While making the late night show rounds for Transcendence, Paul Bettany stopped by Jimmy Kimmel for a chat. There’s the usual banter and movie talk, but then Kimmel asked Bettany about his role as the Vision in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Bettany has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception in the first Iron Man movie as the voice of Tony Stark’s computer butler, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System).
A couple of months ago rumors started flying around the Internet water cooler about Bettany’s role taking on a more physical aspect in the Avengers sequel. Now we get to hear about it from the man himself. Well, hear what he feels he can say without a Marvel Watchdog sniper aiming at him or the Marvel powers that be activating the Marvel-Self-Destruct chip that all actors must have injected into the back of their neck after signing their contract.
You can skip to the 1:15 mark if you just want to hear about the Vision stuff.
For those of you that don’t like watching video on that small phone screen:
When asked about the Vision’s powers Bettany said:
Oh I can do all sorts of things, but I’m not allowed to really talk about them and what we’re going to do because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me.
Then he pointed out that even landing a choice role like the Vision has its drawbacks:
It’s very exciting for me, but everything is a double edged sword, right? Because I was playing J.A.R.V.I.S. for years and my job was I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, and then they would give ma huge bag of cash and then I’d go home. Now it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually do something!
It’s a natural move for the character of J.A.R.V.I.S. and Bettany is perfect for the role. Will the Vision be smitten by the Scarlet Witch, and vice-verse, in the movies?
Director Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production and scheduled to hit theater screens May 1st, 2015.