Paul Bettany with tinted glasses, a neckerchief & bad hair: would you still hit it?

These are some photos from the UK premiere of Margin Call, that movie about the stock market crash which was DOA in American theaters. As such, only a handful of the film’s stars actually made it to London for the premiere. Basically, it was just Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany, both of whom seem to be competing for The Fancy-Pants Prize.

I mean… I love Paul. I love his voice, his accent, I love his blonde-ginger (strawberry blonde?) hair, I love that he’s so epically tall that he walks with a slight stoop. I don’t mind that he’s pasty, and I don’t mind that he takes more fashion “risks” than most heterosexual men. But I’m not sure if I can get on board with this look. You know what’s bothering me the most? Everything above the neckerchief/scarf (although the scarf is whole other topic of conversation). Is his hairline receding? Or is it just bad lighting? And WHY with the tinted glasses? And why do the stubble when it’s obvious that he’s carefully planned this VESTY ensemble? Just shave. But… I don’t mind the tweed. And Paul is reminding me of someone… like, Hugh Hefner, circa 1961? That’s not right though – like some kind of dated figure from the 1950s who owns a huge mansion and a well-stocked bunker AND he has multiple girlfriends. Like… a Bond villain…? I feel like he’s in costume. Which is fine. He’s still a lovely man, and I would still hit it.

And here’s Jeremy Irons, also looking scarfy and grizzled. That’s his wife, Sinead Cusack, by his side. Poor Sinead. I haven’t been able to look at Jeremy the same way ever since this story about his “open” marriage and his handsy, groping, sexual-harassing ways.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Eve says:

    Paul Bettany with tinted glasses, a neckerchief & bad hair: would you still hit it?


  2. carrie says:

    the blue glasses are yet awful on johnny depp or brad pitt or bono

  3. jinni says:

    Looks like he’s swagger jacking Johnny Depp’s style to me.

  4. Madrid says:

    I´m sorry, I Didn´t like it before, now it looks like a middle age crisis to me

  5. Alexis says:


    Dislike the glasses and scarf, but whatevs.

  6. Bad Gal Addiction says:

    Of course I would! This gorgeous face….eyes, lips, everything! Don’t mind the clothes – they come off in a second anyway ;-

  7. Cathy says:

    @badgal…you’re right. Take the clothes of him and it’s a moot point. Wouldn’t matter anymore

  8. Ameli says:

    My Public Speech Professor looks exactly like Jeremy Irons . Pretty distracting .

    How tall is Mr.Bettany ?

  9. Original Tiffany says:

    He didn’t look that tall in person to me. My husband was on a Late night talk show the same night as he was and Jennifer was with him. But again, I am tall and had on heels, so I was well over six feet that day.
    I didn’t find him very attractive in person, but I think he looks better with short hair. His nose freaks me out.

  10. Nanea says:

    I would still too.
    Under one condition: the blue-tinted glasses would have to go.

    That said, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for PB and JC, they seem solid.

  11. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I would make him take off the glasses and scarf, remove the hair product, grow a little scruff and THEN I would hit it.

  12. Renee says:

    He could be wearing a purple tutu and I’d hit it.

  13. really says:

    The Movie was great! That look rather looks an exuberance of slime on Paul, long story short he needs to STOP THAT LOOK.

  14. Maya says:

    I think Jeremy Irons looks 100 times better and he is double Bettany’s age.
    Answer to the question is no.
    I think Irons would probably fare better in the female stakes than Bettany, who looks like the ideal candidate (esp in the first picture) to play Futurama’s Farnsworth.

  15. atlantapug says:

    He’ll still look the same naked, so YES!

  16. Lindy says:

    Yes!!! In fact, there’s something about the way he’s pulling this look off that makes him seem ever hotter!

  17. Mr.Smurf says:

    I’d hit it. He looks good minus the scarf. But as some of the other ladies said, it’d come off in a second anyway. I noticed him in the Secret Life of Bees, when he plays as T-Ray. He actually looked pretty me at least.

  18. NeoCleo says:

    The blue lenses are great. They make those baby blues POP.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:

    LOL @ “Bond villain”.

  20. ruby says:

    Yes. Although I think he should ditch the tinted glasses.

  21. Ramie says:

    whatever takes the focus off his white eyebrows.

  22. Calli says:

    Tinted glasses help dyslexics to focus on letters when reading, so unless he’s dyslexic why bother wearing them?!

  23. Faye says:

    Absolutely and always. He’s so so yummy.

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! (The clothes and glasses will be off anyway.)

  25. lisa says:

    LOL at how certain clothing chooses or hair styles or whatever are just fine depending on the celebrity.

    Really funny how the judgment changes.

  26. laura says:

    hairline is def receding. I think it’s almost always been. That being said, I would not kick him out of bed. Baldness is a sign of high testosterone!

  27. Bean says:

    He is so beautiful and so talented.
    and sexy! That stare in the 2nd pic…hot!
    I lurve him!

  28. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Bettany and Katiebot should do a horror flick – they both look scary. Also include Johnny Depp and it could be a tim burton style movie.

  29. Bella says:

    I definitely would hit it!! The neckerchief is an ascot.

  30. whatevs says:

    did he get a nose job? looks weird. anyways now he looks like a pretentious 70′s director or like the latest sacha baron cohen movie char

  31. Rachel says:

    PB’s outfit is…questionable, but he is hot in it nonetheless. Unless he decides to make it his new ongoing look, in which case, no.