Paul "Jarvis" Bettany Reveals Why Exactly He's Never Watched A Marvel Studios Movie

Paul "Jarvis" Bettany Reveals Why Exactly He's Never Watched A Marvel Studios Movie

Paul Bettany has become well-known to comic book fans for providing the voice of Jarvis, but his role in the Iron Man films is actually very, very small. Here he discusses what it's like to turn up for just a couple of hours to record his lines, being plagued by fans, and why he's never seen the movies.

In an interview with Digital Spy to promote his new film Blood, British actor Paul Bettany has reiterated just how small a role he plays in the Iron Man franchise. While his voice-over work as 'Jarvis' (Tony Stark's AI "butler" of sorts) has become beloved by fans, it may come as a surprise to some of you that he doesn't count himself among them. Below, he discusses just how easy a job it really is for him, making it clear that he knows nothing about the films because he's never sent the full screenplay (however, he was for Marvel's The Avengers - something he describes as "an anomaly"). Bettany also reveals that he's never watched one of the films. Why not? Well, don't worry guys - it's nothing personal..!

"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! And 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."


Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Rhodey/War Machine
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

RELEASE DATE: May 3rd, 2013.

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Filed Under "Iron Man" 10/16/2012 Source: Digital Spy
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Jollem - 10/16/2012, 7:04 AM
when i read the header i thought mr. bettany was going to face the wrath just like hugo :)

this doesn't seem like it should generate ire that much, tho :)
superotherside - 10/16/2012, 7:21 AM
Heh, I think if I was hired to do something for a movie, I'd at least watch it but it doesn't matter. He's the perfect voice for Marvel so that's fine. :)
thewonderer - 10/16/2012, 7:26 AM
Jarvis is a real human butler in the comics isnt he?
UltimaRex - 10/16/2012, 7:29 AM
Lol at the end. So CBM's are not Bettany's thing... Y'know what? Fair enough. We don't have to convert everyone lol.
Tainted87 - 10/16/2012, 7:33 AM
Hugo Weaving was a bit surprising - I mean I get that he's tired of being typecast as the villain in every movie he appears in, but damn. Still have a lot of love for the guy though.

Paul Bettany has always been a suave character. I'm hoping the Extremis evolves his program into a full AI, and he can be the Vision :)
sameoldthing - 10/16/2012, 7:34 AM
It would be cool if there was a picture in Starks home showing his father with a real life,human butler & Tony states that was the family butler Jarvis.

A nod to the comic book Jarvis who is indeed human & not a disembodied computer voice.
AC1 - 10/16/2012, 7:35 AM
@thewonderer your point being?
grampageezer - 10/16/2012, 7:36 AM
Wow, ANOTHER actor who believes Superhero films are silly and beneath them and only prostitutes himself for the paycheck. And why does it always seem to be British actors with this type of arrogance?
(Meaning no disrespect to Brits)
HavocPrime - 10/16/2012, 7:38 AM

Seriously man give it up will you, you sound more, and more bitter everyday.
Reasonnnn - 10/16/2012, 7:39 AM
@grampageezer He never said they're silly; he just doesn't feel like he was ever much involved and invested in the film to warrant a watch. Like he said, he feel like he robbed Marvel out of money by saying lines for two hours...never even got the whole script either in both Iron Man's and The Avengers.
marvel72 - 10/16/2012, 7:39 AM
@ acira

i believe he's trying to stir shit up again,like his "accurate" comment yesterday.
Dusk - 10/16/2012, 7:40 AM
@sameoldthing-good idea!
TheAbomination - 10/16/2012, 7:40 AM
Who knows. Maybe we'll get to see the real Jarvis make an appearance someday, either in the form of a flashback or an AI.
Inhuman - 10/16/2012, 7:44 AM
wow what a loser this guy is
SageMode - 10/16/2012, 7:47 AM
THEWONDERER is just bitter because Marvel is more comic book accurate than his beloved piece of shit Nolan Bat movies.
marvel72 - 10/16/2012, 7:49 AM
i'll never look at jennifer connely in the same way after the ending of requiem of a dream.
calin88 - 10/16/2012, 7:51 AM
wow, best job in the world
jimoakley666 - 10/16/2012, 7:55 AM
Bettany is [frick]ing Jennifer Connelly?!? He is truly, truly the luckiest mother [frick]er on the entire planet. That woman is the most perfect looking human being in existence.
thewonderer - 10/16/2012, 7:57 AM
Okay god people, I seriously didn't know.

I'm happy with this change, the comic version is way too similar to Batman
soberchimera - 10/16/2012, 8:00 AM
Kind of lame for him to brush off voice acting as unprofessional or easy. I'm sure Nolan North, Robin Atkin Downes, or Kevin Conroy would have something to say about that. And why pay a stage and film actor to do the voice of Jarvis anyway? There are tons of professional voice actors who know what they're doing and who are losing work because of buttholes like this.

Still looking forward to Iron Man 3 though!!
SageMode - 10/16/2012, 8:03 AM
Well, Johnny Depp has said he hasn't seen not one of his own movies. I wouldn't exactly call it an insult.
Hawksblueyes - 10/16/2012, 8:04 AM
tea: I don't think you could step away from that poor, poor sheep long enough to pay Jen any attention. ;P

They're married?! Well....that would drain most of the fun out of the entire situation right off the bat!
HelaGood - 10/16/2012, 8:05 AM
such a perfect voice for JARVIS
marvel72 - 10/16/2012, 8:07 AM
@ pux

because he's not that important of a character,of course i would love to see jarvis in the avengers maybe we'll see him in the avengers 2.

but i'm not gonna lose sleep over it if we don't.
soberchimera - 10/16/2012, 8:08 AM
When did this thread become about Jennifer Connelly? That being said anyone going to post a gif of the ass-to-ass scene from Requiem for a Dream?
ParisSun - 10/16/2012, 8:14 AM
Not mad it him for not being a comic book movie fan but I had the he downs the trade of voice acting. There are a lot of voice actors who put a lot into their craft and respect the trade. Now I wish Marvel would have went with an old voice over pros like Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill.

Not sure why all these actors need to come out and tell us they are above the material but are willing to cash the checks.
Hawksblueyes - 10/16/2012, 8:15 AM
LOL @ tea I'm doing good. I have a new job and I'm working afternoons into late evenings in my shop at home, so I have barely found time to check in but I still do every chance I get.

I had my appendix removed Saturday so I've been pain pilling my way through the last couple of days. Going back to work tomorrow, ready or not.

How the Hell have you been my friend?
RamonSuarez - 10/16/2012, 8:15 AM
Bettany can think whatever he wants about Marvel Studios but the dude made Priest.

Priest makes Iron Man look like the Godfather.
soberchimera - 10/16/2012, 8:17 AM
@HalloweenJack Thanks!!!
BackwardGalaxy - 10/16/2012, 8:17 AM
Well, points for being honest anyway.
Hawksblueyes - 10/16/2012, 8:18 AM
You too IM!
Logan5 - 10/16/2012, 8:24 AM

"..the monkey's out of the bottle, man." :P

Bettany is the man. A couple of friends of mine played a showcase at a club in NYC years ago and Paul and Jennifer were not only there, but my buddies got to meet and talk with them a bit after their set. They had nothing but kind words to say about them; shockingly down to earth. He sounds the same in this interview. I applaud the honesty.

Oh, & I agree, Jennifer Connelly is probably one of the most beautiful ladies out there & has been an all time crush for me.

spidey23435 - 10/16/2012, 8:26 AM
To be fair to Bettany in regards to downplaying voice acting I don't think he means all voice acting. Jarvis is meant to be emotionless, essentially monotone in the sense that he doesn't express any emotion. So in this case Bettany is literally just reading off the page no acting of any sort required. He even says that he is used to describe situations. I am sure he would have an appreciation for other voice acting I think he is specifically speaking of his experience on the Marvel movies.
SCURVYDOG619 - 10/16/2012, 8:29 AM
The day Jennifer Connelly decided to 'remodel her frontcourt' was one of the saddest days of my life...
breakUbatman - 10/16/2012, 8:44 AM
Why are people upset that he called it an easy pay check, it's not like he's straining his vocal chords to do it or doing pages and pages of dialogue. He's referring to this job in particular and not voice acting in general.

Why are people so bothered about whether actors read comics or watch these movies any way. It's not like it adds value to my viewing experience
thewonderer - 10/16/2012, 9:00 AM
Hugo Weaving doesnt like Red Skull


Bettany doesn't watch marvel movies

Users: What an ignorant prick, the least he could do is watch it. Good thing he's only a voice.

Hate to break it to you all, but I doubt RDJ even cares much about Tony Stark. Its a paycheck for him, as seen by the unfair amount of pay he got in comparison to the rest in Avengers. He didn't even need to do anything half the time (Iron Man suit CGI) whereas the other actors did
Moakynubs - 10/16/2012, 9:05 AM
If I did work on a movie I'd at least be curious enough to see the finished product. Man...
BlackFlash - 10/16/2012, 9:07 AM
@breakbatman - I have know idea why people are getting upset about this, he didn't say or do anything wrong. Several actors have said they haven't seen there own films and Chris Rock said the same damn thing at the Oscars about voiceover work.
VladMaximus - 10/16/2012, 9:12 AM
Its no Priest, but hey...
thewonderer - 10/16/2012, 9:18 AM

Than you tell me why he gets paid so much more than the rest of the actors FOR DOING less, MUCH LESS. Hes not even in the suit most of the time.

Its not even acting for RDJ, while the others do need to act. Hemsworth doesn't go around talking like Thor, and Evans has to play the confused and always just Cap. For RDJ its just him, yet he DEMANDS so much more than the rest.

I'm pretty sure RDJ got paid more than Sam Jackson, so don't bring up the "hes more popular" card. If not for Iron Man in 08 I'm pretty confident RDJ would've become nothingness.

Its not like Marvel wants to pay him more either, they're cheap, so of course he asks for it

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