We have been speculating about the role Paul Bettany will play in Avengers: Age of Ultron ever since we knew there was going to be in Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Check out this old post speculating that JARVIS could become Ultron. How young we were, how innocent.) The earliest hint that he could play Vision was in August of last year. Variety called it confirmed back in February. On Friday, the actor confirmed it himself.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bettany, who currently voices Tony Stark’s computer, said he was making the jump from JARVIS to an actual appearance onscreen as Vision.
"It's very exciting for me, but everything is a double edged sword, right? Because I was playing JARVIS 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 me a 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!"
Bettany said the filmmakers “pick and choose” which of Vision’s comic book powers he will have on screen.
"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."
I am so onboard with Bettany doing anything in any movie ever. The thing that’s great about him is even when he is in a terrible movie (and he has made some really terrible movies), he reads every line like it’s Shakespeare. He is going to be so fun to watch kicking it with the Avengers. Can you imagine the face to face snark battle with Iron Man? I cannot wait. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Hat tip: Dark Horizons