Getty ImagesPaul Bettany
portrays an angel trying to save the world in the new movie Legion
, and the actor is psyched to be playing an action hero for once. He said: "I wouldn't lie to you. I don't like real guns, but the fake firearms are fantastic. My machine gun was huge and made a lot noise, but it didn't hurt anybody. I did Legion
so I could shoot a big gun and channel Jackie Chan
. I'm usually the bad guy in movies like this, so I got a kick out of being the hero." Bettany and his lovely wife Jennifer Connelly (Getty)
While he enjoyed getting stuck into the role, Paul was surprised at how difficult some of the action scenes were, though he loved every minute. He told Parade.com: "When I was a kid I took some martial arts classes, but on Legion
the stunt coordinators made you look like you can do the things that you can't, which is fantastic. I had an embarrassing amount of fun. It was like playing with a bunch of 10 year olds who don't mind if you hit them."
He added, "I had a scene where I threw a child zombie in the air who was attacking me. Actually, it was a small stunt person who was an adult. Everybody shot him and we were all giggling, even the poor guy who was being thrown. You can't take that stuff seriously."
After making Legion
, Paul went on to play Charles Darwin in Creation
alongside wife Jennifer Connelly
and says he really enjoyed piling on the pounds to transform his physique. He said: "I finished Legion
and went right to Creation
to play Charles Darwin. Ironically, I was really fit from doing all the action stuff and I had to put on about 45 pounds. It was no problem though. I just ate a lot of sandwiches."
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