Paul Bettany Talks PRIEST 3D at WonderCon

     April 3, 2011

Paul Bettany talks PRIEST 3D at WonderCon slice

Arriving on May 13 is director Scott Stewart’s Priest.  Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the film stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest who goes on the hunt for his niece who’s been kidnapped by vampires. The 3D film also stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins.

On Friday night at WonderCon, Screen Gems premiered a few scenes and I thought it looked like a pretty cool vampire movie.  In addition, while the film has been post converted, the 3D looked very well done and it just shows when you spend the time, post conversion works.  I heard it took them 6 months to do it.

Anyway, I got to speak with Bettany the day after watching the footage and we talked about post conversion, why he wanted to do Priest, playing against type as an action star, what’s his karaoke song, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch:

For a more comprehensive write up of Friday night’s Priest event at WonderCon, here’s Adam’s report.

Paul Bettany

  • This is the first time he’s seen Priest in 3D.  He was impressed with the conversion process, specifically how dark they had rendered the scenes.
  • 1:40 – Priest had six months to convert to 3D, so the conversion projects markedly better than most post-converted 3D films.
  • 2:25 – Bettany was drawn to the opportunity to reunite with Stewart after Legion with a much bigger budget.  Plus, the character is interesting.
  • 4:20 – He enjoys playing against type as an action star: “I also like flying around on wires and stabbing vampires.”
  • 5:15 – He doesn’t do much karaoke because he has his own band.  If he was “really drunk,” he would sing “London Calling.”
  • 6:20 – His schedule is focused on selling Priest and fathering his third child, so he’s not sure what his next project will be.


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