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Paul Bettany ‘begged’ Ron Howard for a role in new Star Wars film

Paul Bettany won his role in the new Star Wars movie by begging director Ron Howard for a part via Twitter.

The Brit sent his old pal a tweet after learning Ron had taken over Solo: A Star Wars Story from fired filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and straight up asked for a role.

Paul shared a screenshot of the tweet during an appearance on America’s The Tonight Show on Thursday (17May18). It read: “Have you ever spent long winter evenings wondering why you’re not in the Star Wars franchise? I have”, and prompted Howard’s response: “I’ll get back to you.”
And Bettany revealed his A Beautiful Mind director was as good as his word.

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Ron Howard is the sweetest man in the world and he will lie and say, ‘Paul’s the only guy for the job’, and the truth is I kinda texted him, begging…,” the star recalled.

“He got back to me and two weeks later I was flying over to be in Star Wars. I was walking down this spiral staircase in, like, an intergalactic space yacht, and I was, like, some super gangster and an R2 unit went by with champagne flutes on its head and I was six years old again. It was amazing.”

Bettany plays villainous Dryden Vos in the new Star Wars movie, which hits cinemas next week (25May18). The film serves as a prequel to the Star Wars adventures and features Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian.

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