Jack Nicholson's Joker Had Michael Keaton 'Nervous' & 'Self-Conscious' on Batman Set

Jack Nicholson's Joker Had Michael Keaton 'Nervous' & 'Self-Conscious' on Batman Set
Jack Nicholson played Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie opposite Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne. At the time, Nicholson was already an established star, while Keaton was still trying to find his way. As a result, working with Nicholson caused Keaton to suffer from an attack of the nerves, as the actor revealed during an interview with Seth Meyers.

"The only thing that happened when I did the first Batman was, I was very nervous and self-conscious about being with Jack, because he's so strong on film, you know, and it ended up just being great. We became pals and everything."

Before Burton's take on the character, the live-action persona of Batman was most famous for the campy Batman tv show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The announcement of Jack Nicholson in the role of Joker for the movie went a long way towards establishing that Burton's
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