Iron Man's Paul Bettany admits he's never seen the films

Oct 17, 2012

'I say some lines, they give me a big bag of money, and I leave,' says English actor. 'It's just not my thing'

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PAUL BETTANY, the English actor who voices the computer Jarvis in the Iron Man films, and Hugo Weaving, the Australian voice of Megatron in Transformers, have both confessed they have never seen any of the movie franchises they feature in, or even read a full script.

"This is robbery," Bettany told Digital Spy. "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... I do nothing! And I've never seen one of them."

Bettany, who is reprising the role in Iron Man 3 next year, explained he knows so little about the role that when fans of Iron Man approach him he has 'no idea what they're talking about".

Perhaps realising he may have got himself into trouble with Marvel Studios, Bettany, who is married to American actress Jennifer Connelly, then added that his kids love the films and that it's "not because of any snobbishness" that he hasn't seen them - "it's just not my thing".

Snob or not, Bettany is being advised by Digital Spy readers that he should watch the Iron Man films – because they're so much better than some of his other efforts, such as LegionPriest and Wimbledon.

As movie fan Jacob Berman tweets: "The funny thing about Paul Bettany insulting his role in the Iron Man movies is that those are the rare times I've liked him in a role."

Bettany, 41, is not the only Hollywood actor who has admitted to putting in minimal effort when voicing a blockbuster franchise character.

The Guardian reports that Australian actor Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) did not prepare at all for his role as the voice of Megatron in the three Transformers films, because he found the job to be "meaningless".

'I just went in and did it," said Weaving, echoing Bettany. 'I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don't know what they mean."

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Acting is like any other's for the paycheck and there is absolutely nothing wrong with what Bettany said. All he meant was that he can't believe people pay him to say a few lines.