Paul Bettany fires back at Jason Statham's Avengers insult

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Remember how Jason Statham talked trash about the Avengers a few moths ago saying that his grandmother could do it? Here’s a refresher:

“A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, you know, Marvel comic sort of things, I just think, any guy can do it. I have no ambition. I mean, I could take my grandma and put her in a cape, and then put her in a green screen, and then have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody can do it. I mean, they’re relying on stunt doubles, and greenscreen, and $200 million budget, it’s all CGI-created. So to me, that is not authentic.”

We’ve already got Mark “Hulk” Ruffalo’s response when he said: “I mean, do you really need to ask that question? It’s Jason Statham. He’s like a featherweight. He’s got nothing on me! Clearly.” Now this week on the Conan O’Brien Show, it was Paul Bettany (who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies, and was upgraded to the synthetic being Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron) who responded. When prompted by what Statham said Bettany responded with “He’s brilliant at what he does. I couldn’t do it…”

“And it’s true, I try and do as many of the stunts I can, but there are times when it’s too dangerous or it’s too tricky. And maybe he should think about investing in like, an acting double.”

“I’m just saying. I would never talk s— about somebody else’s work. But I read the contract, they employed me as an actor, and stuntmen are very good at what they do, so let them do it. But if there’s a really, really tricky scene with some very tricky dialogue, one might consider bringing in an acting double for Jason Statham.”

Stop, drop and roll, Statham! Stop, drop and roll!

You can watch the whole interview below.

Last Updated: September 22, 2015

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