Five Favorite Films with Paul Bettany

Summary

From vengeance-obsessed priests to tennis pros, from English naturalists to sentient computers, Paul Bettany has played a wide range of characters in his big-screen career. In his latest, Margin Call, Bettany plays a high-rolling investment banker whose company is on the verge of collapse -- an internal crisis that just might take the whole economy down with it. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Bettany shared his favorite films, and also discussed Occupy Wall Street, why he (sort of) empathizes with bankers, and the difference between busking and filmmaking. Back to Article

Comments

max w.

max whipple

I really like Bettany, and I think his best role came in Master and Commander with Russel Crowe. One of my all-time favorite films.

Oct 21 - 01:14 AM

Jonny B.

Jonny Bakes

If Master and Commander is your all time favorite youre a fucking idiot

Oct 21 - 09:40 AM

the_wattage

Steve Watts

Somewhat rude there Jonny.

Oct 21 - 10:43 AM

Nathan S.

Nathan Sellers

Um, everyone is entitled to their opinion buddy.

Oct 21 - 11:08 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

M&C was fantastic. You have shit taste

Oct 21 - 11:12 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, "Master and Commander" is the opposite of "Pirates of the Caribean" films which is like a Alexander Kent novel. If you don't like Patrick O'Brian novels than you're obviously not a fan of Alexander Kent either! And they're alot of films that're similar to it, like "Mutiny & The Bounty", "The Bounty" and "Billy Budd"!

Oct 21 - 02:12 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

What's wrong with Master and Commander?

Oct 21 - 03:05 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

wow you're an ass lol

Oct 21 - 04:06 PM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

He said ONE of his favorite movies and as far as I'm concerned he could have picked weaker movies than Master and Commander. It's a really SOLID film.

Oct 22 - 05:05 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Johnny B. Shit

Oct 25 - 10:06 AM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

lol Johnny B lets calm down buddy

Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Loved him as Chaucer in A Knights Tale. He totally stole every scene he was in. I'd like to see him do more comedy even though I actually liked Priest.

Oct 21 - 05:01 AM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Agreed on 1st sentence

Oct 25 - 10:06 AM

thedownstar

ryan brown

Good List; I do however take exception with his claim about "Raging Bull," I think that the mystique and mythos cast a wider shadow than the actual movie does. There really isn't a story there, just really well-done scenes, the transitions from scenes are too random (the viewer has no sense of time/place), and towards the end, it's hard to remember why we're still engaged in watching his downfall. I digress.

Oct 21 - 05:59 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Right. No story. No evolution of character at all, huh? Boo.

Oct 21 - 02:09 PM

thedownstar

ryan brown

never said there wasn't an evolution of character; that is the film's saving grace I believe, but I stand by the lack of coherent story. Characters come and go without any lasting effect. My thought is that people equate "Raging Bull" as this flawless work because of how highly it's regarded, yet despite the acting and some truly great scenes, it's hardly perfect.

Oct 21 - 05:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

While I certainly don't agree about the "lasting effects", Scorsese (and Thelma Schoonmaker) has a very raw editing style that sometimes is confused for being sloppy. It can also have a vivid, electrifying effect. It should be remembered that "Bull" is 20 years before Tony Scott made his pseudo-epileptic style his default editing mode.

Oct 23 - 07:38 PM

Cold P.

Cold Pillow

Blasphemy. I never lost my "sense of time and place". Maybe you have a tumor?

Oct 21 - 02:18 PM

Thysus

Matt Harris

Raging Bull is as perfect a film as has ever been made.

Oct 21 - 11:17 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

I'm a fan of 1-3, never seen 4, and call me a Scrooge, but I just don't care for It's a Wonderful Life, never have. I can understand, I suppose, why it is so beloved, but it's just not my cup of tea. "ShuShu's Petalsh! Shushu's Petalsh!" Errggh. Jimmy Stewart seriously annoyed me in that movie, though I will say it's hysterical when he goes apeshit on his family. I'd like to see Cage reinact that scene.

Oct 21 - 06:07 AM

nate2709

Nate 2709

I've never cared for Wonderful Life either, but In the Name of the Father, Raging Bull and Brief Encounter are all great, too bad Bettany couldn't convert some of that good taste in films into good taste in scripts.

Oct 21 - 11:25 AM

Dave J

Dave J

When the film first came out, alot of critics didn't care for "It's A Wonderful Life" either because they couldn't get all the subtle messages and they're many, from teachers allowing kids to walk home not properly dressed to keeping a incriminating secret- something I could relate to alot since I actually have a recorded video tape that can possibly destroy a marriage (bought it by chance at a used sale), but chose to keep it underwraps! They're so many messages it's almost a social commentary film! In my opinion, "It's A Wonderful Life" is perceived as a director's film!

Oct 21 - 02:32 PM

GustavoHR

Gustavo H. Razera

I'm not an IWL fan either.

Oct 23 - 04:52 AM

redrooster0

Charlie Voelker

I can't accept that someone hasn't heard of It's a Wonderful Life, it's not possible.

Oct 21 - 07:00 AM

sankat m.

sankat m

Seen all except "prick up your ears"... actually never heard of it.
the rest of the 4 movies are awesome...

Bettany has got taste of the movies he watches but not the one in which he acts...

will see "prick up your ears" asap.

Oct 21 - 07:46 AM

Jonny B.

Jonny Bakes

If Master and Commander is your all time favorite youre a fucking idiot

Oct 21 - 09:40 AM

the_wattage

Steve Watts

Somewhat rude there Jonny.

Oct 21 - 10:43 AM

Nathan S.

Nathan Sellers

Um, everyone is entitled to their opinion buddy.

Oct 21 - 11:08 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

M&C was fantastic. You have shit taste

Oct 21 - 11:12 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, "Master and Commander" is the opposite of "Pirates of the Caribean" films which is like a Alexander Kent novel. If you don't like Patrick O'Brian novels than you're obviously not a fan of Alexander Kent either! And they're alot of films that're similar to it, like "Mutiny & The Bounty", "The Bounty" and "Billy Budd"!

Oct 21 - 02:12 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

What's wrong with Master and Commander?

Oct 21 - 03:05 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

wow you're an ass lol

Oct 21 - 04:06 PM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

He said ONE of his favorite movies and as far as I'm concerned he could have picked weaker movies than Master and Commander. It's a really SOLID film.

Oct 22 - 05:05 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Johnny B. Shit

Oct 25 - 10:06 AM

MAMOVIES

Matheus Cassiano

I hate when people say solid.

Oct 21 - 09:51 AM

the_wattage

Steve Watts

Mushy list, then.

Oct 21 - 10:37 AM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Solid list bro

Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

Mr. Hulot

Thierry Cervantes

Why?

Oct 21 - 09:04 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Solid

Oct 25 - 10:04 AM

the_wattage

Steve Watts

Mushy list, then.

Oct 21 - 10:37 AM

the_wattage

Steve Watts

Somewhat rude there Jonny.

Oct 21 - 10:43 AM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

lol Johnny B lets calm down buddy

Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Solid list bro

Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Horrible Bosses was actually pretty funny...

Oct 21 - 10:48 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Agree, I'm not one to use the flawed argument of "he didn't like this, so his opinion is invalid," but if you're going to use it, I would think you should at least pick a movie that was almost universally reviled, like Trannys 2 or something. Many critics praised Horrible Bosses, and it's certified fresh.

Oct 21 - 12:34 PM

Lex S.

Lex Stollman

You never saw Raging Bull?!

Oct 21 - 10:54 AM

Nathan S.

Nathan Sellers

Um, everyone is entitled to their opinion buddy.

Oct 21 - 11:08 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

M&C was fantastic. You have shit taste

Oct 21 - 11:12 AM

Emerald1234S

Stephen Murphy

Brief Encounter is one of the best films ever. Great choice

Oct 21 - 11:21 AM

nate2709

Nate 2709

I've never cared for Wonderful Life either, but In the Name of the Father, Raging Bull and Brief Encounter are all great, too bad Bettany couldn't convert some of that good taste in films into good taste in scripts.

Oct 21 - 11:25 AM

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