Jeff Bridges Reveals Chaos BTS Of IRON MAN; "We Were Making A $200M Student Film"
Though he praises both director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man star Jeff Bridges has now revealed how chaotic an experience making the movie was, with no firm script in place and days where they would just make it up as they went along. Read on for details!
Jeff Bridges recently took part in a reddit AMA, and was quizzed by one fan about his time playing Obidiah Stane/Iron Monger in 2008's Iron Man. The movie is still rightly considered one of Marvel Studios' best releases, and is credited with kicking off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With their tenth movie - Guardians of the Galaxy - receiving extremely positive reviews, things at Marvel seem to run far more smoothly these days, but that wasn't always the case...
"We were so fortunate to have Robert and that team, and also Jon Favreau, both those guys are incredible actors and improvisers. And that movie was so much fun to make. It was unusual because it was very expensive, close to $200 million or something, and you would think that a movie that had that high a budget, they would have had their script tighter. But that was not the case. And we would very often find ourselves, at the beginning of the day, going into our trailers with little tape recorders with the suits from Marvel & Jon & Robert, and we would try to come up with what we were going to shoot that day! We would trade parts, I would play his part, or he would play my part, Favreau would be calling up writer friends of his, and meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot, waiting for us to come back to work. That was very frustrating for me, because I like to be very prepared and let it go in front of the camera, so that you know your lines and stuff, until I made a small inner adjustment that was: realizing we were making a $200 million dollar student film. And just to relax and have fun, do your best, don't worry too much, and I think that the film came out terrifically! And again, that's largely because we had Robert and Jon onboard."
Luckily, Bridges still clearly enjoyed the finished product as much as the rest of us and it's interesting to see how much things have changed for Marvel since they first decided to start their own studio. The actor doesn't look back on his time on the set of R.I.P.D. anywhere near as fondly, as you can see by clicking here. What do you guys think? Sound off below!
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