If you’ve been following any and all news about “The Dark Knight Rises” over the past few years like we have, you’re well aware of the fact that the rumors surrounding the highly anticipated film far outnumber the actual facts we know about it — chief among them casting rumors.
One of the more intriguing tidbits that made the rounds back in 2008 was that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman were circling the villainous roles of the Riddler and the Penguin, respectively. MTV News was lucky enough to score an interview with “Batman” star Michael Caine right around that time and managed to get his positive thoughts on the subject. We all know now that the rumor, along with many, many others, was false, so when we caught up with Caine recently, we asked him about his experience dealing with the Depp/Hoffman mayhem.
“I did an interview in Toronto, I read it in the paper that morning. I got the paper in the hotel, and it said Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman were going to play this character and I forget which characters they were,” Caine recalled. “I said, ‘I think that’s fantastic. I think Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman are fabulous actors,’ and then I got these letters and phone calls from Warner Bros. saying, ‘What are you saying?’ and I became known as the one who kind of gave away all these secrets on Batman, [but] I read it in the paper.”
Caine said he felt flummoxed by the whole thing since he had read the story in the paper and simply reacted to it favorably because he admired Depp and Hoffman’s work.
“Everybody got pissed off at me. I said, ‘I just read it in the paper and I thought it was true!’ It was the Toronto Times or something,” he said. “And it was on the bloody Internet: Johnny Depp is going to play whatever I said it was, Philip Seymour Hoffman something else. And, of course, they never got cast in any of it. They said, ‘We’re not doing it because Michael Caine said it.’ I ruined their careers for it,” he joked.
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