Right now its looking like “Oppenheimer” stars Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. will be the ones to beat for the actor and best supporting actor Oscars.

Turns out though that nearly two decades ago, Murphy beat out Downey Jr. for a key role in another Christopher Nolan film – 2005’s “Batman Begins”.

Appearing at an American Cinematheque panel this weekend that he too was under consideration for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in the film – a role that ultimately went to Murphy.

Downey Jr. confirmed he met with Nolan at the time and said that while Nolan “was polite,” it didn’t “seem like he’s leaning in on this interview.” The part ultimately went to Murphy, who himself lost out the Batman role to Christian Bale.

Three years later, Downey Jr. in “Iron Man” took on Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” at the box-office in 2008 with both ending up being huge box-office success stories – and the rest was history.

Check out the video of Downey Jr.’s reponse below.

RDJ dropping BOMBS at the @am_cinematheque conversation. He apparently met w/Nolan for SCARECROW for Batman Begins only to be beat out by Cillian Murphy. Woah! #Oppenheimer pic.twitter.com/zBE9tts47E

— Griffin Schiller (@griffschiller) February 4, 2024

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