Interview: JOSH HARTNETT - HOMICIDAL; WHY GEEKY JOSH HARTNETT WANTED TO KILL BICKERING CO-STAR HARRISON FORD WHILE MAKING A NEW COP MOVIE

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Interview: JOSH HARTNETT - HOMICIDAL; WHY GEEKY JOSH HARTNETT WANTED TO KILL BICKERING CO-STAR HARRISON FORD WHILE MAKING A NEW COP MOVIE


Byline: ANNA DAY

With his pudding-bowl haircut and puffy cheeks, Josh Hartnett looks like the kid who was always getting bullied at school rather than a Hollywood star. He has the requisite piercing blue eyes and firm torso, but there's no denying that Josh seems a bit of a geek.

Yet, despite his appearance, he's become the darling of Tinseltown with a legion of directors imploring him to star in their movies. Last month, after fierce speculation, Josh finally turned down the lead role in the remake of Superman, even though the studio had begged him at least 10 times to take the part.

"I didn't want to sign up to anything that long term," says Josh, 25, whose new film Hollywood Homicide is out this week. "I had to sign to do all three films, which would have meant I'd still be making Superman films in 2013. That's mad. I can't think like that."

His latest part, alongside film legend Harrison Ford, wasn't a smooth ride either, with the youngster clashing with the veteran star.

"Over the course of the film we had our ups and downs," Josh admits. "Harrison has this dry sense of humour and he's very sarcastic. He's an intimidating guy. He tested me to the limit, so I hated him for a while.

"He gave me a lot of s**t about the choices that I made - 'That's not a cop haircut' - things like that. Other than Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own, I think I'm really only the second young guy he's worked with in his career.

"So when I kind of came into his territory, he started to throw out his elbows. But he might be the nicest guy in the entire world to everybody else."

In the film, which takes a satirical potshot at the LA police department, Hartnett and Ford play fellow cops KC Calden and Joe Gavilan.

Harrison explains, "These two characters are not buddies. They are guys who work together but who don't understand each other at all.

"I thought that was pretty much reflected in our relationship and I didn't try to disturb it."

Of course, now that the movie is over, the pair claim to have fixed their fractured relationship, and are, in Hollywood terms, best mates.

Josh says, "He doesn't suffer fools, so he wants to make sure that you're not one. …

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