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Paul Bettany Asked for a Role in 'Solo,' & His Wish Was Granted!

Paul Bettany Asked for a Role in 'Solo,' & His Wish Was Granted!

Paul Bettany is opening up about how he got his role in the new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The 46-year-old actor is a longtime friend of Ron Howard (after working with him on A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code) and he reached out to the filmmaker personally after he became the director of the movie.

“I texted him asking to be in it, and he said, ‘Let me see what I can do.’ And then he got back to me with a job. I was super thrilled when he came back and said, ‘Yeah, we’ve got something for you to do,’” Paul revealed in an interview with Uproxx.

“And that’s exactly how it happened. And, in fact, I texted him exactly this. [Pulls out phone] I said, ‘Hey, Ron, have you ever spent long winter evenings like I have wondering why I’m not in the Star Wars franchise?’” Paul added. “Then he texted me back, ‘LOL. Let me get back to you’… I was flying in two weeks. I was flying to London to start shooting.”

Paul said he is a longtime Star Wars fan ever since seeing the first movie at age six as a kid in London.

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  • GroundControl500

    Love Paul. That’s the same as nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sometimes you just have to make the first move. Too bad I am so not interested in Star Wars anymore. 🚀

  • GroundControl500

    Love Paul. That’s the same as nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sometimes you just have to make the first move. Too bad I am so not interested in Star Wars anymore. 🚀