Paul Bettany will return as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in The Avengers

Although his work in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 took him less than two days to complete, Paul Bettany has an important (albeit small) role to play in the franchise. In a recent interview the actor revealed that his vocal cords will be required once again as J.A.R.V.I.S, the computer voice in Tony Stark’s house, lab and suit, will appear in The Avengers.

While on the rounds promoting Priest Bettany spoke about how he got involved with the films, and confirmed his return. From SHH (via SplashPage):

“Well, I just met with Jon [Favreau] one time, talked things out and I’ve recorded some lines for the movie, not knowing anything about it,” the actor said. “Then, one day, when ‘Iron Man I’ was released, my friends started to tell me: ‘You’re in ‘Iron Man’!’ and I kept saying ‘What? No, I’m not!’, and then, after I saw the movie, I’ve realized, that I’ve had quite an interesting part in this movie.”

“With ‘Iron Man 2′ it was kinda the same, but now I knew what I was working on. After I recorded another pair of lines with Jon, we would go to some place, have some drinks & fun. He’s really a nice guy!”

Of course he was also asked about “The Avengers,” and confirmed his involvement in the 2012 team-up movie.

“Yes, I am involved in this project,” he said. “Don’t know when we will start though, usually they [guys at Marvel] call me, when they’re almost finished with the movie, so we will see where this goes.”

I assume Bettany will be required again for Iron Man 3, but this time it’ll be Shane Black giving him the call instead of Favreau.