Paul Bettany Chooses Art Over Blockbusters

Paul Bettany Chooses Art Over Blockbusters

British actor Paul Bettany has told Sky News he has given up on making blockbuster movies that mean nothing to him.

The Da Vinci Code star says he is unhappy with many of the films he has made in past and has decided to only choose parts that he loves, regardless of film budget.

"I've made some really, really bad decisions so I'm not sure I should be in charge of that," Bettany said about picking parts for himself.

"I love all sorts of cinema but I'm tired of making movies I don't care about, I can't do it anymore."

Bettany has flown over from his home in the UK to promote Broken Lines, a film written by his best friends, Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa.

It tells the story of an ex-boxer struggling to come to terms with his life following a stroke and deals with love, betrayal and freedom.

The pair penned a part in the London based urban melodrama for Bettany and he says it was a great acting experience despite its speedy, seven-day turnaround and the lack of financial gain for him.

"There was a real purity of intent around this movie and it is somehow separate from the result for me always," he said.

"You feel really invested in a movie when there is so much love surrounding it. People are doing it not for financial remuneration."

Even though he has worked with the likes of Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey, and is married to Hollywood actress Jennifer Connelly, he says his feet remain firmly on the ground when it comes to his British roots, too.

"I miss pubs so much," he said with gusto.

"You can on a Sunday go to a pub with your kids here and, you know, your kids play in the garden and you have lunch and spend the day, a couple of beers, friends turn up, there isn't that world in America."