FLASHBACK: Michael Keaton Talks About His 'Distinct' & 'Definitive' Work 28 Years Ago

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky, Video by Ashley Crossan 9:59 PM PST, January 11, 2015
Playing FLASHBACK: Michael Keaton Talks About His 'Distinct' & 'Definitive' Work 28 Years Ago

Michael Keaton always wanted the characters he played to be different.

Keaton, 63, won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for his role in Birdman on Sunday, and twenty-eight years ago he told ET how he selects his roles.

"My work is distinct and definitive and specific and hopefully it is so that every single character is different, and they are but -- there's probably an underlying element that's me," Keaton told ET in 1987.

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In Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-up actor by the name of Riggan Thompson who once played the superhero Birdman in movies, but he must overcome his family troubles in an attempt to reinvent his career on Broadway.

The role, while bold and new for the actor, could easily be seen as an homage to his own portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Batman Returns. There is certainly an element that is very Keaton.

Check out the video above to see Keaton talk about his work back then, and see him give a touching speech for it now.