Watchmen Sure to Blow Wilson's Cover

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2009 3:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Patrick Wilson has had many brushes with fame, but it’s fairly certain his role in the hotly anticipated Watchmen will finally make walking down the street a chore, New York reports. He’s done studio films before (remember The Alamo?), won praise for his role in Little Children, even dated Scarlett Johansson, but no dice: “Most people outside the business, it’s safe to say, have no idea who I am.”

That will change, thanks to the continuing popularity of superhero movies, even dark, skeptical ones like Watchmen. Impending fame or not, he knows he made the right choice. At a recent screening, his wife applauded a sex scene between Wilson and a costar because she was “pulling so hard for the characters. After that, I was pretty confident that I ended up doing something right with this one.” (Read more film stories.)