchmark Indices Nifty started on the positive side after continuous sell off in last week and has managed to settle at 15842.30 with 60 point gain or 0.38 percent. However Nifty has failed to regain 16000 levels prior to LIC listing.

While Bank nifty has managed to settle at 33597.60 levels after gaining 1.44 percent. On the sectoral front, Nifty PSU Bank, Nifty Realty and Auto have contributed 2-3 percent gain on closing basis. On the flip side Nifty IT and FMCG ended with losses of 0.75 percent and 0.35 respectively. In Nifty, EICHERMOT, APOLLOHOSP and UPL were the top gainers while ULTRACEMCO, SHREECEM and ASIANPAINT were the prime laggards.

Technically, after forming the bearish candle on the weekly chart, the index has formed a Doji candlestick on the daily chart which shows indecisiveness among the trades. Moreover, the index has also faced a resistance from falling trend lines and showed profit booking from higher levels. However, Fibonacci retrenchment also has support around 15650 levels.

Traders may find buying opportunities for short term as if 15650 levels is protected. In the hourly chart, with support of the middle Bollinger band short term upside movement is expected. Stock specific action would drive the market in coming days too.

On the derivatives front, the highest call OI is at 16000 strike price followed by 16200 strike prices while on the put side, highest OI is at 15500 strike price. INDIA VIX closed at 24.53 with gain of 4.43 percent intraday indicating volatility is going to remain till weekly expiry . On the other hand, Bank nifty has support at 32600 levels while resistance is placed at 34500 levels.

Sumeet Bagadia
Executive Director
Choice Broking

Source: Choice India



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