Al Pacino could be the iconic actor who is set to feature on Marvel’s WandaVision.
Weeks after Bettany disclosed that one of the cast members in the new Disney+ show includes somebody who will come as a “surprise” to everyone, and one who he had been eager to work with as long as he remembers, the Vision actor indicated that this elusive performer is a seasoned veteran when he told Esquire the actor is somebody he’s “longed to work with all [his] life.”
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"People seem to think [it's] Doctor Strange. Truth is … There is one character that has not been revealed and it is very exciting, it's an actor I've longed to work with all my life"
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Bettany, meanwhile, told Esquire:
This is the theory that says there is some mysterious Avenger who is going to appear in WandaVision, and people seem to think that mysterious Avenger is Doctor Strange. Truth is, of all of the characters that we were trying to keep secret, a lot of them got out through leaks.
The actor added,
There is one character that has not been revealed and it is very exciting, it’s an actor I’ve longed to work with all of my life. We have some amazing scenes together, and the chemistry between us is, I think, extraordinary, and it was just fireworks on set. So I’m really excited for people to see that stuff.
When he appeared at AsiaPOP Comic Con Manila back in 2015, Bettany mentioned three actors who served as an inspiration to him growing up: Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino.
Bettany, who earned his first TV credit through the British show Wycliffe (1994) and his first movie credit three years later in Bent (1997), has not yet shared the screen with De Niro or Pacino.
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Speaking in a 2014 interview with MTV, Pacino stated he was “really impressed” by the Guardians of the Galaxy movie that year and admitted he was “ready to go to Marvel.”
Pacino then revealed he had spoken with Marvel chief Kevin Feige, adding:
I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me, or…
Interrupted by a phone call, Pacino joked:
Every time we talk about Marvel, that’s what happens.
In his latest interview with Esquire, Bettany offered no blatant indication of Pacino—who notoriously played Satan in The Devil’s Advocate (1997)—but when pressed about widespread fan theories that the demonic Mephisto is the true antagonist of WandaVision, Bettany said:
I can’t speak to [that theory] right now, because I’m worried about getting fired.