Robert Downey Jr. On Whether He Misses Jon Favreau

During the "calm before the proverbial media storm" actor Robert Downey Jr. shares a few cursory blips about Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon and his fellow Avengers cast mates.

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By Mark Julian - 3/27/2012


The Avengers premieres April 11. That's a mere 15 days from now. Embargoes on set-visits will soon be lifted, new promotional material will be unveiled and who knows....the identity of the mysterious alien army might be even be revealed [unlikely]. However, for now, we're still in the calm before the storm and in this relative quite moment Robert Downey Jr(RDJ). has shared a few cursory, personal insights about his Iron Man and Avengers directors as well as Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor.

QUESTION: Do you miss Jon Favreau?

RDJ: He's like a brother. You don't know whether you can't live without him or you want to just strangle him in his sleep. I just love the guy.

QUESTION: What do you think of your fellow Avengers?

RDJ: I feel like a big brother to Scarlett. Chris Hemsworth has the whole package. Jeremey Renner is a serious actor who doesn't take himself too serious at all.

QUESTION: How was Joss Whedon as writer/director?

RDJ: Perfect. During a scene, I could say 'Is this right?' Ten minutes later he had three pages of options for me to try.




Downey Jr. and Favreau on the set of Iron Man 2.



The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D.









Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)



Source: Total Film
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AlibiBreakfast - 3/27/2012, 8:58 AM
I'm really finding it difficult to wait for this film. I just keep playing the trailer over and over and over and over...
ThreeBigTacos - 3/27/2012, 9:00 AM
Meh, I'm indifferent about Favreau leaving. Sure he made a great Iron Man 1, and not-as-bad-as-people-say Iron Man 2. But his juices were running a bit low as we could see in Iron Man 2. Here's hoping Shane Black will deliver something awesome.
Wildaniel - 3/27/2012, 9:02 AM
I wonder if he will come back to play Happy Hogan?
MovieMaster - 3/27/2012, 9:04 AM
@ThreeBigTacos- And he also gave us Cowboys and Aliens. Ugh...
Gmoney84 - 3/27/2012, 9:19 AM
If he doesn't come back to play Happy I think it would be pretty boss if Shane Black played him.
santoanderson - 3/27/2012, 9:21 AM
It sounded like Downey and Favreau had a falling-out during or after Iron Man 2. Favreau wanted everything to be spontaneous and Downey wanted a script.

Anyway, Downey was supposed to be the lead in Cowboys & Aliens, but then he dropped out. Rumors were that he didn't want to work with Favreau again.
Fogs - 3/27/2012, 9:25 AM
"Chris Hemsworth has the whole package"

That sounds strange.
xfan320 - 3/27/2012, 9:26 AM
I'm. Pretty sure Favs said he would have no problem returning to the role. His split with Marvel was amicable.

Perhaps it means more screentime for him in IM3.
genesis609 - 3/27/2012, 9:26 AM
i see he doesent think much of chris evans captain america! JUST LIKT THE COMICS! LOL LOVE IT!
6of13 - 3/27/2012, 9:27 AM
RDJ is Tony Stark.
robbo1701 - 3/27/2012, 9:33 AM
straight out fight between RDJ's iron man and Chris Evans johnn.... I mean Capt, IM wins everytime hands down.
SoulxAvenger - 3/27/2012, 9:34 AM
Faverau and RDJ had no falling out. I have seen nor heard either of them say anything negative about one another. Usually when the media says "oh these guys dont like each other" its bs. just something to get people to watch their show or read their magazine.
cmax - 3/27/2012, 9:34 AM
IMO, I think the main problem with IM2 wasn't Favs, it was Justin Theroux.
TurdFergunson - 3/27/2012, 9:36 AM
i don't care what RDJ says...i MISS HIM ALREADY!
TheDpool - 3/27/2012, 9:49 AM
Why'd you think he didnt mention Chris Evans?
Tevii - 3/27/2012, 10:04 AM
@santoanderson - I think you have that backwards. I believe Downey wanted more spontaneity and Favreau wanted to stick to the script. They like each other, I think they just needed a break from each other.

Iron Man II didnt suck. It just wasnt as groundbreaking as part I.

Cowboys and Aliens was a decent movie. That has a bad wrap too.

Favreau is the man.
SotNatt - 3/27/2012, 10:05 AM
Wait a tick...no Happy?

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this interview was done in passing. Very fleetingly.

Or, he could just be hush hush over JF's return.

Was I the only person on earth who had absolutely no interest in seeing Cowboys Vs. Aliens? I mean, my movie tickets cost 14.50 a turn, so I have to be very critical about the nonsense I see.

Also, seriously... no interest, an I loved everyone involved.
SeaSerpentine - 3/27/2012, 10:24 AM
I thoguht he did a good job, but I'm still excited to see where Shane Black takes the story.
SeaSerpentine - 3/27/2012, 10:24 AM
*thought.
vtopa - 3/27/2012, 10:44 AM
The Dpool

I'm sure it wasn't a snub. Don't read too much into it. He didn't mention Samuel Jackson or Mark Ruffalo either.
Lilvic92 - 3/27/2012, 10:53 AM
@1980
Actually if you use facebook you'll see that both The Avengers and TASM have more likes that TDKR

The Avengers - 934k
The Amazing Spider-Man - 667k
The Dark Knight Rises - 500k

It's not just this website
RocketMadnessBoss - 3/27/2012, 11:06 AM
@Lilvic92 That means absolutely nothing...
evyllsummer - 3/27/2012, 11:13 AM
Should we make any business about the fact that he mentions Hemsworth, Renner, and ScarJo but NOT Evans? Did they not get along? Did I just start that rumor?
ThreeHeadedMonkey - 3/27/2012, 11:35 AM
@Wildaniel Yes, he will still reprise his role as Happy. I can't remember where I read the article, but he isn't abandoning the character.
DioFoRio - 3/27/2012, 11:47 AM
how many of you [frick]ers are into statistics and not into enjoying a movie? lol. That basement some of you live in gives me the creeps....ugh
Lilvic92 - 3/27/2012, 11:53 AM
@RMB
it means that people (well on facebook at least) are aware of The Avengers and TASM more than TDKR

You Mad?
TheHitchhikingGhost - 3/27/2012, 11:55 AM
Indifferent about Favreau. He killed it on IM1, not so much on IM2, and really shite the bed w/ Cowboys vs. Aliens. I thought the torch was passed at the right time and I'm glad he didn't helm Avengers as was once an option. Shane Black is an exciting writer/director, and even if IM3 were a trainwreck, it would be the most glorious trainwreck in recent memory.
GreyChaos13Zero - 3/27/2012, 12:50 PM
yea, he should come back as Happy Hogan. shame if he doesn't?)
jimoakley666 - 3/27/2012, 1:08 PM
Favreau has previously said that he IS returning as Happy Hogan in the third film.
thewonderer - 3/27/2012, 1:32 PM
You idiots. Avengers is releasing IN ONE MONTH. Dumbass marvel turds can't even grasp the concept of time.

ALSO TDKR will sell itself off the TDK name. I don't recall Avengers having a prologue? TDKR is fine. What the hell is the point of buzz if your movie isn't coming out for three months? Idiots
secretluvin - 3/27/2012, 1:45 PM
santoanderson

Downey dropped out from Cowboys & Aliens coz he had to do Sherlock Holmes 2 (they were rushed to film it)
BatSlam - 3/27/2012, 2:29 PM
both you marvel and dc fan boys just get on my nerves, and the hole avengers versus tdkr are a bunch of dumb dumbs as well. Why cant you just learn to enjoy a movie if it is good and not enjoy one if its not. Both these movies are not even out and there are such huge arguments about which one is better. Its just a fools argument for the unintelligent.

I am excited about both movies, also excited about tasm, I thought that movie was going to be dumb but the more i have learned about it the more excited i have become. I hope all 3 movies are great it is only good for cbm as a hole. The average movie goer doesn't look in terms of marvel or dc, you could ask them who batman or the avengers are under and they wouldn't know or care. I read both marvel and dc, i only have allegiance to well written books.

in general, whoever argues about the movies that are not even out ... well ... just stop being blind slap happy fools.
Giraffehead - 3/27/2012, 5:37 PM
@theWanderer

You have been trolling for a while now, but recently you have been responding to people as if you were in a discussion. It would be nice if you could take that last step and just post your counter points instead of the name-calling.

You are right The Dark Knight will sell The Dark Knight Rises. That is why it was impressive that Hunger Games broke all records for 'non-sequels'.

I'm a little confused as to why you bring up the prologue though. Isn't that buzz generating? You have already stated that there is no point to that.
Fuckyoutrolls - 3/28/2012, 1:40 AM
@ the Wanderer...LMAO you are one hell of a troll.

Prologue? I seem to recall all the big stars of the Avengers, having starred in individual movies, with the likes of Black Widow being a main character in Ironman2 and Hawkeye in Thor. Hows that for Prologue? feature presentations that not only have an individual story but that connect up in the avengers movie. GENIUS.

much better than 6mins of a throat infection taking over a plane. Surely superman couldve just flew in and saved it, or stopped gotham descending to chaos? oh well.

Not only has Marvel connected an entire roster of characters together, they have done it in the same shared onscreen universe.

DC can't even get non-Batman films to be good, not since the original supes film. As much as I enjoy Batman and superman, and I do, it's going to look extremely stupid when the JLA movie is made, with a host of different actors portraying the characters, with most of the film trying to explain to audiences that, "eh all the characters have been living in the same reality , eh the whole time, we just, eh didn't mention it before...) .


I suggest you take your bile elsewhere sir/ma'am.

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