Michael Keaton Had the Very Best Experience Making ‘Beetlejuice’

Michael Keaton is often referred to as one of the best big-screen Batman actors of all time. And for good reason because his version helped establish the character’s future success in movies. But of course, 1989’s Batman wasn’t the first film Keaton made with director Tim Burton. That honor goes to Beetlejuice, a film that hit theaters just a year earlier. Based on how much fun Keaton had making that supernatural comedy, we can’t blame him for wanting to work with Burton again.

Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in a wax museum | Peter Bischoff

Michael Keaton wasn’t Tim Burton’s first choice for ‘Beetlejuice’

Looking back, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Keaton playing the title character in Beetlejuice. He brings such manic energy and comic timing to the role. And it’s apparent that Keaton is in full-on comedian mode in many of his scenes. Reportedly, the actor even ad-libbed quite a bit of his dialogue, having worked in the theater before.

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Michael Keaton Had the Very Best Experience Making ‘Beetlejuice’