Saturday 17 February 2018

Bettany: Son wanted priest outfit

Paul Bettany had a priest's outfit made for his son
Paul Bettany had a priest's outfit made for his son

Paul Bettany has revealed he had a miniature priest's robe made for his son after he took a liking to his father's latest film costume.

The British actor stars in new vampire horror movie Priest and revealed his son wanted to dress like his dad did in the film.

Speaking at Comic-Con, Paul said of his robes: "I don't have it, they took it away from me, but my kid has one. They haven't come out but I had it made because he wanted one so the costume designer had one made for him, a little one!"

The 39-year-old has a son Stellan with actress wife Jennifer Connelly, who will be seven in August. Jennifer also has a son Kai, born in 1997, from her relationship with photographer David Dugan.

Paul played an evil monk in The Da Vinci Code, an angel in fantasy horror film Legion and Charles Darwin in Creation.

He admits he worries some of his roles are controversial, but revealed that no one has ever confronted him about them.

Paul insisted he has played so many religious roles "totally by accident".

"I will never make another movie on it, only on the grounds that I field so many questions on it. Simply there is no theme at work. It's just coincidence," he said.

He went on: "It's even all the way back to Da Vinci Code. I've just been doing it for so long now, I'm like, 'what am I doing? I've got to stop' because there's no answer and the controversy is entirely created by me on this side and you on that side because I've never ever had anybody from any church come up to me and say, 'I'm really angry about what you...'

"It's never happened and yet I've had to talk about it for years."

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