Warren Beatty explains Oscars fail & rejecting Superman

Justin Harp
Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

Seven weeks on from the Oscars Fail seen around the world, Warren Beatty can admit that the entire scene was total "chaos".

Beatty and his Bonnie and Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway had the unfortunate pleasure of announcing the wrong Best Picture winner when a backstage mix-up led to the wrong category envelope being handed off.

That created an infamously awkward scene as the producers of La La Land had to tell the world on live TV that they hadn't actually won Best Picture – that honour went to Moonlight instead.

On Friday night's edition of The Graham Norton Show, Warren Beatty looked back on the huge controversy caused by the blunder and the reaction of the people directly involved.

"I guess you could say it was chaos," he admitted.

Warren was typically sly when Graham Norton asked if the blunder became the talk of the A-list after-parties once the Oscars went off the air.

"No, that's not true. People talk about themselves," he teased.

Graham couldn't let the opportunity slip away to ask Warren about some of the urban myths that surround his life and career, including his decision to turn down playing Superman.

"I was offered it but I didn't think it was a good idea to put a comic strip into a movie," he explained. "They were insistent I think about it so I got my assistant to go out and buy me some long underwear.

"I put them on, looked at myself in a full-length mirror and picked up the phone to say, 'Just forget it!'"

Also in the urban myths department, Warren still isn't sure if Carly Simon wrote 'You're So Vain' about him and was typically flippant when asked if he'd really slept with 13,000 women in his lifetime.

"That was a busy month," he teased, adding, "You'd have to live a long time to do that!"

Photo credit: BBC

The Graham Norton Show continues next Friday night (April 21) with guests Rob Brydon, Brendan O'Carroll and Harry Styles's solo UK debut on BBC One.

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