Paul Bettany Exclusive Video Interview – INKHEART

     January 21, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

An actor whose work I really enjoy is Paul Bettany. While he’s not someone that’s incredibly famous, or has been in a ton of big movies, whenever I see him on screen I know he’ll deliver a solid performance. But if I had to pick one role that he really shines in…it’d be playing the curious Dr. in “Master and Commander”.

Anyway, the reason I’m going on about Paul Bettany is I recently got to speak with him, as he’s one of the leads in Warner Bros. fantasy adventure “Inkheart” – which opens this weekend at theaters everywhere. In the film, Paul plays one the character that’s been released from the book and he’s trying desperately to return home to see his family.

During our interview, we talked about how he got involved with the movie, we talked about “Master and Commander” and if there was ever any talk of doing a sequel, and of course I talked about “Iron Man”, as he’s the voice of Jarvis in Tony Stark’s home.

And because some of you might not be familiar with the story, here’s the synopsis. If you’d like to watch some clips from the movie, click here.

Based on the best-selling book by Cornelia Funke, “Inkheart” is a fantasy adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined.

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.

On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn’t heard for years, and when he locates the book they’re coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It’s Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures–a book he’s been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.

But Mo’s plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father’s gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life–the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family–some from the real world, some from the pages of books–and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

Paul Bettany

  • When I walked in – before the interview officially started – we were joking around about bad questions and dead journalists…..which leads us to the interview…

  • How did he get involved in the project

  • How important is location filming for him

  • Master and Commander talk – I ask if they was ever any talk of doing a sequel

  • How he came to be Jarvis in Iron Man – the voice of the house

  • Other projects he has coming up

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