Back in the early 2000s, Josh Hartnett’s handsome face was stuck up in teenagers’ lockers, his movie posters were plastered across their bedroom walls, and his name was scrawled in love hearts on the backs of girls’ hands. Today, however, those same fangirls might well have difficulty remembering who Josh Hartnett is, since the actor seemingly turned his back on Hollywood over 15 years ago. So now it’s time to find out the true reason for Hartnett’s speedy exit from show biz.
In 2002 Hartnett, with his chiseled features and boyish charm, was hot property in Hollywood. Indeed, at just age 23, he was one of the movie industry’s most popular leading men. And yet just a year previously, he had still been relatively unknown – before his roles in Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down catapulted him into the spotlight, that is.
These days, though, it’s pretty rare to see Hartnett’s name on a film poster. In fact, his departure from Tinseltown might well have left countless fans scratching their heads, asking, “Where the hell did Josh Hartnett go?” It seems strange, after all, for such a big Hollywood star to leave everything behind. But as it turns out, the actor had his reasons for doing so.