In a recent interview, Avengers: Age of Ultron actor Paul Bettany talks about his filming as the newest Avenger recruit, The Vision. Not only does this hilarious actor give us some insight into the relationship between the Vision, Ultron, and Scarlet Witch, he also talks about some rather blush-worthy moments about what it's like to film scenes as a flying, levitating superhero with wires.
What interested you about The Vision when you heard about the character and got a chance to look at the history?
Well, I've got to say that the greatest thing about this job for me is that however much research I could do, I would never know as much about Vision and the world as [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon. So it's really nice to sort of acquiesce all responsibility of that to those guys. The thing that appealed to me was this sort of nascent creature being born and being both sort of omnipotent and totally naïve. And the danger of that and the sort of complex nature of somebody, of a thing being born that is that powerful and that fully created in a second. And the choices that he makes morally, I think, are really complex and interesting. They've really managed to maintain all of that. The bit I love, the famous image of him crying is, I think, really expressed kind of beautifully in this Avengers.
What's Vision's relationship like with Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch?
[Long pause] Protective.
How do the rest of the Avengers feel having Vision around?
Incredibly jealous! [Laughs] It's just been, like I said, a really lovely working experience. I think there's a lot of, initially in the plot, as it were, a lot of distrust, and that has to be navigated by The Vision, and he does it in a quite extraordinarily shocking way. He gains their trust in a real -- it will be -- it's a real roof-raiser of a moment. Everybody will flip.
He levitates a bit. Did you have to do wirework for those scenes?
Yeah. Have you ever been hung up in the air by your genitals? I have. It's great! There's a lot of wirework, and I enjoy it -- he said on the back of talking about his genitals. But no, they make it as comfortable as they can possibly make it, which is really uncomfortable. But it's as hard as doing something really uncomfortable for a lot of money: it's fine. And the results are so like, 'Wow, that's so cool!' It's all okay. It's another layer of the harness, to my mind, forget my genitals for a second -- I know that you were thinking about them -- for me, the problem is it's another layer of clothing that I have to wear.
Can you talk a little bit about what James Spader brings to the character of Ultron?
We have a scene, and it was the first scene that we shot together toward the end of the movie, and it was just -- even though you're talking in these very farfetched ideas, he managed to find something that was very human about the relationship that was happening between his character and my character. And it was really amazing -- you look into his eyes: he's there working. You look into his eyes, and it doesn't matter what he's talking about, you believe him. And he believed me, and it was really a great little scene to work on. And he was just so present which is difficult when you're in a fractal suit. And he's just got very arresting eyes, and you believe everything he says.
I'm very intrigued by his answer to his relationship with Scarlet Witch. For those unaware about the comics, The Vision and Scarlet Witch get married (which would be a very cool conclusion to the movie, or plot fun for [The Avengers 3](movie:738027) if they decide to use it). Also, the creator and creation dynamic between the Vision & Ultron could be quite interesting as well. I cannot wait to see how this plays out on big screen!
[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) hits theaters next summer on May 1st, 2015.