10 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS: LA Star Chris O’Donnell
Chris O’Donnell is one of those actors who is really good at flying under the radar despite his roles in big movies and series. From Scent of a Woman to two Batman films and of course Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS: Los Angeles, O’Donnell has an impressive resume, but he still seems like just a regular guy who found himself in the entertainment industry unexpectedly. With his charming nature, piercing blue eyes and talent, he has definitely gained quite a large fanbase over the years, so get to know the NCIS: LA star better with these 10 things you never knew about Chris O’Donnell:
10. The Batman Movies
While many fans enjoyed 1995’s Batman Forever, it was 1997’s comical Batman & Robin that ended the Batman franchise for over a decade, and since then the film’s stars have opened up about their embarrassment over the highly criticized film. While George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger have said their piece, O’Donnell also commented, stating, “When I made Batman Forever, I felt like I was making a movie. When I made Batman & Robin, I felt like I was making a toy commercial.” However, he also added, “Some day my kids are going to watch these and say to themselves ‘That’s daddy!'”
9. Chris and Leo
Hollywood is a cutthroat place and with only a limited number of big roles for many hopeful stars, quite often the same two celebrities get pitted against each other for roles, and with their poster-boy good looks and charming smiles, Chris O’Donnell often found himself up against none other than Leonardo DiCaprio for the same parts. When it came down to casting for the role of Robin/Dick Grayson for 1995’s Batman Forever, a lot of prominent actors including Christian Bale, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor and O’Donnell and DiCaprio were up for the role, but they finally narrowed it down to just between DiCaprio and O’Donnell. To make the decision, producers asked a group of 11-year-old boys (which was their target audience for the film) who they think would win in a fight and they selected O’Donnell, so he got the role. Not long after O’Donnell and DiCaprio went head-to-head again for another big part when O’Donnell was reportedly 20th Century Fox’s lead choice for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic, but after auditions, DiCaprio won out.