Sometimes in Hollywood, timing is everything. Paul Bettany was at an apparent low point in his acting career when the opportunity to play The Vision in Avengers: Age Of Ultron came his way. The actor told Business Insider that he landed the gig just minutes after being told that he would never work in Hollywood again:
I’d actually just had a meeting with a producer who had told me I was never going to work again and I stepped out into Hollywood and I sat on the sidewalk with my feet in the gutter and I thought F— me.
You know that phrase about God opening a window after a door closes? This story would probably qualify under that category, except Joss Whedon was the one opening said window:
My phone rang and it was Joss Whedon and he said, ‘Do you want to play the Vision in the next ‘Avengers’ movie?’ And, I said yes. And I sort of looked up to heaven and thought karma’s very quick these days … and [I] flipped the building behind me the finger.
This obviously wasn’t the first time Bettany performed in a Marvel movie. Back in 2008, he was the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. — Tony Stark’s cybernetic assistant — in Iron Man, a role that he would reprise in both Iron Man sequels, and in The Avengers. But by taking on the role of The Vision, Bettany is now the first actor to play two different roles in a Marvel movie. And it clearly worked out well.