Hartnett had been cast in the role five years before the film was produced, remaining committed to appearing in the movie because he liked the subject matter.
Among his 2007 roles were Resurrecting the Champ, a drama also starring Samuel L.
Hartnett described the second film as "supernatural, but kind of a western".It all depends on what kind of American film you're looking at. There's a giant stretch of American films being made. You know, people would say that Luc Besson's movies are American . From 2014 to 2016, he starred as Ethan Chandler in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful, for which he was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award.After he graduated high school, a move to New York to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at SUNY Purchase did not go as well as Hartnett had hoped, and a year later, at 19, he found himself in California.