Paul Bettany Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

10th November 2015

Quote: "One of the things that I noticed as a first-time filmmaker is that if you're making a film about a Nigerian Muslim immigrant and a junkie prostitute, people don't want to shower you with money, so it helps if you have an Oscar winner lying around the house, and I did, and that helped me get Anthony MACkie to say yes." British actor-turned-director Paul Bettany credits his wife, Jennifer Connelly, with helping him land financing for his new homeless drama, Shelter. The Oscar winner stars in the movie, as a homeless drug addict, opposite actor MACkie.

23rd September 2015

Quote: "You’re working with the professors of these comics, these stories. They know them intimately and when they bend the rules, people trust them. They have grown up as fans themselves and are essentially continuing that in their grown-up, adult lives. What is extraordinary, I think, about the pictures is you feel they’re made by fans. You feel that they’re made by people that love the stories and aren’t just trying to squeeze another buck out of it. They really care deeply about the quality of the material." Actor Paul Bettany on the masterminds behind Marvel Studios' superhero, comic book movies. Bettany played Vision in the latest Avengers blockbuster, Age of Ultron.

22nd September 2015

Quote: "I was sitting on the sidewalk of Sunset Boulevard having just come out of a meeting in the building behind me, having been told that my career is over by a producer. And my phone rang, and I answered my phone, and I said: 'Hello'. It was Joss Whedon. And Joss Whedon said, 'Do you want to be a superhero in the next Avengers movie?' I went, 'Yes!'" Paul Bettany's mood changed after filmmaker Whedon asked him to play Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

23rd January 2015

Quote: "When he comes round it's like having a sort of hobo magician from the 1930s... who's shedding jewellery all the time... He once came over for dinner and stayed for two days." Paul Bettany on his pal Johnny Deep, who his kids call Uncle Fun.

19th October 2012

Quote: "We lived together for six weeks because I wanted to create a brotherly relationship in the film. We tended to come home and work on the next day's scenes. I know all of his bad habits. I kicked him out one night. There was fun and then, when it was heavy, it was really heavy." Actor Paul Bettany tired of living with his Blood co-star Stephen Graham.

17th October 2012

Quote: "I feel like a pirate. This is robbery. I walk in, I say some lines on a piece of paper for two hours, and then they give me a bag of money and I leave and I go about my day. I sort of feel guilty, because at least acting can be exhausting, with long hours… but I do nothing! And I've never seen one of them." Paul Bettany, who voices the role of Tony Stark's computer Jarvis in the Iron Man movies, hasn't seen any of the superhero film series and feels bad about working such short hours for his role.

10th September 2012

Fact: Actors Will Ferrell, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Lmao's Redfoo, supermodel Tyra Banks and actress Minka Kelly were all in the audience at the U.S. Open Women's Final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. Williams won the title 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

16th May 2012

Quote: "I thought it was remarkable. Somehow I thought it really suited her. I've never seen her as a blonde." Paul Bettany enjoyed seeing his brunette wife Jennifer Connelly with lighter locks for her role in new movie Virginia.

3rd February 2012

Fact: Twilight star Michael Sheen has replaced fellow Brit Paul Bettany as 1960s sex expert William Masters in a racy new U.S. cable series. The Welsh star will lead the cast of Masters of Sex for Showtime opposite Lizzy Kaplan, who will play Masters' partner Virginia Johnson. Shakespeare in Love's John Madden is slated to direct.

12th January 2012

Quote: "My main addiction is guitars. I like antique guitars and I can't even begin to tell you how much I've spent on them. Though I think my wife bought me my most expensive one, actually." British actor Paul Bettany's only extravagance is his guitar collection.

16th November 2011

Quote: "(Parenthood) needs to be the biggest focus of your life. And it absolutely is the most important, biggest focus of my wife's life. She is amazing at it. It's not fake. Everyone says that, but it's actually really true. It's the most important thing in her life." Actor Paul Bettany heaps praise on his wife Jennifer Connelly after she gave birth to their third child, daughter Agnes, in May (11).

14th November 2011

Fact: Paul Bettany has signed on to play sex expert William H. Masters in new TV drama Masters of Sex. Masters led a research team which solved the secrets and mysteries about human sexuality

30th September 2011

Quote: "I love action movies, I love all sorts of movies, but there are just too many of the f**kers and too few movies for grownups. Action movies are incredibly vain. You get all fit and feel more stupid with every push-up." British actor Paul Bettany is eyeing a move away from action films.

30th September 2011

Quote: "It's so weird, so difficult and occasionally heartbreaking. I have a rule that we'll never go more than two weeks without seeing each other." Paul Bettany insists on seeing his wife Jennifer Connelly and their children regularly when he's away from home working on movies.

12th May 2011

Quote: "I love the mythology of vampires. I love the idea that you can do many things with them; you can change many things but the one thing you probably shouldn't change is that they're frightening... You shouldn't want to bring a vampire home to your mum." Actor Paul Bettany insists the bloodsuckers in his new film Priest are nothing like the pale romantics in the Twilight film franchise.

11th May 2011

Quote: "It's entirely coincidental, but I swear to God, this is the last time. If they make a sequel to this, of course I'll do it, but it's the last time I take on a religious theme." British actor Paul Bettany is tired of playing all-action men of the cloth after portraying monks and clergymen in The Da Vinci Code, Legion and new film Priest.

4th May 2011

Quote: "It drives me absolutely to distraction. You got rid of all of this nonsense 200 years ago, you had a revolution... It's not your tax dollars." British actor Paul Bettany can't understand Americans' fascination in last week's (29Apr11) royal wedding.

3rd May 2011

Quote: "I think it's great. I think it's this great British tradition where every 20 or so years the poor people in my country scrape together $36 million to pay for two already massively rich children's wedding." Actor Paul Bettany on the royal wedding.

11th December 2010

Quote: "I tried to put Angie and Johnny at ease. It's the first Paul Bettany film they've ever been in." Actor PAUL BETTANY jokes about working with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in new action movie THE TOURIST.

1st November 2010

Fact: Robert Downey, JR., Paul Bettany and Ralph Fiennes were among the frontrunners considered as King George VI in acclaimed new film The King's Speech. Colin Firth won the role of the stuttering king.

18th April 2010

Quote: "I have one rule. There's nothing more important than my wife's world." The Da Vinci Code star Paul Bettany reveals the secret to the success of his seven-year marriage to Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly.

21st January 2010

Quote: "I can’t interview an angel and say, 'What’s it like?' So I went to museums. What I noticed about angels, often they have swords and spears, and they’re ripped... What I needed to do is go to the gym." Paul Bettany on how he prepared to play an angel in horror action film LEGION.

12th January 2010

Quote: "I wish I did have faith. I think it would make life much easier. I just have not discovered God in my life. I mean, I don't see him. It's not that I'm closed off to the argument, but I do feel the burden of proof." The Da Vinci Code actor Paul Bettany professes his atheism.

29th September 2009

Quote: "We hired a beautiful house in Edinburgh and had 10 or 11 people as guests. It was a rainy winter's day, but it was one of the best days of my life. At the end we were all in our pyjamas playing Twister on the floor." Paul Bettany on his 2003 marriage to Jennifer Connelly.

8th September 2009

Quote: "We said, 'Where is the sun?' And evidently, the sun is in Tahiti. So we went to the lovely, swanky Four Seasons (hotel) in Bora Bora and we all got a tan." Actress Jennifer Connelly is cooling down following a last minute trip to Tahiti with her British actor husband Paul Bettany, after enduring a rainy New York summer.

7th February 2009

Quote: "I think the longest we have ever been apart is two weeks... so it's a lot of aeroplanes. It's very bad for the environment, I know, but it's been really good for our family." Jennifer Connelly has become a jetsetter since her marriage to Paul Bettany.

17th January 2009

Quote: "I'm so pleased that nobody died; it's one of those awful nightmares. You're frightened every time you take off." Paul Bettany was thrilled to hear the passengers and crew of the United Airways plane which landed on the Hudson River survived. The premiere of the Brit's new movie INKHEART took place in New York on Thursday night (15Jan09), just hours after the rescue effort.

9th January 2009

Quote: "If someone forgot their socks, we'd be flipping a coin to see who'd go upstairs to get them." Actress Jennifer Connelly on the challenges she and husband Paul Bettany faced in their previous home - a four-storey townhouse in Brooklyn, New York.

20th October 2007

Quote: "I'm kind of like the eye candy. As we walk down the red carpet, I know everybody's kind of looking at us thinking, 'How did she snag him?' So it boosts my confidence." British actor Paul Bettany believes longtime girlfriend Jennifer Connolly is the luckiest girl in Hollywood.

20th October 2007

Quote: "Never wear cowboy boots. I think they're inappropriate. They imply, `I'm hot in bed!'" Actor Paul Bettany offers some fashion advice.

17th October 2007

Quote: "She's incredibly gifted at sleeping; if it were an Olympic event, she could represent her country." Paul Bettany on his actress wife Jennifer Connelly's bedroom talents.

10th July 2006

Quote: "Don't even go there! We've had to move to Brooklyn, just to fit the bloody handbags in the house." British actor Paul Bettany bemoans wife Jennifer Connelly's ever-growing collection of handbags and shoes.

16th May 2006

Quote: "I don't think there is anything offensive about this film at all. It's a work of fiction, you'll find it in the fiction section in your local bookshop." Paul Bettany is baffled by widespread opposition to his new movie The Da Vinci Code.

10th May 2006

Quote: "I'm entirely surprised by my career. I'm always convinced someone's going to say, 'Sorry, we meant Paul Battany, not you." THE DA VINCI CODE star Paul Bettany on his Hollywood career.

9th May 2006

Fact: Actor Paul Bettany's father THANE is godfather to British royal SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX.

9th May 2006

Quote: "Can you imagine it? 'There's a naked role, we've got to go to Paul Bettany. He's cornered the market in getting his arse out.'" A KNIGHT'S TALE star Paul Bettany insists a string of nude roles has raised his profile in Hollywood.

20th March 2006

Quote: "To me, acting is like sex. It's great fun to do but talking about it is embarrassing." British actor Paul Bettany doesn't like to work and tell.

16th March 2006

Quote: "London. No contest. I love Paris, but who doesn't? London is it." Paul Bettany is a true Brit.

12th February 2006

Quote: <p>"I threw that man through a window seven times, and each time he landed on his head. Harrison would get up...(and) I would throw him through it again. Harrison is one tough son of a bitch." Actor Paul Bettany on his Firewall co-star Harrison Ford. </p>

7th February 2006

Quote: <p>"Close up JENNIFER's a complete dog. In real life, without the make-up - hideous... (She's) irritating and lovely and surprising." Paul Bettany jokes about his wife Jennifer Connelly's famous good looks. </p>

30th January 2006

Quote: <p>"I went to the gym and got strong. My image of him is he wasn't a man who ate a lot of cake, so I trimmed down." British actor Paul Bettany on how he prepared to play villainous albino monk SILAS in the upcoming DA VINCI CODE. </p>

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