Paul Bettany is a household name these days, thanks to his casting as Vision (and the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S.) in the Marvel Cintematic Universe. But he’s been entertaining audiences for decades before that. The star of stage and screen has an entertaining body of work, so check out the filmography of Paul Bettany
10. Journey’s End
Character: Lieutenant Osborne
A young officer with deteriorating mental health must keep his men’s spirits up in an Aisne dugout in World War I. Bettany plays Lt. Osborne, one of the men simply waiting for the inevitable end.
9. Manhunt: Unabomber
Character: Ted Kaczynski
Bettany plays real-life serial bomber Theodore Kaczynski in this awesome 2017 TV miniseries. It’s amazing how much FBI bureaucracy they had to fight through to locate, stop, and apprehend this man.
God hates us and sends angels to purge humanity in this 2010 apocalypse horror film. The only “person” who can help is the archangel Michael (Bettany) who believes the unborn baby of a pregnant waitress is humanity’s last hope.
7. The Da Vinci Code
Bettany landed a part in this 2006 mystery thriller as an albino Catholic monk in hot pursuit of the Holy Grail. His murder of the Louvre’s curator is what gets Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) involved in the first place. And he’s willing to punish himself with however many lashes it takes to atone for his mistakes.
Character: Peter Colt
A romantic comedy centered around the biggest tennis event of the year pairs Bettany with Kirsten Dunst. He plays a disillusioned tennis pro who finds himself competing in Wimbledon as a wild card. He joins and meets an American woman who changes his perspective.
5. Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)
This 2001 British comedy (not to be confused with gangster flick Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) finds Bettany teaming with Stellan Skarsgard and Chris Penn in a film about a hit-man looking to quit the business.
Character: Max Waters
When Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) performs controversial experiments with sentient A.I., he’s killed by extremists and becomes a ghost in the machine. His best friend Max (Bettany) joins his wife (Rebecca Hall) in trying to talk him down as he slowly becomes omnipresent.
This 2011 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk movie has Bettany playing a legendary warrior priest fighting legions of vampires. He tried his best to live in peace, but when they stole his niece, it was time to start killing vamps and taking names.
2. Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bettany starts in the MCU as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) voice-activated digital assistant. Ultron wasn’t satisfied with the technology and built Vision from synthetic vibranium and the Mind Stone. He’s sadly underutilized as a superhero, though that’ll hopefully change with WandaVision.
1. A Knight’s Tale
Character: Geoffrey Chaucer
This 2001 medieval adventure musical comediy sounds like a bit much, but it actually works. Bettany, Heath Ledger, Alan Tudyk, and Shannyn Sossamon roam the countryside to a classic rock track. Everyone is fantastic, but Bettany’s writer is a standout in the crowd.