One of the fun aspects of "Inside the Actors Studio" (Tue., 7 p.m. EST on Bravo) is when host James Lipton gets to delve into the less spectacular highlights of an actor's career. So with George Clooney sitting opposite him, it was inevitable that his turn as the Dark Knight in 1997's franchise -low "Batman & Robin" would come up.
Of course, there were a lot of things fans didn't respond well to in the fim, including, as Clooney pointed out, "They put nipples on the batsuit. I didn't know they would do that." Now, though, Clooney was able to laugh at some of the ridiculousness of the film that drove fans crazy.
He echoed comments Michael Keaton has made about the flexibility of the batsuits used in those films. "If Batman had to wear the suit that you have to wear, everyone would die," he said. "You're laying on a board and you can't move and they just prop you up and you're like, 'I'm Batman.'"
It clearly wasn't an easy role, with many physical constraints. Luckily -- or awkwardly perhaps -- director Joel Schumacher was there to provide that much-needed actor's motivation. According to Clooney, Schumacher would shout to him, "Okay George, remember. Your parents are dead, you have nothing to live for. And action!"
"Inside the Actors Studio" airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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