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Paul Bettany

  1. Sandy Nelson, Braveheart, 1995.     Mel Gibson said he’d got the part - then he hadn’t.   “Luckily, I hadn’t been stupid enough to tell anyone back at the Drama Centre, otherwise I would havelooked as if I was making it all up.”
  2. Ralph Fiennes, Red Dragon, 2002.     Passed on  the Tooth Fairy for a lesser  paid role in Lars Von Trier's oh-so-utterly-pretentious Dogville, 2003.
  3. Orlando Bloom, Kingdom of Heaven, 2005.    Among the actors auditioned by UK director Ridley Scott for the lead role of the 12th Centuryblacksmith-turned-knight Balian de Ibelin.
  4. Daniel Craig, Casino Royale2006.
  5. Daniel Craig, The Golden Compass, 2006.   In talks about becoming the scientist-explorer Lord Asriel… when Craig became available. Paradoxically, in the West End stage version, His Lordship was another Bond: Timothy Dalton. Others in the Asriel mix included Jason Osacs and Clive Owen.
  6. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight, 2007.
  7. Ryan Phillippe, Dark World  (aka Franklyn), 2007.   The parallel universes were first aimed at Bettany as the vigilante detective  and Ewan MacGregor as the shattered dreamer. Instead, Eva Green was caught between Philippe and Sam Riley in… wait for it…  Meanwhile City.
  8. Matthew Goode, Brideshead Revisited, 2007.    Before UK director David Yates was called up to Harry Potter duty, his cast had been Jude Law, Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly. Helmer Julian Jarrold chose Ben Wishaw, Hayley Atwell and Goode. No match, even after 27 years, for the classic TVersion of Sebastian and Julia Flye and Charles Ryder - Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick, Jeremy Irons.   Of course, they had eleven episodes to seduce us with.
  9. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, 2010.     David Seidler waited 30 years to write the story of how Britain’s King George VI defeated his stammer - and always saw Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue.  And Bettany as the king.  UKdirector Tom Hooper agreed to Rush, only.  “I was lucky that it was decided the role would go to Colin. As soon as he read for it, I knew he was perfect.”  That’s why he won the Oscar in 2011.
  10. Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex, TV, 2012.      Forever difficult about committing to projects. Bettany suddenly changed his mind about playing the 1960s human sexuality pioneer William Masters - and his US TV series debut. Sheen won a better deal becoming a producer (with his manager, Tammy Rosen) of the show, adapted from Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life And Times Of William Masters And Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love.  Nw that's a titler! 
  11. Russell Crowe, Les Misérables, 2012.     And now with an Oscar under his belt,   director Tom Hooper tried  for Bettany - offering him Inspector Javert.  Same reply.   (Well, Hooper hadn't picked him for The King's Speech). 
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