"Wisdom," according to Adam West, "is knowing when to shut the fuck up." And for the past 20 years or so, by this definition, there are few major stars who have been such exemplary models of good sense.
As Batman in the original television series, West represented an icon whose fame rivalled that of James Bond and The Beatles. But ever since the mid-1980s, by which time he'd retreated to a farm outside the remote town of Ketchum, Idaho (pop. 3,003) he has become increasingly reluctant to speak to journalists.
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