My mention of A Knight’s Tale in last week’s post made me realize we haven’t featured Paul Bettany yet for our Man Candy Monday spotlight. So, here he is! Enjoy!
Paul Bettany plays William of Orange, in whose employ Richard Sharpe finds himself.
Based on a 1979 play of the same name, the film deals with homosexuality in late-1930s Berlin after the Nazi takeover. Paul Bettany’s role is relatively small.
The Land Girls (1998)
Paul Bettany plays the love interest of one of the three central female characters who meet after joining the Women’s Land Army in World War Two.
Coming Home (1998)
Paul Bettany plays Edward Carey-Lewis, the ill-fated brother of the central character Loveday.
David Copperfield (2000)
Paul Bettany plays James Steerforth, the friend of David Copperfield who ends up causing a scandal with tragic consequences.
Paul Bettany plays Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the only characters I actually really enjoyed in this flick without any qualifications.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Paul Bettany plays John Nash’s college roommate.
A love triangle between two sisters in a poshy interwar drama. Paul Bettany plays the husband of Olivia William’s character who falls in love with her free spirited Bohemian sister, played by Helena Bonham Carter.
The Reckoning (2002)
Paul Bettany plays a priest who gets wrapped up in the aftermath of a murdered young boy. It sounds a lot like the same territory The Advocate covered, except, unlike the older movie, it got mediocre reviews.
Paul Bettany’s character, Tom, sounds like a right asshole. And allegedly, the experience of filming with Lars von Trier was nothing short of shitty. I’m not sure if it’s worth the watch or not, so if you’ve seen it, weigh in in the comments!
Paul Bettany is the ship’s doctor, frustrated naturalist, and best friend of Captain Aubrey.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Paul Bettany plays an abusive father to a willful teenage girl living in rural South Carolina in the mid-1960s.
The “young and dreamy” take on Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first Prime Minister and sort-of father figure.
Paul Bettany is Charles Darwin in this biopic, staring opposite Jennifer Connolly.
One of these days I’ll get around to reviewing this surprisingly enjoyable (and thoroughly effed up) film, in which Tom Hardy plays dual roles as Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Paul Bettany has an uncredited role as Charlie Richardson, the leader of a rival gang operating in the same area of London as the Kray twins.
Journey’s End (2017)
WWI drama about life in the trenches at the front line, based on the play written by R.C. Sherriff.
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role played by Paul Bettany?