Fifteen Minutes with Paul Bettany
When you’re about to sit down with the person who voiced Jarvis, there seems to be so many questions you could ask, after all he was Tony Stark’s right hand for years. When we found out Paul Bettany was on our talent list for interviews during the #CaptainAmericaEvent, we all wondered would we seem like fan girls if we asked him to conduct the interview in the Jarvis voice. Of course we did, but we did have quite a few questions for Paul including one about him voicing Jarvis.
I’m starting at the end of our conversation with Paul, one of the ladies asked being that he voiced the iconic Jarvis, has anyone ever asked him to record their outgoing voicemail message. He responded my asking was it a request. We all chimed in saying well no, but, lets me honest if he was going to record the message for us we would all love it and couldn’t wait to have anyone call us.
We asked about the costume and make-up for his character Vision, since the movie was filmed in Atlanta, where the temperature can be very hot and humid. He shared that it’s part costume, makeup, and some CGI. The CGI is what’s used to create the lines of circuitry you see in his eyes. When the character was first created it took almost two hours to do makeup for the character, that time has been cut in half, since the team has gotten better and faster.
For the longest time we just heard Paul’s voice as Jarvis, so we were interested in knowing what it was like going from the voice to an actual character in the movies.
Well, I just love it. I mean, it’s a double-edged sword, of course, because, I used to show up for 45 minutes, talk a bit and they’d give me a big bag of cash. Now I gotta got to Atlanta and wear spanks. It’s been so much fun. I loved doing it and I look forward to it when the date is set for the next one. It’s lovely. You meet a bunch of people that you know, and it’s like coming back to a family.
He didn’t share the date with us of course, so I don’t have special scoop that I’m hiding but you can already tell what’s next by checking the Marvel slate of upcoming movies, assuming they haven’t changed anything.
I always wonder how it is for actors who are parents, and how their kids react to them being on screen. We asked Vision how kids felt about him being a superhero and he shared a cute story about the first time his daughter, who was three at the time, reacted when she saw him as Vision.
I mean, they love it, actually. My daughter met me as the Vision for the first time and I think she was just three. Or maybe just even about to turn three. And she just ran up to me and gave me a hug. She knew immediately who it was. And I had been very worried what her response would be. And then at the end of the day when I took it all off she had her first ever meltdown. And she went, I want purple daddy, you know? Which, as I’m sure you can all imagine, was a little depressing.
Like I shared earlier in my post, Paul talked about the weather in Atlanta and how some days it was 105 degrees outside, to help beat the heat both Paul and Chadwick Boseman wear a special suit under their costumes that has ice water running through it to cool them down. He describes it as being inside a Gin and Tonic. LOL. We’ve all been there before when dealing with hot weather so I’m sure just about anything would help them to feel cool, instead of sweating up a storm.
Comic book fans already know about Vision and Wanda, so we asked him to talk a little about his relationship with Scarlet Witch since they both share a connection.
Yeah, I mean, I think you find Vision in this movie on a sort of a personal quest. In the previous movie you see him born. Which I don’t expect ever to do on camera again in my career. He is naïve and yet omnipotent in sort of struggling with learning about the world. And I think in this movie you find him, trying to be more human. And we found ways to realize that visually with him wearing human clothes. Albeit from the 1950s. But human clothes. The reason I think he’s doing that he’s kind of interested in working out how loyalty works. And I think that loyalty probably works through love. Logic doesn’t really afford for loyalty because if new information comes to light, he might well flip and be on Captain America’s side, right?
Love is the water that makes soil hold roots, right? So, I think in order to protect humanity, he needs to understand what love is. And he and Wanda both share certain similarities. Which is they don’t know the extent of their powers. And that’s terrifying.
Paul has done some directing of his own, and we wanted to know whether his process as an actor was much different as a director.
Yeah, and I think more actors should do it. It really gives you much more of a respect for the directors that you work with. And I really enjoyed my own period of being an actor and just enjoying my responsibility because you’re obviously taking care of a much larger picture as the director. And you’re day is just filled with a thousand questions. 99% of which are what color do you want the red shoes to be? And then 1% of them being absolutely are one of the triple questions that are gonna make you old.
When one of the ladies in the room asked Paul about an article she read that stated he didn’t watch the Iron Man movies he shared with us how his comment was taken out of context. Instead of using his full quote the journalist who wrote article chose to only use part of what he said, he’s since done his homework and watched all the movies so the next time anyone asks he won’t have that problem again.
Captain America Civil War opens in theaters on May 6, 2016. Vision has chosen his side standing with #TeamIronMan, you can choose your side before or after you see the movie opening weekend. Grab your tickets now and skip the long lines at the theaters.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.
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Disclosure: I attended an all expenses paid press trip with Disney/Marvel, any opinions expressed are my own. Photos used in this post were provided by Disney and Coralie S. of LoveBugs and Postcards.