Joel Schumacher reveals that while filming Batman Forever, Two-Face actor Tommy Lee Jones was not nice to Riddler actor Jim Carrey.
In an interview with Vulture, Schumacher goes on to call Tommy Lee Jones “an asshole” to work with, despite having worked with him on both Batman Forever and The Client. According to Schumacher, he found Tommy Lee Jones to be a scene stealer in many projects, only to be usurped by Jim Carrey given their dynamic in Batman Forever.
When asked about how Tommy Lee Jones treated Jim Carrey on the set of Batman Forever, Schumacher responded with the following:
“No, he wasn’t kind to Jim. He did not act towards Jim the way an Oscar winner with a star on Hollywood Boulevard, being the oldest member of the cast, and having such a distinguished career and the accolades to go with it, should have acted towards Jim. But what happens on the set stays on the set.”
Batman Forever was the third film in the series that was launched with Tim Burton’s Batman (1989). Val Kilmer succeeded Michael Keaton in the role, and Schumacher took the director’s chair for that film as well as its infamous follow-up, Batman and Robin. Batman Forever starred Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell, Michael Gough and Pat Hingle and went on to gross $336.5 million worldwide.
It would be interesting to see if Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey would both discuss their respective experiences while filming Batman Forever together. After all, the behind-the-scenes drama involving both that film and Schumacher’s Batman and Robin would be worth exploring given how the franchise ended up getting rebooted again in 2005 with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
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