Bettany The Non-Believer
THE DA VINCI CODE star PAUL BETTANY no longer follows Catholicism, despite being brought up a believer in the faith. Bettany, who plays a member of the secretive Catholic sect Opus Dei in director RON HOWARD's movie, admits he is now an "atheist". He says, "I was brought up Catholic. I'm lapsed. "From the age of three I was with the nuns. Now I'm an atheist. I think religion does a lot for us but I can't quite believe it, alas... "It's just a personal choice. I love the idea of heaven though. Who doesn't? It's lovely." But Bettany, who has a son and a stepson with his wife JENNIFER CONNELLY, wants their children to follow their own path in life. He adds, "If they discover religion and it brings then comfort then great. I'm all for comfort. I'll be over the moon for them."