Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An Exclusive Solo: A Star Wars interview with Paul Bettany “Dryden Vos” #HanSoloEven #HanSolo

****Disney is providing an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event, all opinions are 100% my own ****

In a galaxy far, far away… we had the chance to meet up with the newest Star Wars villain Dryden Vos… Ok really it was in the US not that far away in LA when we met up with Solo: A Star Wars Story star, Paul Bettany who portrays said baddie with such flair and believably. The amazing actor is also known for his many movies, including A Beautiful mind and The Davinci Code and he is well known for his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. and as Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 24 great bloggers and I got the chance to sit down and chat with Paul, to see how Star Wars changed his world, and see how hard it is to jump from being a superhero to a being a villain and much more... read on to learn more!
Q:  You said before the Star Wars changed your world as a child.  Was there a moment for you on set when you kind of went, oh, my gosh, I’m in a Star Wars movie?

Paul Bettany:     Yeah, there were many moments where I went, oh, my gosh, I’m in a Star Wars movie.  And I think because Ron and I were, newcomers on the block as it were.  Everyone else had been in there for eight months or whatever.  And we were still totally un-jaded by it.  And I kept elbowing him and saying, were making a Star Wars movie.  We’re making a Star Wars movie.  And my first day in fact, was on my starship. I have a starship and I was coming down the spiral staircase and a super chic asymmetric cloak I think you probably all noticed.  And an R2 unit went by me with champagne flutes on and I went, f-, I’m in Star Wars! And that was amazing.

Q:  How did you become involved in the project?

PB:  This is a hugely embarrassing story which I shouldn’t tell you but I’ve got to tell you anyway.  I heard that my old mate, Ron, was doing it and in 1977 I saw Star Wars, right.  I was six years old and it took me out of the gray, miserable 1970’s London.  London was really depressed in the ‘70s, by the way.  So, it was just to be taken away to that universe and it was amazing. Suddenly, but now I’m in the Avengers so I think there’s no way I’m ever going to be asked to be in Star Wars.  Unless Ron Howard becomes the director.  And that happened.  I literally texted him this, I said, I said, hey, Ron, have you ever spent long winter evenings, like I have wondering why you’re not in the Star Wars franchise? That’s a true story.  And he said, you know, give me a moment.  And, LOL, give me a moment.  And two weeks later I was flying to London to shoot it. True story…if you don’t ask… 

Q:  Can you talk to us about the makeup application because it was so eerie!

PB:  There was none.  No, there was none.  It’s all CG.  Yeah, the thumb as well, yeah, all CG.  Except in one scene, the thumb was, in one three shoot, but the thumb was an afterthought.  And the makeup was all post. It’s amazing what they can do nowadays, isn’t it?  I also can’t make my eyes bleed.  That’s another thing I failed at.
Q:  Is it hard jumping from being a superhero to a villain?

PB:  No.  I know Vision very well.  I should also say that Kathleen Kennedy made it okay for me to cross-pollinate.  And so, did Kevin Feige who is a huge fan who I have been emailing with recently, too, you know, like, talking about the massive success of the film.  And he’s like, forget about that, what about your new trailer is amazing. He’s such a huge Star Wars fan.  And but there were times when literally, the makeup crew on Star Wars were finding bits of purple still on me from playing Vision.  Can I tell you, the amount of work it takes to get that stuff off… 
Q: How does it feel to be in two of the biggest movies hitting the summer into different universes?

PB: It feels pretty great.  It’s like the moment in Arthur where the florist says, hey, you’re the millionaire, right?  And he goes, yes.  And he goes what’s it feel like to have all that money?  And he says, he feels pretty great.  The next stupid question.  It feels really good and it feels a lot better than--, look, it’s very nice going around the world selling something that people want to buy.  I’ve done both.  And this is much nicer feeling than the other. 
Q:  How do you feel your character ranks with all the other Star Wars villains?

PB:  I think I’m the best!!  How can I answer that question elegantly?  That’s for you to answer.  How do you think I rank?  I can’t answer that question myself.

Q:   Do your kids think its cooler that you are in Avengers or Star Wars? They need to pick a side.

PB:   Oh, man, I think its right down the middle for them… Avengers have kept us all in shoes…I don’t know.  We’re really feeling how privileged and blessed we all are, at the moment.  And it’s been an amazing ride…They’re really aware of their privilege, really because I’m not willing to raise one of those children.  I want them to know how rare this situation is and to prepare them for a life in which they can hopefully, give back in a way that we’ve all received.  
Paul Bettnay was such a gentleman, even offering his seat to a fellow blogger who was injured, saying she needed the seat more than he did. Paul seemed like a down to earth person, who made his friends and family #1 over all other things. When he spoke about his children his eyes lit up and you could really tell how important they are to him. 

So important that he wanted them to know how blessed they are to live the lifestyle they live, and to be sure that they do not take luxury for granted when they travel, they travel in coach! Yes, coach class! Paul told us that many a time he would wake up from a nap drooling and someone was there taking a picture of him, or wanting a picture with him… it was pretty funny! Remember when traveling you just never know Paul Bettany just may be in coach with you, keep your eyes peeled!
Solo: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters this Memorial Day weekend, May 25th, 2018. I will have a bunch of great interviews with the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story to share with you soon, including exclusive chats with: Woody Harrelson “Tobias Beckett”, Joonas Suotamo “Chewbacca”, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge “L3-37” be sure to stay tuned!

Like Star Wars on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starwarsmovies/
Follow Star Wars on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars
Follow Star Wars on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starwars/
Visit the official Solo: A Star Wars Story site: http://www.starwars.com/films/solo
Follow Paul Bettany on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paul_Bettany
Follow Paul Bettany on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulbettany/
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters everywhere on May 25th!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising.

1 comment:

Emily Benzing said...

I think it's awesome Paul is in both the MCU and Star Wars. That would be a dream of mine. Great interview!

Post a Comment

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions, . No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This is a unofficial fan site that is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Disney theme parks.