Scoop: Paul Bettany Abruptly Drops Out of Showtime's Masters of Sex

Paul Bettany has suddenly lost his appetite for Sex.

The Beautiful Mind thesp has abruptly pulled out of his leading role in Showtime’s buzzy drama pilot Masters of Sex, sources confirm to TVLine.

The project, which would’ve marked Bettany’s first major foray into American television, is based on Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love, Thomas Maier’s book about the 1960s human sexuality pioneers.

It’s unclear why Bettany backed out. The search is on for a new actor to play William. The role of Virginia also remains uncast.

Reps for Showtime and Sony TV declined to comment.

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  1. wordsmith says:

    Abruptly pulled out, you say? I feel like there’s a good joke in there somewhere…

    Shame to hear though, I would’ve liked to see Bettany on TV. Ah well, maybe some other time.

  2. damian says:

    Wouldn’t the headline better if it said “Abruptly pulls out” lol

    Don’t worry Paul, it happens to a lot of guys, we can just here and hold hands. It’s just as good ;-)

  3. The Squatch says:

    Maybe he pulled out because he realized this was a ridiculous idea for a show and was probably just an excuse to flash some guest-star-T&A every week in the hopes of creating a little buzz. He’s one of my favorite actors working today and, just my opinion, I think he is too good for a show like this and belongs in feature films.