May 16, 2001 |
Paul Bettany gives a cheeky performance as England's great writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the action-adventure "A Knight's Tale, " which opened Friday. Better make that a "revealing" performance, since Bettany is buck naked for his rather lengthy introductory scene. "All together it represents five days of nudity," Bettany says rather sheepishly, adding that nude scenes are "just not fun. It's sort of humiliating and you feel very vulnerable."
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
July 12, 2002 |
Taut, corrosive and compelling, "Gangster No. 1" has the galvanic appeal of "Little Caesar" and "Scarface" in its full-sized portrait of a brilliant but twisted and savage criminal. Never identified by name, he is played in his youth by Paul Bettany and in middle age by Malcolm McDowell. The two actors blend in depicting a man with no limits in slaking his lust for power and without equal in the London underworld in his use of cunning to achieve his ends.
March 5, 2004 |
In the medieval thriller "The Reckoning," the young English actor Paul Bettany plays a priest on the lam. Caught with his vestments around his ankles, Bettany's Nicholas has fled his old parish life for the secular road, the law in hot pursuit. Not long afterward, he stumbles on an acting troupe that grudgingly welcomes him into their company.
April 11, 2014 |
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For 10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
July 15, 2009 |
Real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany will kick off the Toronto International Film Festival with the life story of Charles Darwin. Bettany stars as the theory-of-evolution pioneer and Connelly plays his wife in "Creation," which opens the festival Sept. 10. The film is directed by Jon Amiel, whose credits include "The Core" and "Entrapment." Other films announced by festival organizers include Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh's whistle-blower saga "The Informant"; Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey's fantasy comedy "The Invention of Lying"; Clive Owen's widower drama "The Boys Are Back"; Michael Douglas' womanizer tale "Solitary Man"; Neil Jordan and Colin Farrell's Irish fairy tale "Ondine"; Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek's Depression-era drama "Get Low"; and Tim Blake Nelson's comic story "Leaves of Grass," with Edward Norton in dual roles as twin brothers.