Stellan Skarsgard - Paul Bettany 'Tricked' Into Movie Role
Paul Bettany had a ''hideous'' time working on 'Dogville' and says he only agreed to appear in the film because his friend Stellan Skarsgard tricked him into thinking it would be fun.
Stellan Skarsgard tricked Paul Bettany into appearing in 'Dogville'.
The 40-year-old actor agreed to appear in Lard von Trier's movie after his friend told him being on set was like a constant party - only for Paul to have a "hideous experience" as it was nothing like his pal had claimed.
Paul said: "It was a hideous experience. I did it because Stellan f***ing Skarsgard fibbed to me. He said, 'You gotta turn up, it'll be fantastic, it's like a party all the time.'
"And after three weeks and not one bit of fun, I said, 'Stellan, what were you talking about?' And he said, 'Man, I was making it up - I just couldn't face doing it without you.' "
Paul found working on the movie particularly tough because he felt like the director's "puppet" as he was allowed no input into the film.
He explained: "I found it a particularly unsatisfying experience because Lars has no interest in you being any part of the cerebral process with him. You're absolutely his puppet.
"But I don't want to be too down on Lars. He is extraordinary and he is a sensation."