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Friday 17 November 2017

Keaton: Movies are tricky business

Michael Keaton won the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Michael Keaton won the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Michael Keaton has said he was lucky to learn early on that you can't always stay on top in the movie business.

The 63-year-old actor - most famous for playing Batman in the 80s - is currently enjoying awards success for his portrayal of a Hollywood star fallen on hard times in Birdman.

Michael was at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the weekend where he was presented with the Modern Master Award, the latest in a string of accolades.

But reflecting on his career he revealed: "Where I come from, how I was raised, early on I was fortunate enough to get kicked around like everybody else.

"You get a little hot for a while and then it drops off and you learn your lesson real early, that this is tricky business. There's gonna be a ton of ups and a ton of downs and the sooner you learn that the better."

In Alejandro Inarritu's film Birdman, Michael plays an actor who was once famous for playing superhero Birdman, but who is now struggling to prove himself on Broadway, while constantly being reminded of who he once was.

Michael admitted he relates to the role, but has never felt bitter about being Batman.

He said: "I was glad, Are you kidding? Who gets to play Batman?! It's awesome.

"It goes down in film-lore, it goes down in film history. Tim Burton invented how those modern day superheroes are done. He started the whole thing and I was part of that - I was part of his pioneering adventure."

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