Remember when Miss Cast Away & the Island Girls came out, and I told you it would usher in a new era of Eric Roberts? And you didn't believe me? Well, it's happening. The LA Daily News is reporting that Mr. Roberts has just been cast as a Mafia Kingpin in the new Batman sequel entitled The Dark Knight. He begins work in June.

This is just one of many new projects for Eric, father of burgeoning star Emma Roberts and brother of America's Sweetheart Julia Roberts. He is also hustling it hardcore in the NBC series Heroes; he has a permanent gig on Showtime's The L Word, and this June his Hallmark Channel presentation Pandemic will premiere.

Eric Roberts hasn't stopped working since his illustrious turn as Paul Snider in 1983's Star 80. In 1985, Runaway Train won him an Oscar nomination. But he lost out to Don Ameche for Cocoon, "Once they gave my Oscar to the wrong person, I called my agent and said, 'From now on if there's one good thing about a project, I'll do it.' If the character is good, I'll do it. If the director is good, I'll do it. If the location is good, I'll do it."

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Since then, he's hit the ground running. And it just now seems as if he's hitting that critical second wind, which he accredits to a strong work ethic. "I don't stop working. I'm a workaholic. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm too overexposed to ever be a superstar, so I'm happy to be a working actor every day,"

Look for Eric Robert in theaters on July 18th, 2008. That's when The Dark Knight will be swinging into theaters!

B. Alan Orange