Ever since Marvel launched its Cinematic Universe with Iron Man in 2008, millions upon millions of moviegoers have flocked to theaters, waiting with bated breath for the next adventure featuring the company’s heroes. The record-breaking success of The Avengers is testament enough to the kind of widespread fandom the films have inspired, from both fanboys and those unfamiliar with the comic book exploits of these characters.
However, word has landed that one of the film’s actors does not count himself among the Iron Man fanbase: Paul Bettany, the voice of Iron Man’s A.I. sidekick, Jarvis.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Bettany was asked about his involvement with the Marvel films. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’ve never seen one of them. It’s not because of any snobbishness, it’s just not my thing. I’m plagued by fanboys who love Jarvis… They come up and I’ve got no idea what they’re talking about. I’ve got no idea about Iron Man – I don’t get sent the whole script.”
Since Bettany’s role is limited strictly to his voice, it’s not entirely surprising to hear that he’s not as active with the films’ production as, say, Robert Downey Jr. In fact, Bettany confessed that the studio brings him in to record his lines during post-production, describing his involvement as “robbery.”
“I get brought in right at the last moment, where if they’ve worked out that they have a clarity issue or whatever, they can always add it to [my] dialogue. I feel like a pirate. This is robbery. I walk in, I say some lines on a piece of paper for two hours, and then they give me a bag of money and I leave and I go about my day. I sort of feel guilty, because at least acting can be exhausting, with long hours… but I do nothing!”
So while us fans are able to enjoy Bettany’s role as Stark’s computer/butler, it seems the actor has little interest in the comic book genre in general. This is, of course, a matter of taste, and one can’t help but admire Bettany’s candor regarding the films. The actor will once again voice Jarvis in next year’s Iron Man 3.
For fans, that film has the unenviable task of keeping the momentum going and kicking off Marvel’s “Phase Two,” culminating in the 2015 release of The Avengers 2. We’ve already gotten a look at the new Extremis suit that the hero will wear. However, courtesy of Comic Book Movie, we now have our first look at a stunning new piece of promotional artwork featuring the new suit.
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We’ve already reported on a potential spoiler regarding the technological upgrades Stark achieves in Iron Man 3, and the model number on this particular suit appears to confirm that (It’s not the “Mark 8,” it’s actually the “Mark 47″). That being said, it’s quite likely that the suit pictured is then featured in the film’s climax.
We’ll undoubtedly get a better idea of what to expect in writer/director Shane Black’s take on the franchise, when the film’s first trailer is released next week.
Are you excited to see the Extremis armor in the upcoming film? Or do you prefer one of Stark’s earlier designs? Let us know in the comments.
Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.