Danny Dyer auditioned for Robin in Batman & Robin

Ben Skipper
Movies Blog2 March 2012

Danny Dyer has spoken out about the movie roles he missed out on over years, saying that he auditioned for the part of Robin in the George Clooney-starring 'Batman & Robin' back in 1997.

Speaking to Popbitch, the star of  'The Football Factory' also said that he auditioned for 'American History X', "I got quite close to that. I mean, I totally understand that Edward Furlong was amazing in it, and he is American so they went down that route with it."

At this point in his career, around 1997-98, Dyer was still primarily a TV actor, having had roles in 'The Bill' and 'Soldier Soldier' so a career in Hollywood blockbusters and smaller actor-driven flicks were never that likely.

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"It's strange really because for every one part you get, you lose out on 20 - rejection, you get used to that pretty early, but you still want to know why, you want to know details. Why? Why don't they want me?"

We have a couple of ideas...

"You're in competition with so many actors, you can't just be in competition with yourself - you've just got to accept it and move on. I was given many rejections to start with and I'm sure there have been many actors that I have beat to the jobs that feel the same way."

His claims about 'Batman & Robin' will seem a little dubious to some, mainly because Chris O'Donnell had already played the role in the previous film.

"I auditioned for 'Primal Fear' as well," Dyer added, "And ironically that was weird, because Edward Norton got that part!"

Norton ended up receiving an Oscar nomination for the role.

Could the cockney be telling porkies? Maybe, but it's just funny imagining him in a Robin outfit yelling "Shaaat it" at Schwarzenegger's Mr Freeze.

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