Paul Bettany is an actor who is on fire at the moment. Not only is he playing Dryden Vos, the gangster villain in the most recent addition to the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was also the man behind the Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. If you are among the multitude of people who have seen the third Avengers film then you know exactly how things played out for our friend Vision. The being holding the Mind Stone and using it as a life source ultimately died . . . twice technically, and it was definitely sad to see him go.
In a recent interview with GQ, Bettany had a chance to talk about those on-screen deaths and which one he felt was the most impactful. When asked which one was his favorite, Bettany expressed, “Ooooh, I don’t know. I think that being murdered by the love of your life [Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen] because you’re asking them to is pretty moving stuff that they wrote for us.”
The relationship that Vision had with Olsen’s Scarlet Witch was a romantic, yet troubled one from the beginning of Infinity War. Basically, every moment that they had on screen together was them trying to fight for their lives and/or escape from Thanos and the Black Order. In the end, that didn’t go so well for them and we watched Scarlet Witch kill Vision once for the good of the universe, as well as Thanos rip the Mind Stone right out of his forehead.
When questioned about the on-screen/set “chemistry” that Bettany has with Olsen, the actor had this to say about the thought: “Well, I don’t believe in chemistry. I know it’s not real because I’ve seen it too many times, actors that hate each other and it be amazing and everybody goes, ‘Oh, yeah, but that’s a different kind of chemistry.’ No, it’s not. Often, they can’t get your eye line tight enough to look at the person, to the actual actor, so they’ll put a cross of tape right on the camera. And you’ll be playing a love scene to a sticker. And it’s impossible to have chemistry with that. So I resist the idea of there being on-screen chemistry. I think it’s something that people like to say without thinking.”