Last weekend Christian and I saw the movie Wimbledon—a cute little tennis movie which is just a little better than you think it’ll be. This depends on your expectations, of course. Seeing it reminded me that tennis is the only sport I like to watch and it re-invigorated my “Wimbledon kick” which happens about every 3 years when someone we know travels to Europe, invites us to visit them just to be polite, and I take it seriously and start searching the web for tickets to Wimbledon. It will blow over soon. Anyway, the movie is noteworthy for its clever opening credits sequence (not as good as Spiderman!) where the names are volleyed back and forth, you know like a tennis ball. See it if you want to—I don’t really care. What I do care about is Paul Bettany—or I did. And watching the tall and talented actor in this movie was a pleasure. I didn’t like the whole Paul Bettany/Kirsten Dunst relationship (which, I suppose, one could argue IS the whole movie) but if you are some kind of leach and think a man of Paul Bettany’s age would/should actually go for someone Kirsten Dunst’s age you might find it very encouraging.
What, exactly, are their ages? Good question. That’s what I wanted to know so I went to http://www.imdb.com/ to find out. Kirsten Dunst: 22 years old. Perfect for all the little Spiderman dudes to be in love with Mary Jane. Paul Bettany: 32 years old. With the good sense in REAL life to be married to Jennifer Connelly, one year his elder. Yes. That seems right. Good for him. But wait. What’s this under the “Personal Quotes” section of his page?
“The world is split into two kinds of people, those who would go out for a drink with John Lennon, and those who'd choose Paul McCartney....After the Beatles came back from India, Lennon wrote Happiness Is a Warm Gun and McCartney wrote Ob-La-Di. End of argument.”
Now, it’s not like I walk around all day having imaginary conversations with Paul Bettany or anything crazy like that, but doesn’t this seem like a direct reference to one of my first blogs? I really think Paul Bettany is trying to make me look stupid.