When reading the above headline, you might momentarily have been confused. “Wait, Paul Bettany isn’t in The Avengers,” you might have thought. But you’d have been wrong.
Bettany voices the computer programme known as JARVIS, a role he also played in the two Iron Man movies. Although according to Bettany, he occasionally struggles to remember that fact himself.
“I forgot I was in Iron Man,” reveals the British star. “Someone said, 'I loved you in Iron Man'. I said, 'You've got me mixed up with someone else.' I forgot I did the voice because it was only 30 minutes in a recording studio laughing my arse off!”
And as for his work on The Avengers, Bettany isn’t afraid to admit that it was the easiest money he’d ever made.
“I have no input with [The Avengers] other than spending half an hour sitting in a studio doing the voiceover,” he explains. “It's the best job I've ever had. I say the lines and they pay me money.”
A refreshingly honest take on one of the most hyped movies of the year, there. You can listen to Bettany’s dulcet tones when the film arrives in UK cinemas on 27 April 2012.
Did you realise Bettany was part of The Avengers' impressive ensemble? If so, well done you. There's no prize.