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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.

Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, & Donald Glover Team Up for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Screening in NYC

Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, and Paul Bettany join forces at a screening of their new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story!

The co-stars attended the event on Monday (May 21) in New York City.

The guys suited up while Emilia dazzled in a plunging, multicolored, striped dress with gold heels and accessories.

Also in attendance was Tiffany Haddish, who was joined by author Hal Rubenstein, as well as Brian d’Arcy James and Dolly Wells.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk also stepped out to show their support, though they skipped the red carpet.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – in which Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion, during an adventure into a dark criminal underworld – hits theaters on May 25!

FYI: Alden is wearing Strong Suit by Ilaria Urbinati. Emilia is wearing an Alessandra Rich dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and a Deborah Pagani ring and earrings.

30+ pictures inside of Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and more at the screening… More Here! »

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Donald Glover on Lando Being 'Pansexual' in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story': 'He's Coming On To Everybody'

Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Paul Bettany strike a pose together while taking part of SiriusXM’s Town Hall hosted by SiriusXM’s Dalton Ross at SiriusXM Studios on Monday (May 21) in New York City.

The cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story talked about how co-screenwriter of the film Jonathan Kasdan recently revealed that Donald‘s character Lando Calrissian is pansexual.

“How can you not be pansexual in space?,” Donald responded as Alden and Emilia expressed surprise at hearing the news for the first time. “There are so many things to have sex with. I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ‘cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have good time out here.”


Donald Glover on Lando being “pansexual” in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

FYI: Donald is wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna Couture jacket.

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Paul Bettany Reveals Text He Sent Ron Howard to Land 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Role

Paul Bettany dished to Jimmy Fallon about the unconventional way he got his role in Solo: A Star Wars Story on last night’s (May 17) episode of The Tonight Show!

The 46-year-old actor revealed the audition process for his role of crime boss Dryden Vos was “humiliating” and that he basically “begged” for the part via text.

“Have you ever spent long winter evenings wondering why you’re not in the Star Wars franchise? I have,” Paul wrote to director Ron Howard in the text.

Ron replied, “LOL I’ll get back to you.” “It’s a true story,” Paul promised. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get. You gotta ask.”

Paul also shares why he refuses to watch the royal wedding, and why he thinks Meghan Markel is likely a spy for the U.S. – Watch more after the cut!


Paul Bettany Shares the Text He Sent Ron Howard to Snag a Solo: A Star Wars Story Role

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Jennifer Connelly Dresses as a Sexy Stormtrooper for 'Solo' Cannes Premiere!

Jennifer Connelly shows off her custom Stormtrooper-inspired dress at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (May 15) in Cannes, France.

The Oscar-winning actress was at the event to support her husband Paul Bettany, who appears in the film.

“My wife is the hottest stormtrooper #solo #vuitton,” Paul wrote on his Instagram account with a photo from the red carpet.

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a custom made Louis Vuitton dress, sandals, and ring. Paul is wearing a Dior Homme tuxedo, shirt, bow-tie, and shoes.

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