Paul Bettany says he passed on the lead role in The King’s Speech in order to spend time with his family, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have regrets. In an interview Tuesday, shortly after it was announced that the film had received 12 Oscar nominations, Bettany explained his decision.
“I think it is a little inelegant for me to discuss it,” he said. “I had been working for five months steadily and my son missed me and I missed my son. Both of my sons and my wife.” Bettany and his wife, actress Jennifer Connelly, have two sons – 7-year-old Stellan and Jennifer’s 13-year-old son Kai from a previous relationship. The couple are expecting a third child later this year.
Colin Firth has earned a ‘Best Actor’ Academy Award nomination for the part that screenwriter David Seidler had originally envisioned for Bettany.
“Do I regret it?” the actor said of his decision to pass on The King’s Speech role. “I regret not working with such amazing, amazing actors and directors and writers. But no, I have to do the right thing by my family every time.”