The shippers for Vin Diesel playing the Vision in Marvel‘s future blockbuster Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron can now relax because Paul Bettany has been cast in the role. Formerly the voice of Iron Man’s automated sidiekick J.A.R.V.I.S., Bettany will get a chance to flex his muscles (or lack thereof) in green and yellow spandex. The true details of Tony Stark’s ace becoming too self-aware are sparse, but in the comics, the Vision was created by the psychotic Ultron. But with no Hank Pym around to invent the crazy robot, we’re all blaming Stark, which leads to Ultron creating Vision anyway. This really sounds confusing. Good thing our friends at Super Hero Hype sat down with Mr. Bettany to make some sense of all this!
While Comic Con was driving California girls away from California nerds, actor Paul Bettany hooked up for an interview at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel. He was apparently very careful about what he said, aiming to not let too much info leak out of his red, android face. So we’ve compiled a few highlights from the conversation:
When asked how he got the role:
“For a long while I discovered, having playing J.A.R.V.I.S., I wasn’t allowed to then play another character and Joss Whedon and I got on very well and he looked for a way to make that work and found it, though I can’t say what the relationship is between Vision and J.A.R.V.I.S.. Everything is a double-edged sword, I used to be in a studio for 45 minutes and do J.A.R.V.I.S. and get a huge bag of cash and go my way like a burglar, and now they want me to work for my money…”
When asked if he changed his J.A.R.V.I.S voice for a Vision voice:
“I can’t talk about that. It happens entirely naturally on set and those things are hard to analyze and there are absolute differences clearly.”
On his relationship with Scarlet Witch:
“Protective” like this?
Does he love to work with Joss Whedon?
“There’s a lot of dancing which goes on on set, which might be how he bust his leg. No time have I had a movie, except maybe with Peter Weir, where I felt certain someone had a better idea what I should be doing. You feel very safe – when he says ‘I think it should be more like this’ you go ‘I get it’ and even if I don’t you do it his way. And he’s incredibly relaxed and having the time of his life.”
Then he was asked if he ever thought comic book movies would blow up like this with Iron Man:
“I didn’t. I could lie, but I didn’t. I did it because it seemed like a fun idea at the time. I make astonishingly simple decisions, not in a zen way but simple-minded.”
He wouldn’t discuss whether he got to wear a big yellow cape, but did admit to a “fabulous” one. His costume is really cool but very hot to wear, and does indeed keep his density changing powers. Jet on over to SHH for the whole interview. It’s a major score to get this information because I had a lot of questions myself. Vision being a creation and an android gives the freedom to go all out. He can wear the outlandish costume producers are scared to put on modern day heroes not named Thor. He can act over-the-top superhero-y. Nothing has to make sense with this guy and I’m hoping they go all out with the character. They don’t have to hold back.
A few thoughts here. I read somewhere that Scarlet Witch is depicted as being a little cuckoo in the head. Sounds awesome because you have to have a screw or two loose to date an android, if they decided to take the characters in that direction. Neither of them are known outside of Planet Geekdom, but I’m thinking this movie’s Vision, Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver are going to propel comic book sales to Baker Mysta – one of Planet Geekdom’s moons. I personally never got into Vision until Amalgam comics paired him up against Martian Manhunter during the War Of The Two Brothers. Then they ignored all that and spliced him with DC’s Red Tornado, calling him Red Vision. This is where I stop myself because the nerd factor is spiking and I’m not even talking about Paul Bettany anymore…
Via – Super Hero Hype