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Playing the Unabomber, Paul Bettany's goal was empathy, not sympathy

Playing the Unabomber, Paul Bettany's goal was empathy, not sympathy

To prepare for his role as Ted Kaczynski in the miniseries “Manhunt: Unabomber,” Paul Bettany spent some time alone in a remote forest home, unplugged from technology, reading books.

But please don’t take that the wrong way.

“This story has begun to take on a life of its own, which is me, like Daniel Day-Lewis, in the woods,” says the rangy actor over lunch at a Greek restaurant near his home in Tribeca.

Bettany wasn’t exactly roughing it: “It was a lovely, chic little cabin,” he clarifies.

Nevertheless, the experiment left an impression on the 46-year-old Brit. Without the constant distraction of technology, “There's lots of time in the day when you're not...

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