A man with a British Accent is always debonair. Paul Bettany with his accent took over the entire room and then some. We were all leaning forward to hear what joke he would crack next and his answers in our interview went from just chatting to serious and heartfelt. In fact he was just the same last year when I interviewed him and James Spader for Avengers 2. So make sure you check out that interview as well! Paul was a vision playing the vision in the film and as much as anyone does kind of tries to hold the cracking MCU together. So let’s get right into the interview:
Q: Can you start by sharing with us about the makeup process and the struggles with the heat?
Paul: Yeah, it was hot. You come out of your air-conditioned trailers in your costume and makeup, and everybody’s looking rather like superheroes and movie stars. Then in about not (even) 5 minutes later in 105 degrees Atlanta weather, you look a lot less like a movie star. Initially, everybody looks so great, and then you just see people kind of like, ugh. Both me and Chadwick (Boseman/Panther) had this special suit that goes on underneath. Which pumps ice cold water through it. Yes it is nice, isn’t it? If you can imagine — close your eyes and imagine being inside a gin and tonic. It feels exactly like that.
Then we talked about Vision’s struggle now vs. him being “born” in Ultron and how he is trying to find his place within The Avengers.
Paul: I think you find Vision in this movie on a sort of 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. I think in this movie you find him trying to be more human. 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 is he’s kind of interested in working out how loyalty works. 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, 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 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. It’s frightening. You see it in every playground that you’re in with your own kids when a hasn’t given their child boundaries. How mad children are when they think they own the whole world. Do you know what I mean? They are absolutely at the center of it. So I think that they’re both struggling with that, and it’s kind of terrifying them. Vision working out what love is will be very important moving forward in terms of humanity.
Q: Now that you are also directing, is it helpful to you as an actor?
Paul: Yeah. I think more actors should do it. It really gives you much more of a respect for the directors that you work with. 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. Your day is just filled with a thousand questions. 99% of which are what color do you want the red shoes to be? What? And then 1% of them being absolutely are ones of the triple questions that are gonna make you old. So, it’s given me a lot more. It’s been amazing. I loved doing it and (I)will do it again. I’ll do a comedy next time.
Q: How do your kids feel about having a superhero in the house now?
Paul: 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 entirely who it was. 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. She went, I want purple daddy!! Which, as I’m sure you can all imagine, was a little depressing.
Q: How much of you look was a costume, makeup, and CGI?
Paul: It’s mostly costume and makeup. Then there’s some sort of circuitry; I don’t know how to describe it. The makeup starts from under my eyes and goes all the way to here. (he pointed to his lower face)…and then goes all the way under. There’s this much of my body out in the open. What the CGI does is continue the lines and circuitry into my eyes…
Q: So, they weren’t contacts?
Paul: No, there were no contacts. They stopped short of that. They think we’re punishing him enough then put contacts on him. Poor bastard’s in spanx and a muscle suit. How about let’s give him some contact lenses?
Q: How many hours did it take for full costume?
Paul: Two and a quarter hours. Initially, the makeup was somewhere between and hour and a half and 2 hours when everybody’s rusty and they’re starting off again. Then they quickly get it down to about an hour. Which is frankly amazing for the transformation that that they achieve and then the costume is about 45 minutes. So, you really have to plan how you’re hydrating yourself because that’s a 45 minute reset when you need a break.
Q: What was it like being the voice of Jarvis for all those movies and then finally becoming a character?
Paul: 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 Spanx. 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 it’s like coming back to a family. It’s lovely.
Q: Can you put to rest any of the rumors about playing Bond?
Paul: It’s an impossible question. But it’s very flattering that there’s this talk, however, I can’t confirm or deny.
I adore Paul Bettany and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Vision in the upcoming Inifinty Wars in the MCU, but I can also say I would LOVE to see him as the next Bond. Wouldn’t we all? Until then, let’s see more about Captain America Civil War:
Captain America: CIVIL WAR
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.
***Disclosure: I’ll be attending the #CaptainAmericaEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***