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Birth date: May 27, 1971
Birth place: Harlesden, London, England, UK
Height:6' 3½" (1.92 m)
Profession:Actor, Director, Writer
Education:Drama Centre London
Nationality:British
Spouse:Jennifer Connelly
Children:Kai Dugan, Agnes Lark Bettany, Stellan Bettany
Parents:Anne Kettle, Thane Bettany
Siblings:Sarah Bettany, Matthew Bettany
Awards:Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, Glamour Award for Man of The Year, Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nominations:Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performance
Movies:Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Shelter, The Avengers, Priest, A Beautiful Mind, Legion, The Da Vinci Code, Transcendence, Mortdecai, A Knight's Tale, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Margin Call, Iron Man 3, Inkheart, Dogville, The Tourist, Wimbledon, Iron Man, The Young Victoria, Iron Man 2, Gangster No. 1, The Reckoning, The Secret Life of Bees, The Heart of Me, Legend, The Land Girls, Firewall, Creation, Broken Lines, Dead Babies, Blood, Sharpe's Waterloo, Stories of Lost Souls, Bent, David Copperfield, Coming Home, After the Rain, Franklyn, The Game of Death, Andam Kosam Pandem, Born, Journey's End
TV shows:Killer Net, Every Woman Knows a Secret

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“As a married father, I seem to have become incredibly sexy. I can feel it.”- Paul Bettany
As someone rightly points out “he is a signpost of blond, gorgeous Englishness.” Paul Bettany is a British Actor, film producer, film director, screenwriter and voice actor who is well known for his roles in successful films like A Knight’sTale, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Creation, The Tourist and many more. He has a net worth of $5 million.

Paul Bettany Net Worth $5 Million Dollars

Paul Bettany was born on 27 May 1971 in Shepherd’s Bush, London, England, UK. His mother was a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager. His father was a dancer, actor, and drama teacher. When Bettany was 16, his brother Matthew died after falling from a pavilion near their home at age 8. It was a trying time for him, “It blew the family apart. Life was never the same again”, he said of the incident. Shortly after his brother’s death, Bettany dropped out of school, left home, and went to live on his own in London. He was a skilled guitar player and earned money by playing his guitar in the streets of London. Towards the end he got very sick, his father came and picked him up and so he went back home. He later worked in a home for the elderly. After working there for a year, Bettany enrolled at the Drama Centre in London.

Bettany began his acting career onstage with The Inspector Calls in the West End. He went on to appear in various other productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company like Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. He then moved to television, appearing in a BBC production of Oliver Twist. He made his film debut with a role in Bent (1997). His first leading role was in the film Gangster No. 1(2000). Bettany’s first big Hollywood production A Knight’s Tale (2001) brought him much critical acclaim. He played Geoffrey Chaucer in the film. A Beautiful Mind came out the same year. Bettany’s portrayal of Dr. Stephen Maturin in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World(2003) won him many nominations and awards including a BAFTA nomination. He played Charles Darwin in the 2009 film Creation. His other important films include The Reckoning, Firewall, Dogville, Wimbledon, The Da Vinci Code, Legion, Priest, Blood and The Tourist amongst many. He is also the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the “Iron Man” franchise. Bettany is to play the character of Vision in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron alongside his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S.

Awards:
London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year (2001) for- A Knight’s Tale. Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor(2003) for- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Heart of Me. London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actor of the Year(2003) for- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Jordan Award for Best Actor(2004) for- Wimbledon. Glamour Awards Man of the Year 2006.

Bettany is married to Actress Jennifer Connelly. They met while they were filming together for A Beautiful Mind and got married in 2003. “I remember looking across that enormous table and seeing Jennifer. Thank God I’d learnt my part. I’d never been that close to someone that beautiful before,”he says of his first meeting with Jennifer. The couple live in New York with their two children Stellan and Agnes and Connelly’s son Kai. Since moving to New York together, Bettany and wife Connelly have owned and moved from one gorgeous home to another. Limestone townhouse.It is a much talked about house that the couple owned- a gorgeous 18-room single family limestone mansion in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany put it on the market for $8.5 million. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly owns this penthouse apartment in one of America’s most desirable and fashionable neighbourhoods- the affluent TriBeCa neighbourhood, situated on the edge of New York City. The couple has put the 4,096 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms house in the market at an asking price of $8,495,000. Stowe, Vermont is famous for being the abode of many famous celebrities including Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. Bettany said he bought the 100-acre farm in Vermont as a weekend retreat for his children.

He quit smoking after finding out his son, Stellan, imitating him with a pen. He named his son Stellan after actor Stellan Skarsgard whom he starred together with in Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) and Dogville. He suffered from laryngitis after filming A Knight’s Tale due to all the yelling he had to do portraying Geoffrey Chaucer in the film. His role as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale was specifically written for him by director Brian Helgeland. He loves broccoli, cheese and whisky and his favorite book is “Darkness at Noon”. He was once was a cocaine user but he quit after an incident with a friend.



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Beautiful Mind2001Charles
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)2001Jimmy
A Knight's Tale2001Geoffrey Chaucer
David Copperfield2000TV MovieJames Steerforth
Dead Babies2000Quentin
Gangster No. 12000Young Gangster
The Suicide Club2000Shaw
After the Rain1999Steph Oosthuizen
Every Woman Knows a Secret1999TV Mini-SeriesRob
Killer Net1998TV Mini-SeriesJoe Hunter
Coming Home1998TV SeriesEdward Carey-Lewis
The Land Girls1998Philip
Sharpe's Waterloo1997TV MoviePrince William of Orange
Bent1997Captain
The Bill1996TV SeriesJake Connolly
Wycliffe1994TV SeriesIan Greaves
Avengers: Infinity War2018pre-productionVision
Journey's EndfilmingOsborne
Official Secretspre-production
Captain America: Civil War2016Vision
Legend2015/ICharlie Richardson (uncredited)
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015Jarvis Vision
Mortdecai2015Jock
Transcendence2014/IMax Waters
Iron Man Three2013JARVIS (voice)
Blood2012/IJoe Fairburn
The Avengers2012Jarvis (voice)
Priest2011Priest
Margin Call2011Will Emerson
The Tourist2010Inspector John Acheson
Iron Man 22010JARVIS (voice)
Legion2010Michael
Creation2009/ICharles Darwin
The Young Victoria2009Lord Melbourne
Inkheart2008Dustfinger
The Secret Life of Bees2008T. Ray Owens
Broken Lines2008Chester
Iron Man2008JARVIS (voice)
The Da Vinci Code2006Silas
Firewall2006Bill Cox
Wimbledon2004Peter Colt
Euston Road2004ShortY
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World2003Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
Dogville2003Tom Edison
The Reckoning2002/IINicholas
The Heart of Me2002Rickie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shelter2014/I

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shelter2014/Iscreenplay

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shelter2014/Iproducer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dogville Confessions2003Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Making of 'Captain America: Civil War'2016Video documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
Dish Nation2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Beers Player / Himself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself
Talking Dead2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Avengers: Age of Ultron - From the Inside Out: Making of Avengers - Age of Ultron2015Video documentary shortHimself
Conan2011-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2014)
The Bloody Frontier: Creating the World of Priest2011Video shortHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film Fiend2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the Qube 3D2011TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema 32011TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Man's Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of 'Iron Man 2'2010Video documentaryHimself
Humanity's Last Line of Defense2010Video documentary shortHimself
Legion: Creating the Apocalypse2010Video documentary shortHimself
Legion: From Pixels to Picture2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Unlocking the Code2009Video documentary shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2004-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Alex Zane's GuestList2008TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2008TV SeriesHimself
2007 Britannia Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Filmmaker's Journey2006Video documentaryHimself
The Da Vinci Code: Unusual Suspects2006Video shortHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2003-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Caiga quien caiga2006TV SeriesHimself
Getaway2006TV SeriesHimself
The Hundred Days2004Video documentaryHimself
Premiere Women in Hollywood Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sen kväll med Luuk2004TV SeriesHimself
McEnroe2004TV SeriesHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Wimbledon: The Movie'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning Australia2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
GMTV2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
2003 Annual BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron2003TV SeriesHimself
Dogville Confessions2003DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Heath Ledger Profile2001Video documentary shortHimself
Stories for the People2001Video documentary shortHimself
The World's First Sports Promoter2001Video documentary shortHimself
Rosamunde Pilcher1997TV Movie documentaryHimself / Edward Carey-Lewis (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Small Parts2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Lego Marvel's Avengers2016Video GameJARVIS Vision
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesCharles
Stories of Lost Souls2005Y (segment "Euston Road")
Sharpe: The Legend1997VideoPrince of Orange

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMargin Call (2011)· J.C. Chandor (director)
· Tiffany Little Canfield (casting director)
· Bernard Telsey (casting director)
· Penn Badgley (ensemble cast)
· Simon Baker (ensemble cast)
· Jeremy Irons (ensemble cast)
· Mary McDonnell (ensemble cast)
· Demi Moore (ensemble cast)
· Zachary Quinto (ensemble cast)
· Kevin Spacey (ensemble cast)
· Stanley Tucci (ensemble cast)
2008Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble Acting of the YearThe Secret Life of Bees (2008)· Hilarie Burton
· Dakota Fanning
· Jennifer Hudson
· Alicia Keys
· Queen Latifah
· Sophie Okonedo
2004Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorThe Heart of Me (2002)
2004ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2002ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearA Knight's Tale (2001)
2002EuropaCinema Platinum AwardViareggio EuropaCinemaBest ActorThe Heart of Me (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: ChemistryCaptain America: Civil War (2016)· Robert Downey Jr.
· Scarlett Johansson
· Don Cheadle
· Chadwick Boseman
2015Jury AwardCamerimageBest Directorial DebutShelter (2014)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleMargin Call (2011)· Kevin Spacey
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Simon Baker
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Aasif Mandvi
2011Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceMargin Call (2011)· Kevin Spacey
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Simon Baker
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Aasif Mandvi
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingMargin Call (2011)· Kevin Spacey
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Simon Baker
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Susan Blackwell
· Aasif Mandvi
· Ashley Williams
2005Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActorWimbledon (2004)
2005Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspiring Movie ActingThe Reckoning (2002)
2004BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2004Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2004Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
2004MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearA Beautiful Mind (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising Performer
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureA Beautiful Mind (2001)· Jennifer Connelly
· Russell Crowe
· Adam Goldberg
· Ed Harris
· Judd Hirsch
· Josh Lucas
· Austin Pendleton
· Christopher Plummer
· Anthony Rapp
· Jason Gray-Stanford
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleA Beautiful Mind (2001)· Jennifer Connelly
· Russell Crowe
· Adam Goldberg
· Ed Harris
· Judd Hirsch
· Josh Lucas
· Austin Pendleton
· Christopher Plummer
· Anthony Rapp
· Jason Gray-Stanford
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Newcomer of the YearGangster No. 1 (2000)
2000British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorGangster No. 1 (2000)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorDogville (2003)


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#Fact
1He and his wife Jennifer Connelly have played characters in films based on Marvel comic book characters. Bettany plays the voice of "Jarvis" in the "Iron Man" films as well as the live-action role of "Vision" in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Connelly played Betty Ross, the love interest of Bruce Banner in Hulk (2003).
2Turned down the starring role of Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex (2013) that went to Michael Sheen.
3In February 2014 it was announced that Bettany would be playing Vision in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). This marks not only his first on screen appearance in a Marvel movie but he will also be playing a dual role since he will also be voicing 'Jarvis' Tony Stark/Iron Man's cyber man servant a role he has played four times previously.
4Was considered for the role of Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass (2007). Some reports claimed that Nicole Kidman was eager to star in the film as she wished to work with him again, having previously co-starred with him in Dogville (2003).
5Has acted in several religion-themed movies or played the part of a religious character, including: Priest (2011) and The Reckoning (2002) where he plays Priests who question their faith and go off on their own tangent; Legion (2010) where he plays the Archangel Michael who also questions his moral fibre and risks disobedience to God to do what he feels is right; and The Da Vinci Code (2006) where he plays an obsessive Monk who will do all he can to protect the secrets of Christianity.
6Decided at the age of 19 that he wanted to be an actor.
7Was the first choice to portray King George VI in The King's Speech (2010) but after he turned it down Colin Firth, who went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance, was cast instead.
8His wife Jennifer Connelly gave birth to their daughter Agnes Lark Bettany at home in New York City via a scheduled water birth (31 May 2011).
9His wife, Jennifer Connelly, is expecting their second child, her third [December 14, 2010].
10Grandson of Olga Gwynne and Lesley Kettle.
11His son's godfather is the actor Charlie Condou who starred with him in Dead Babies (2000) and Euston Road (2004).
12Gave up smoking in 2005 after seeing his 2 year-old son, Stellan, imitating him with a pen.
13He had to wear a wig for The Da Vinci Code (2006) because, when they bleached his hair, the bleach burned bleeding holes in his head.
14Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
15Writer/director Brian Helgeland wrote the role of Chaucer in A Knight's Tale (2001) specifically for Paul. He "refused" to do the movie without him. The production companies did not think Bettany was known well enough, Helgeland thought that if he backed down on his choice of Bettany, he would have to back down on everything else.
16Won Evening Standard Film Award 2001 for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale (2001).
17When he was 16, his younger brother Matthew, who was 8, died in a fall. Consequently, he claimed to be obsessed with having lots of children.
18Paul's "acting heroes" are Humphrey Bogart, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole and Vincent Cassel.
19Nominated for Best Actor for his role in Gangster No1 by London Film Critics Circle Awards.
20Has appeared in many theatre productions, debuting in Stephen Daldry's production of "An Inspectors Calls," grabbing the American film industry's attention in Joe Penhall's "Love and Understanding." He also appeared in "One More Waster Year" and "Stranger's House."
21Apparently turned down the role of the Tooth Fairy in Red Dragon (2002) (most probably offered to him after his frightening appearance as psycho gangster in Gangster No. 1 (2000)) in favour of a much more poorly paid role in Lars von Trier's Dogville (2003).
22Son's name is Stellan Bettany, named after the actor Stellan Skarsgård who acted with him in Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001) and Dogville (2003).
23August 5, 2003 - his wife, Jennifer Connelly, gave birth to their first child, a boy.
24Has a stepson named Kai Dugan (mother is Jennifer Connelly).
25Acted for a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
26Also plays the guitar, and used to busk on Westminster Bridge in London.
27Developed laryngitis after filming A Knight's Tale (2001) because of all the yelling he had to do as Geoffrey Chaucer.
28Son of Thane Bettany and Anne Kettle. Has one older sister named Sarah, who lives in Cornwall (England) with her daughter Emaly.

#Quote
1[on Daniel Day-Lewis and his performance in In the Name of the Father (1993)] It is one of the most exquisite performances of all time. I saw it when I was a student of acting, and there was lots of people to admire; there was Robert De Niro, and there was Al Pacino, and here was an English person, making such a complete and visceral transformation in character that you just went, "Oh my God, we're allowed to do that sort of thing, too?" That felt really empowering.
2[on Raging Bull (1980)] I defy anybody to point out one thing that's wrong with it. It's just perfect.
3[on if he likes to play characters who only see in black and white] No, I don't. I think, conversely, I sort of see the job of my life being a process of becoming less judgmental as I get older. That's what I want to do. Acting has so many vain and awful things about it, but one of the really edifying things about it is you can, at times, get the opportunity to put yourself imaginatively in another human being's position and try to see things from their perspective. I see that as a real gift, and I hope that this is part of making me a better human being, whatever that f---ing means. But I mean it, you know? I do at least mean it. I really want to make films that I care about, and this film ["Margin Call"] really sparked an awakening in me, just remembering all of the reasons I initially wanted to be an actor. It was just a fantastic experience. Seventeen days, we shot this f---ing movie; it was just unbelievable. It was an unbelievable comradely experience, and I hanker after it. You know, I've been on jobs that were seven months long, and I have many more memories of this job than those.
4[on if there's anything about being a musician that prepares one for being an actor] Well, it's interesting. You know, I was able to look at a group of kids that were sitting on the stairs when I used to busk, which is play music, and I'd be able to judge whether they were French or, you know, what their nationality was. So if they were French, I would think, "Well, the Cure are huge in France, so I'll play a bunch of Cure songs." So I suppose in sort of recognizing what your audience wants, but I say that with trepidation because I'm not sure we should necessarily give the audience what they want. [laughs] You know what I mean? We live in a world where you make a film -- you spend two years in development, and then you spend six months in prep, then you shoot it for four months, and then spend another year editing it, and then you take it to a small town outside San Diego and show it to 60 teenagers, and then change your movie depending on what they say. I'm lost. Now you've lost me, because, you know, every 16-year-old boy is going to say, "I think it should be a bit more like Underworld," you know what I mean? Should we then make every film a bit more like Underworld? I'm not sure that that's a great way to go about creating new stuff.
5For some ungodly reason, I end up being naked in a lot of stuff. But there is a certain grace and kudos that come with taking your clothes off the first day, a respect that is given by the rest of the cast.
6I love westerns and the reason I love really good westerns is because they are really classical. Their structure is like a Roman tragedy. Lots of violence, lots of vengeance and occasionally redemption. They are wonderfully brutal.
7[on his film Priest (2011)] The vampires in our film are creatures, they are full-on monsters and full-on ferocious, formidable beasts. They're really not your romantic idea of what the vampire is. This is a species that, in our world, has coexisted with human beings forever and we have just been managing a war forever...Now the war is over and the vampires are contained and the priests are relics. It's over for them, a little like Vietnam veterans...rendered totally unfit for normal life due to their experiences.
8My dad made a lot of stories up at bedtime. He would create these wild stories about this elephant. As I got older, I remember him reading Lord of the Rings. My strongest memory was the moment when you think Frodo is dead and I forced him to read about 250 more pages until you realized he was okay.
9I did Legion (2010) so I could shoot a big gun and channel Jackie Chan. I wouldn't lie to you. I don't like real guns, but the fake firearms are fantastic. My machine gun was huge and made a lot noise, but it didn't hurt anybody. I'm usually the bad guy in movies like this, so I got a kick out of being the hero.
10When I was a kid I took some martial arts classes, but on Legion (2010) the stunt coordinators made you look like you can do the things that you can't, which is fantastic. I had an embarrassing amount of fun. It was like playing with a bunch of 10-year-olds who don't mind if you hit them. I had a scene where I threw a child zombie in the air who was attacking me. Actually, it was a small stunt person who was an adult. Everybody shot him and we were all giggling, even the poor guy who was being thrown. You can't take that stuff seriously.
11[on "Charles Darwin", whom he plays in Creation (2009)] - I couldn't believe the amount of violence that you can find on the Internet directed at a man who's been dead for a very long time. There's vicious diatribes full of hatred for Darwin. Actually, he was, by all accounts, one of the sweetest human beings you can possibly imagine. But there are still a lot of people who just can't accept his thinking without getting irrational. He was an atheist and so am I, but I don't think that makes me immoral.
12I do love to make music. When I was younger, growing up in London, I'd go to Westminster Bridge and play guitar to pick up a few coins from passersby. Every year we have a band that gets together and plays rock songs. This year, my stepson joined the band for the first time playing guitar and it was such a lovely, moving experience.
13... reading to both my kids has always been important. My wife, Jennifer, and I read to them every night. It's the most delicious time of the day when your child is all sleepy and cuddly and they get to snuggle up and you read them a bedtime story. It's the bit of parenting that makes up for when they're screaming and shouting at you.
14(On The Da Vinci Code (2006)) I'd love to make a movie that shakes the world and offends people, but I really. Didn't think it was going to be this one. I think next to The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), it's Tonka Toys. Nobody seemed to get offended by Martin Scorsese's movie, no one seemed to get offended when Francis Ford Coppola made a movie where he suggested that the Mafia and the Vatican were in cahoots. Nobody picketed that. I play a monk who murders people, but it's no more a comment on monks than it is on people who wear sandals. Or big long brown dresses.
15On how Hollywood treats its female actors: In general it's so much more of an objectification. You know the drill, it's a true story. For instance, if I am being asked to have a picture taken on the cover of a magazine, maybe they're wanting me to look sexy, maybe they're wanting me to look rugged, maybe they're wanting me to look fragile. With a woman, they want you to look available, essentially, that you are in some way inviting. And that's just fucking depressing.
16Recalling once attending a photo-shoot with Connelly where she was asked to wear just a bra: And she said, 'No, no, not gonna do it,' and so they asked her to wear a man's dinner jacket. And I'm thinking, 'How many times have I seen this, you unimaginative bastards?' So she does it, and then the magazine cover gets pulled, 'cos she wouldn't wear the bra. Because that's what's men's magazines that are sort of soft porn want. They're more insidious than porn magazines.
17I'm English, so I can't wear a baseball cap. I'd look like white trash, like I should have a beer and a dog called Skeeter.
18I wouldn't want to tumble with Harrison Ford in real life. He's a tough son of a bitch. I threw that man through a window seven times and he landed on his head, got up, rebuilt the window with the crew and then got thrown through it again. I hit that man in the stomach and he said, 'Could you just land it a bit harder so I could feel it?' So I landed it a bit harder and he wanted a bit more so he could react to it. Finally, I just wound one up and let loose on him and he said, 'That's it!' It was the most humiliating day of my life.
19People like Cary Grant, Will Smith and Hugh Grant do it brilliantly. They are just relentlessly charming and self-deprecating. I found that really difficult. But there may be other reasons for that.
20One of my film heroes is Peter Weir, who made Fearless (1993) but also made Green Card (1990). Ang Lee makes a western, he makes a Seventies psycho movie, a costume drama and a monster movie. I wanted to be like that. I finished this in October and I haven't worked since, because my wife [the actress Jennifer Connelly] had just had the baby and I wanted to be with them. But I've just taken on a film called Firewall (2006), which is a thriller with Harrison Ford. I'm doing it because I've never done a thriller before and I just get ... I just get bored if I don't do different things.
21A woman, who shall remain nameless, said to me, 'You're going to love LA, Paul, because over here ambition is not a dirty word.' And I thought, 'Well, you've named one of the things that I feel quite patriotic about.' It's still a little bit embarrassing in Britain if you're seen to try.
22I love the way British people see ourselves. We say, 'He's like us, a bit of a loser.'
23My plan - well, it isn't much of a plan, but it's mine and I like it - is to try to do lots of different things.
24The world is split into two kinds of people, those who would go out for a drink with John Lennon, and those who'd choose Paul McCartney ... After The Beatles came back from India, Lennon wrote "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and McCartney wrote "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". End of argument.

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1Towering height and slender frame
2Often plays secondary characters who are scene stealers

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