April 17, 2015 9:32 AM EDT

Actor Josh Hartnett is a Hollywood star, but he says he says some career regrets. The Black Hawk Down star told Playboy this week that he should have grabbed the Batman role in Christopher’s Nolan remake.

“Relationships were formed in the fire of that first Batman film and I should have been part of the relationship with this guy Nolan,” he said.

The Batman part was ultimately given to Christopher Bale, who played the role throughout the trilogy. Bale also starred in Nolan’s film The Prestige.

“I was so focused on not being pigeonholed and so scared of being considered only one thing as an actor,” Hartnett said. “Watching Christian Bale go on to do so many other things has been just awesome. I mean, he’s been able to overcome that. Why couldn’t I see that at the time?”

Write to Justin Worland at justin.worland@time.com.

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