Burt Ward, the actor who starred in the popular 1960s television show Batman, has claimed that renowned network ABC told him to take pills in order to shrink his penis.
The series, which ran from 1966 to 1968, starred Ward in the role of Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick Robin and based on the DC comic book character of the same name.
The show aired twice weekly and, because of its popularity, prived to be the basis for future TV and film adaptations of the now-iconic DC franchise. Given its legacy, Ward was recently awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which allowed him time to reflect on what he described as an “amazing experience” when playing the role of Robin.
However, when detailing issues he occurred when on set, Ward revealed that ABC was unhappy about the size of his bulge and urged him to take medical action to make his penis smaller and less visible while wearing his costume.
“They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” Ward told Page Six before explaining that Adam West, his co-star who played the role of Batman, had the opposite issue: “With Adam they put Turkish towels in his undershorts,” he added.
Ward then said he was told to visit a doctor who prescribed him medication “to shrink me up” and reduce his size. “I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” he said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”