When I got the part, I tried to remember Batman as I knew him when I was a kid - with emotional recall.

Adam West

Adam West

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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I think it's an actor's job, if you can, to keep working and to keep using that muscle. First of all, you've got to pay the bills, but it also helps you develop.

I am a private person. I don't need a lot of company. And I find it really, really difficult to talk about myself.

When I was getting started, I was so busy just fighting my way through, and I was under contract at Warner Brothers. I did 40 hours of color television with the late Robert Taylor as a young cop.

I don't want to be Batman. Let Val Kilmer do it. I just want to be Uncle Batman. I have this whole 'warm relationship' plot in my mind. In the final scenes, the new Batmobile breaks down, the new Batman's stranded on the side of the road. We grab our old Batmobile, pick him up and drive away.

The new 'Dark Knight' movies, they're wonderful in their own way.

Anything with 'Family Guy' is great.

Playing Batman is an actor's challenge. First, it's different; then, you have to reach a multi-level audience. The kids take it straight, but for adults, we have to project it further.

I'm like Madonna: I keep reinventing myself.

I did a character called Captain Q for Nestle's Quik. Those commercials were kind of funny.

I've hung on for a long time in this business and had some success, and I think it's keeping an open mind and being curious and having a sense of humor about oneself that's important.

Typecasting is really rampant in Hollywood, and because I played a costumed character and did it successfully, it was a real stigma.

My paintings capture the humor, zaniness, and depth of the Batman villains as well as the Freudian motivations of Batman as an all-too-human, venerable, and funny vigilante superhero.

Some nights, I wear my cape, and I go out on the pier. It is foggy... I look for... Riddler.

I've been almost everywhere. But I've never been to the steppes of Latvia. It's something I've always wanted to do.