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Exclusive Interview with Paul Bettany as Vision #CaptainAmericaEvent

Updated May 15, 2016

Paul-Bettany selfPhoto Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

Paul Bettany was born in London, England and can win anyone over with his accent, looks, and humor. He has been part of the Marvel family for 7 years but you never saw his face in the films.  He was the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S in the Iron Man movies and later appeared as Vision in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  I had the chance to sit down with Paul Bettany for an exclusive interview and he talked about his makeup preparation, love, and more.

Vision in movie

The Makeup Process

The preparation took several hours to do and Paul mentions that it was hot in the 105 Atlanta weather. He says, “you all come out of your air-conditioned trailers in your costume and makeup and everybody’s looking rather like super heroes and movie stars. And then in about 5 minutes, you look a lot less like a movie star”. He mentioned that the Vision and Black Panther suit had a device in it that pumped ice-cold water through it to keep them cool but was rather more like a gin and tonic inside. In the film it may look like he wears contacts but he doesn’t as the CGI is what continues the lines and circuitry into his eyes.

Paul-BettanyPhoto Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

Being a Director

In addition to acting, Paul Bettany also directs which is becoming more commons with actors. He feels being on the other side of the camera gives you much more of a respect for the directors that you work with and feels more actors should do it. Although he really enjoys being an actor and his responsibility being a director is quite different as you’re taking care of a much larger picture as the director, and your day is just filled with a thousand questions. “It’s been amazing and I loved doing it, and will do it again”. “I’ll do a comedy next time”, he says.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..Vision (Paul Bettany)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016

Photo Credit: Marvel 2016

Love for Wanda

In the film Captain America: Civil War that are some scenes with Vision and Wanda that makes you wonder if they are falling for each other. When we asked him what he thought about it, this is what he had to say.

“Yeah, I mean, I think you find vision in this movie on a sort of personal quest. You know, 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. In this movie you find him trying to be more human and wearing human clothes. The reason I think he’s doing that is he needs to — he’s kind of interested in working out how loyalty works. And I think that loyalty probably works through love. You know, 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?”

“But, 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. He and Wanda both share certain similarities. Which is why they don’t know the extent of their powers, and that’s terrifying. I mean, you’ve all got kids, right?  When children grow to understand where the walls are, they need boundaries and it’s frightening. You see it in every playground that you’re in with your own kids, when a parent hasn’t given their child boundaries. How mad children are when they think they own the whole world. Do you know what I mean? That they are absolutely at the center of it, and I think that Vision and Wanda are both struggling with that, and it’s kind of terrifying them. Vision working out what love is, is gonna to be very important moving forward, in terms of humanity. I think you use that step, with him being distracted and acting in a very non-logical way, and with aggression, and he calls this a massive hurt. He makes a mistake, and that’s interesting. Because that is the very double-edged sword of being human.”

Paul-Bettany enteringPhoto Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

After interviewing Paul Bettany and seeing him in Captain America: Civil War, I have fallen in love with his character Vision even more and can’t wait to see what happens in future films. There are so many questions and story lines. Will Vision go on Captain America side? Will he fall for Wanda? And so much more. Be sure to take the whole family to see Captain America: Civil War in theaters on 5/6/16.

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #CaptainAmericaEvent #JungleBook #ABCTVEvent #AdventuresInBabysitting #TheCatch and #TheFamily event.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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