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American Assassin’s Michael Keaton: Bat From the Dead

Tony Black examines the career highlights of Michael Keaton...

BIRDMAN (OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (2014)

Things did start to pick up for the ex-Bat in the 2010’s with a few savvier career choices. Getting involved on the voice side with Pixar wasn’t a bad start, with 2006’s Cars and then as Ken in Toy Story 3. He appeared alongside Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg in 2010’s genuinely funny comedy The Other Guys, before essaying a few bad guy roles in 2014’s Need for Speed adaptation of the EA video game opposite Aaron Paul, and the Jose Padhilla remake of Robocop (which wasn’t half as bad as everyone made it out to be). At the end of that year came the film that propelled him back to true recognition.

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was a typical Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film – considered pretentious nonsense but some and near genius by others, Keaton nonetheless delivers a searingly good performance as a failed actor, satirising his own clouded history as being mainly known as Batman. Though he won the Golden Globe, the Best Actor Oscar eluded him, despite a nomination. Keaton was now feted amongst Hollywood, and more doors began opening again.

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