Andy Lau Reportedly Turns Down IRON MAN 3 Role

It appears Chinese Internal Affairs actor Andy Lau has turned down his scientist role in Iron Man 3. Including his potential replacements, check out comments from one of the producers.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 6/22/2012


Last month, it was revealed that Chinese actor Andy Lau was keen on landing a role in the much-anticipated Shane Black-directed Iron Man 3 movie. However, Want Chinese Times via Want Daily now claim the Internal Affairs actor has turned down the pivotal scientist role, which is said to be an ally of playboy Tony Stark. Dotting on the reason(s) for Lau's departure, and who's being considered for his replacement, check out the reports.

Chinese media now report that Lau has pulled out of possible involvement due to the birth of his first child with wife Carol Chu on May 9. The Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post reported that the producers of the film had contacted Lau but were turned down. The frontrunners for the role are now said to be Chinese actors Chen Daoming and Wu Xiubo. One of the film's producers and CEO of DMG Entertainment Group Dan Mintz apparently told reporters earlier this week that the one of the movie's Chinese characters will likely be filled by an actor over the age of 40 and strong English skills.

In regards to the selection of Asian actors for the film, and being co-produced by a Chinese production company, Mintz added that the idea arose from the film's plot, not the other way around. The producer insisted that the film's stars will be chosen for their suitability for the role, rather than their impact on the Chinese box office.


(Pictured from left to right: Chen Daoming, Andy Lau, Wu Xiubo)


Filming for Iron Man 3 is underway in Wilmington, North Carolina and expected to move to China in a few weeks.


Described as a “technological crisis thriller,” set in the world of international war, arms & terror, Marvel Studios' “Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Andy Lau, Ashley Hamilton, James Badge Dale, with Sir Ben Kingsley and Jon Favreau. Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) takes over directorial duties from Jon Favreau, who helmed the first two “Iron Man” films. Principal photography will occur primarily in North Carolina and China. And “Iron Man 3” is set for release in May 3, 2013.


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DCMarvelFreshman - 6/22/2012, 9:43 AM
Pictured below, via reddit, is an on-set photo displaying the construction of Tony Stark's Malibu mansion.

jazzman - 6/22/2012, 9:57 AM
why they dont cast Russell Wong for the role he is Chinese-American

HRDWYR - 6/22/2012, 9:59 AM
Russell Wong is a sh!t actor, thats why.
ScabbyJ - 6/22/2012, 10:03 AM
I suppose I'd be racist if I said those 3 guess look a like to me huh?
ScabbyJ - 6/22/2012, 10:04 AM
Guys*
jazzman - 6/22/2012, 10:14 AM
@HRDWYR

hes alright

@BigBadHarv

i know right. when i see white people they all look like Ryan Reynolds to me LOL
Supes17 - 6/22/2012, 10:15 AM
The Mandarin:P

I'm sure he makes excellent General's Chicken

Jokes aside, he would have been great for the role
Supes17 - 6/22/2012, 10:17 AM
Dude at first I thought they were 3 pictures of the same actor Lmao
Himura - 6/22/2012, 10:29 AM
I love the users on this site. The second anything Asian gets mentioned the racism comes out flying.
95 - 6/22/2012, 10:36 AM
Wow. This movie has a lot of Japanese actors....
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/22/2012, 10:36 AM
Damn would have been awesome to see Lau in this movie. Great actor.

Well as long as they replace him with someone great im fine.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (the other star of Infernal Affairs) or Chow Yun-Fat would be awesome.
Im not sure thou how good Leung´s english is thou but anyway.
jazzman - 6/22/2012, 10:44 AM
@Natrag

did u read the fricking article?

jmunny - 6/22/2012, 10:48 AM
@Natrag

Yeah to jazzman's point, spending time with your first child and wife seems like a pretty reasonable explanation for turning down a gig.
write33 - 6/22/2012, 10:53 AM
@jmunny and jazzman

right?? it's his kid!!! give the dude a break. he's a quality actor who has done amazing work. the movie will still be great I'm sure.
BillyBatson1000 - 6/22/2012, 11:21 AM
@Himura - Agree completely, casual - lazy - clichéd stupidity. An education in humanity needed here.
Durf - 6/22/2012, 11:31 AM
Hmm that's too bad, I have been hearing good things about him. Oh, well as long as they get a capable replacement. His reason is legit, he made the right choice on that.

@Natrag: You forgot some things on your options scenario:

for A) Be a complete and total douchebag, deadbeat dad, and terrible husband

for B) Still make a shit load of money

You are an idiot
CoolantTech - 6/22/2012, 11:36 AM

Well that sucks.. I guess its time for some Kelly Hu







TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 11:38 AM
Shucks. It's a shame that he had to turn down the role. From where this movie is heading so far, I'd say that this will be a BIG and fresh opening to our next Phase of the ever-expanding MCU. The future will hold many surprises for us. Can't wait. :)

Stay EPIC, my friends!
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 11:39 AM
@CoolantTek - Mmmmmm, indeed. Nice, dude. ;)
Durf - 6/22/2012, 11:42 AM
@CoolatntTek: Mmmmmm, love me some Hu

@63: What's up buddy!
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 11:50 AM







IM3, baby. It's gonna be marvelous........(no, no pun intended).
TheAbomination - 6/22/2012, 11:59 AM
That sucks. Still, I'm sure the movie will turn out great!
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 12:05 PM
@53...Thanks, man. Been a while since I've done any 'bombing article' routine. :)
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 12:11 PM
@Intruder - Hell, man, where do you get all this energy? You just keept on going, and going, and going....:P
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 12:13 PM
@Intruder - LoL. :)
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/22/2012, 12:24 PM
@Intruder - Goshdang, gotta get me some of those, someday, LoL. :)
CherryBomb - 6/22/2012, 1:43 PM
Andy Lau is HOT.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/22/2012, 1:47 PM
Natrag@ Dude the guy is A list actor in China. I dont think he has problems with money.
Fabius - 6/22/2012, 1:57 PM
Talented actor, hope he will be in the movie !
(COuld be perfect in Mandarin.)
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/22/2012, 2:08 PM
Intruder@ LOL ;)

Cable Guy is my favorite movie from Carrey.
126thst - 6/22/2012, 2:19 PM
If you're reporting the actor turned down the role, don't be lazy and leave him in listed in the movie synopsis immediately after your article.
JustinMSalvato - 6/22/2012, 3:37 PM
Someone beat me to it, but yes...

BRING ON RUSSELL WONG!

BlueDemon - 6/22/2012, 3:46 PM
Good family move but bad career move
SupermanReturns2 - 6/22/2012, 4:45 PM
I don't appreciate the racist humor. Being the fan I am of International Cinema, I believe the negative comments really show how shallow a pool some of you swim in. That being said, it is a LOSS to this production that Mr. Lau's performance will not be seen. He is a very talented actor and quite better than many of the American artists considered "A-Listers" here. He may look back and regret not taking the role, or he may be content understanding he has made his fame there. I'd never consider him a sell out. Now, nearly 40yrs later, American audiences were wrong about Bruce Lee then, and still can't acknowledge or accept real capability presently.
mgeoff88 - 6/22/2012, 5:19 PM
That sucks he had to turn down the role. It was a for a good reason though.

When they start filming in China, hopefully we'll see some sets pictures of Ben Kingsley.

I'm curious to see how The Mandarin will be adapted on the big screen.
RacerREX - 6/22/2012, 8:15 PM
For SupermanReturns2


I was recently asked about my views on euthanasia.

I said they all look the same to me.
AGENTJAY1130 - 6/22/2012, 8:48 PM
Why would he turn a role down in a movie that will generate millions? YOUR WIFE IS HAVING A BABY YOU DUMMY MAKE THE MONEY!!
JOSSWHEDON666 - 6/22/2012, 9:16 PM
Andy Lau wasn't comfortable being in an western gay biopic. I can confirm this after I blew a load in Shane Black's mouth earlier today while Stan Lee choked and ejaculated himself while watching.

Best,

- Joss.
krzfter - 6/22/2012, 10:15 PM
This really is too bad. Would have love to see him in an American cbm.

For those people who said he need this for financial reason..

He has made more movies than anyone in the world.
In Asian he is one of the top actor/singer.
He is in Guinness World of Records for winning the most awards acting, singing, etc.

I'm pretty sure he is financially secure.
EarOne - 6/23/2012, 2:31 AM
how about Chow Yun-Fat?? isn't he in the running AT ALL..?? or that guy from the G.I. Joe flick..oh, wait, he's Korean.

aw, heck! tomatoe, tomato, potatoe, potato...he looks chinese to everyone else in the world.
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