Paul Bettany on ‘Priest’

Paul Bettany on starring in the adaptation of the Korean vampire horror-Western, 'Priest'.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Paul Bettany on 'Priest'

When Hyung Min-woo wrote the Priest manhwa, he probably didn’t have British boy Paul Bettany in mind. By the time the property makes its way to Hollywood, that’s only one of the adjustments. Bettany plays the priest fighting vampires in a post-apocalyptic future. He was really enthusiastic about it at Comic Con, which should carry the buzz until the movie’s out next May. 


CraveOnline: How is fighting vampires different than fighting angels? 

Paul Bettany: I don’t know. A lot of the vampires that I killed in this were actually pillows which was a little humiliating. At the time I was fighting them they were pillows. It’s hard to look butch and stab a pillow in mid-air. Arrrr! It’s actually just a pillow.


CraveOnline: Are you always impressed by big movie sets, like Master & Commander must have been? 

Paul Bettany: Master & Commander of course because I went to this tank in Mexico and there was an absolute replica for the ship from the sea on a gimble. It was the same ship. But that’s very much within my sort of cultural references, those sort of three masted ships. To see work where people have really envisaged a real new world is kind of awesome.


CraveOnline: Will there be details we’ll miss, we’ll have to freeze frame? 

Paul Bettany: Keep paying and see it three or four times. What do you mean freeze frame? He’s already watching it on DVD.