Emilia Clarke & Paul Bettany Interview - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Paul Bettany is an English actor. Although he has become most known for being the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. and as Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bettany has had a lengthy career portraying a versatile range of characters. He is a frequent collaborator with director Ron Howard, having appeared in A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Emilia Clarke is an English actress, who is most famously known in her breakout role as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game of Thrones.  She is also known for her starring role of Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys. Both actors can be seen in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which premieres in theaters on May 25, 2018.

Screen Rant got a chance to chat with Paul Bettany and Emilia Clarke on Press Day, where we discussed the secretive nature of the Star Wars set, what it takes to make a memorable Star Wars character, and how Paul Bettany got involved in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

SR: Guys, this movie is so much fun. You don’t know who to trust. I don’t even know if I can trust you guys right now.

Paul Bettany: You can’t.

SR: Just kidding. But you guys are no strangers to secretive productions with Avengers and Game of Thrones. How does Star Wars compare to that?

Paul Bettany: Pretty secretive.

Emilia Clarke: Pretty secretive. I mean, yeah. It pretty much gets to a point where you are like don’t say anything ever and then you are safe. You know what I mean?

Paul Bettany: Yeah. Don’t say a word.

Emilia Clarke: 'Cause don’t say anything. Don’t speak. They might know what they are saying.

Paul Bettany: Because where do snitches end up?

Emilia Clarke: Ditches with stitches, baby!

SR: [laughs] That’s a true story.

Emilia Clarke: There you go.

Solo A Star Wars Story - Emilia Clarke as Qira

SR: Now, with your own research, you  guys are new characters in the Star Wars canon. What do you think it takes to make a memorable Star Wars character?

Emilia Clarke: Oof.

Paul Bettany: Wow. I don’t know.

Emilia Clarke: I mean, hopefully whatever we did.

SR: You definitely did for sure.

Emilia Clarke: Oh, good! Excellent!

Paul Bettany: That’s great. That’s brilliant.

Emilia Clarke: Well, then what we did then.

Paul Bettany: What we did exactly.

SR: Now Paul this isn’t a role that we are used to seeing you in. So, what was it about the story that really intrigued you about this character and Han Solo in general?

Paul Bettany: Well, it’s Star Wars. It’s Star Wars and I heard my old mate Ron was taking over Star Wars and I thought I am never going to get to be in this Star Wars movie because I’m in the Avengers. And I thought this is my moment.

Emilia Clarke: It’s a perfect moment for you. Yeah.

Paul Bettany: To really hit my perfect moment. So I texted him and I was like, “Hey, Ron. Have you ever wondered like I have why I’m not in the Star Wars franchise?” And he was like, “Lol. I’ll get back to you.” And in two weeks I was on set.

SR: Really?

Paul Bettany: It’s a true story.

Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos in Solo A Star Wars Story

SR: Look at that. Look at that. Now Star Wars has so many strong female characters, especially recently in the new trilogy and these anthology stories. Where would you like to see Q’ira go next?

Emilia Clarke: Ooo. Some place warm. [laughs] Um, where would I like to see her go next? It’s difficult to say what with spoilers and everything so, without giving too much away, I think I would like to see her again.

SR: Just somewhere down the line.

Emilia Clarke: When will I see you again? Yeah. Just some, yes, I would like to see her. Yeah. I think there is some unfinished business.

SR: And such an intriguing story as well.

Emilia Clarke: Yeah.

SR: It’s cool. Can you guys talk to me about the camaraderie on set because the one thing about this movie is that the chemistry is off the chain. It’s crazy. Everybody has such great chemistry in this film. Talk to me about the bonding experience with your castmates.

Paul Bettany: No one liked each other in the movie.

Emilia Clarke: Hated each other. Really fervently.

Paul Bettany: Yeah. They weren’t really interesting.

Emilia Clarke: I had to keep you and Woody away from each other.

Paul Bettany: I can’t bear him. I don’t believe in chemistry. I have done scenes where people have said, “The chemistry…” and the other person wasn’t there because they couldn’t fit it and it was an X on a flag or whatever, so I never believe in that conversation. I think it’s something people say, that producers like to talk about because they feel like they’ve got some control. “Did they have good chemistry together.” Oh, shut up.

Emilia Clarke: But we do all get on. When we are hanging out on the red carpet, we’re having a giggle.

Paul Bettany: No, we do get on. I think that is something quite separate.

Emilia Clarke: As human beings, as people you are chilling in a makeup trailer with, we all get on. There aren’t any arseholes in our cast. So, we all got on.

Paul Bettany: They are not arseholes. And we are the crossword king and queen.

Emilia Clarke: We are the crossword king and queen. I mean, yeah. Quite exceptional. Really good. He’s a smart one.

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Key Release Dates
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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