Paul Bettany (born May 27, 1971 in Harlesden, London) is an English actor.
He had his breakout role as a naked Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale, which is probably saying something, and has since starred in a wide variety of movies where he usually steals all the scenes he's in.
Some of his roles include:
- Gangster No 1 (2000) as the Gangster
- A Knight's Tale (2001) as Geoffrey Chaucer
- A Beautiful Mind (2001) as Russell Crowe's imaginary friend
- Master and Commander (2003) as Dr. Stephen Maturin, Russell Crowe's not-so-imaginary friend
- Wimbledon (2004) as Peter Colt
- The Da Vinci Code (2006) as Silas
- Firewall (2006) as Bill Cox
- in Inkheart (2008) as Dustfinger
- Marvel Cinematic Universe in dual roles as:
- Charles Darwin in Creation (2009)
- Archangel Michael in Legion (2010)
- Inspector John Acheson in The Tourist (2010)
- Priest in Priest (2011)
- Ted Kaczynski in Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)
- Star Wars: Solo (2018) as Dryden Vos
Examples concerning this actor:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: Bettany states he does all his action films like Legion and Priest because he enjoys them just as much as the dramatic, artsy films.
- Dyeing for Your Art:
- Went to the gym for six months while filming Legion. He hated it.
- His hair was dyed brunette for Master and Commander.
- Money, Dear Boy: He admits that his performances as JARVIS are mainly for this, and he doesn't even watch the movies. Playing the Vision, however, got him more excited, as it was a more complex challenge than voice acting."I used to be in a studio for 45 minutes and do J.A.R.V.I.S. and get a huge bag of cash and go my way like a burglar, and now they want me to work for my money. Which is great and sweaty and hot, which youll realize once they unveil everything. Its really f***ing cool. Its great to join this train which is on really clear tracks."
- Mr. Fanservice: His directors seem well aware of his appeal.
- Old Shame: Actively discourages anybody from trying to watch Dead Babies.
- Promoted Fanboy: And how! When Ron Howard took over Solo, Bettany sent him an offhand text, saying "Hey, Ron, have you ever spent long winter evenings like I have wondering why you're not in the Star Wars franchise?" Two weeks later, he was cast as Dryden Vos.
- Romance on the Set: Met Jennifer Connelly while filming A Beautiful Mind. They later acted together as husband and wife in Creation, and Connelly had a short cameo as Dustfinger's girlfriend/soon-to-be-wife in Inkheart.
- Those Two Actors:
- What Could Have Been: Was offered the part of the king in The King's Speech, but didn't take it.