When I think of British born actor Paul Bettany I think of his flaxen hair (which was burned into bloody holes with bleach in The Da Vinci Code), beautiful piercing blue eyes and his gorgeous wife, Jennifer Connelly.
Paul and the lovely Jennifer married in 2003 after meeting on the film "A Beautiful Mind". Which brings me back to Paul and his major acting talent which is more often than not lost in translation somewhere.
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Actually Paul is the ideal actor. Why? His true essence and personality get completely integrated into the role he is playing at the time. Which explains why he is in so much demand for a wide range of role from supporting to leading.
Case in point? He plays a strong supporting role to Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the The Tourist which is set to be released in December of this year.
Although Paul has been tight lipped about his actual role between Angie and Johnny, the word on the street is that Paul plays a criminal Angelina once had an affair with. Angie uses Johnny, an American tourist, as a pawn to flush out bad guy Paul. The film is based on the French thriller "Anthony Zimmer" and was shot in Venice.
Bettany's Comments About Depp And Jolie
The film was directed by Florin Henckel von Donnersmarck who described Jolie and Depp as "more actors than stars." Bettany joked to the media about the film by saying it had "two unknown actors called Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie." He said that "little indie movie… I think it was the first Paul Bettany movie they had ever been in and they were a little nervous."
On a semi-serious note Bettany said "I sort of fell massively in love with Johnny Depp, who’s just one of the sweetest, funniest human beings you can possibly imagine," he added. "It’s so nice when you meet one of those people who make that much f--king cash, that you kind of go, ‘I’m really glad it happened to you.’ It’s awesome.”
It's really not all that surprising that Bettany had little to say about The Tourist or his other major film, The Priest, due to be released in the Spring of 2011. He's a very funny man unless of course his current character calls for him to be otherwise.
In The Priest, Bettany takes on a coven of rogue vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Acting as a warrior priest, the actor disobeys church law when he takes on the mission.
More About Paul Bettany
Paul has appeared in a wide variety of TV series and films. He appeared in a TV series in 1994 and his first film role was in 1997. Since that point he has acted in an amazing range of roles. He has been nominated for BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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