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Josh Hartnett quickly became obsessed with 'Star Wars'

By Rick Bentleyrbentley@fresnobee.com

Josh Hartnett, who plays Ethan Chandler in “Penny Dreadful,” grew up a “Star Wars” fan.
Josh Hartnett, who plays Ethan Chandler in “Penny Dreadful,” grew up a “Star Wars” fan. Courtesy of SHOWTIME

Josh Hartnett was born the year after the first “Star Wars” movie opened. That meant he wasn’t able to be part of the original furor around the movie.

But, the actor - best known for his work in the films “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down” and the TV series “Penny Dreadful” - made up for that quickly.

“Everything in my life was ‘Star Wars’ when I was a kid,” Hartnett says during an interview at the TV critics tour to discuss his role in “Penny Dreadful.”

Hartnett, who grew up in Saint Paul, MN, says he was obsessed with anything that had to do with “Star Wars.”

“I got every action figure I could get my hands on. My dad limited my access. He wouldn’t let me buy everything,” Hartnett says.

He was so in love with “Star Wars” that when his father - and the woman would would become his stepmother - went out on their second date, Hartnett asked her if she wanted to go see “Return of the Jedi” with him.

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