Sometimes, the coolest stuff happens as soon as the cameras are off. Of course, it’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen, but let’s face it — we’re not that good at our job. That must be why I didn’t hear about Adam West’s biggest regret until after our interview wrapped.
He came in today to talk about the Blu-ray release of 1966’s “Batman: The Movie,” and along the way he dished about his iconic take on the character (“Now you’ve got the Dark Knight; I was the Bright Knight” he explains), his stories from the set (“Burgess Meredith taught me a LOT about wine,” he said) and even who the mayor of Quahog might be backing in the Presidential election (“I’m too busy with graft and corruption… my own”). He was, as you might imagine, amazing (much more from that interview is coming in the weeks ahead), so I wrapped thinking we had it all in the can. Then, as we were breaking down the set after the interview, I tossed out a reference that seemed too obscure to touch on in our interview.
“I have to say, I really enjoyed ’Lookwell’,” I blurted out, recalling fondly the hysterical but doomed series about a forgotten TV detective that never made it past the pilot stage back in 1991.
“Wasn’t that great?” he said. “Written by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel… You know, my biggest regret is that that show didn’t get picked up.”
Wait, this is a man who turned down a chance to be James Bond… an iconic Batman who has now been overlooked for even a cameo in six Batman films… and yet the demise of “Lookwell” is his biggest regret?
“It was a lot of fun,” he shrugged.
I guess you had to be there, and since the cameras weren’t rolling, you weren’t. Sorry.