Robert Downey Jr. Talks IRON MAN 3; Praises Shane Black, Jon Favreau And Sir Ben Kingsley

Recalling Iron Man 3 director Shane Black's contribution to the first film, actor Robert Downey Jr. also praises the performances of Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsley in the action thriller. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 12/15/2012


Just hours ago, Robert Downey Jr. attended a sit-down chat at the 24 hour Cinefamily Telethon, which was streamed live. And while “opening a time capsule left for him at the theatre many years ago,” the two-time Oscar-nominated actor discussed his next outing as billionaire Tony Stark/ Marvel’s Armored Avenger in Iron Man 3. When asked about director Shane Black, Downey began:

“I adore him. I’ve been a fan of Shane Black since I saw Lethal Weapon. When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to [Star Trek Into Darkness director] J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act [of Iron Man]. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house. We couldn’t afford him, so in exchange for helping us with a few key scenes, he asked for a piece of Salmon and fresh blueberries.”

Recalling Shane's contribution, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang actor continued, “For instance, in the Iron Man scene where Tony Stark comes back from captivity and calls a press conference, and then asked everybody to sit down, the speech Stark gives all came from Shane Black. So to get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favorite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling.”

“Jon Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogun,” said Downey, after acknowledging that Favreau’s no longer in the director’s chair. “Happy has an amazing arc in this movie. In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell...which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogun...I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous. And also Sir Ben Kingsley [as the Mandarin]. Kingsley is amazing. And a lot of that had to do with the way that Shane crafted the role for Sir Ben. I think that people are gonna be not [totally] surprised, but they’re gonna be just reinvested in what a brilliant actor Kinglsey is.”

Back on the subject of Iron Man 3’s co-writer and helmer, Robert Downey Jr. concluded, “Shane Black really knows the superhero genre, but I think the main thing [that’s great about him] is that he’s always looking at complexities within complexities [and so on]. And he always likes it when a film kinda stops for a reason you can’t understand and then kinda picks up and goes in a direction you’ve never imagined. Usually when you have a straight-forward narrative, if at act 1, 2 or 3, ‘There’s Tony, Tony’s in trouble, where’s Pepper, Tony wins,’” Downey laughed. “By the time we were doing the 2nd one, I was like ‘where’s Pepper.’ Shane is just a genius!”




Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are exec producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, & is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pict.


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DEATHbyEXILE - 12/15/2012, 3:48 PM
JerBear - 12/15/2012, 3:55 PM
I like where phase 2 is going.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/15/2012, 4:08 PM
ACTION THRILLER!!!!
ManofSteel22 - 12/15/2012, 4:18 PM
I would love to go drinking with RDJ,I bet he is [frick]ing ace pissed up
marvel72 - 12/15/2012, 4:28 PM
i'm liking what i'm hearing about this movie,its gonna be an awesome start to phase 2.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/15/2012, 4:32 PM
You know the story is going to be good when even the main actor doesn't even know where the hell the story is going.

And I never knew Black helped with the first, it makes sense; I like blueberries too and salmon!

I've just become even more giddy for this film for some reason. I really don't know what the heck is gonna happen. On one end, Pepper could die, on the other, Tony could. Or even Happy OR Mandarin. But with whatever happens. It will happen hard and with consequences.

This will be my favorite Marvel film yet, I'm counting on it! And that's coming from a loser, slacker, wise-ass that's seen Avengers over 600 times.







OH! Here's a deleted scene from Avengers, it takes place right after Tony gets back to the tower from the big fight and having Shawarma with the guys...


mattattack - 12/15/2012, 4:32 PM
Can't wait for this, looks so good.
nuclearpriest - 12/15/2012, 4:40 PM
Okay, now all I'm thinking about is, exactly what specifically did J.J. Abrams write and would he be open to directing IM4.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/15/2012, 4:43 PM
Big Shout-Out to @Freshman, he's been getting all the good stories this week!


DCMarvelFreshman - 12/15/2012, 4:51 PM
@TheGambitFreak Thanks for the support! I've been trying to stay on my P's and Q's especially for the New Year.

@nuclearpriest RDJ did say what JJ contributed, but my voice recorder didn't pick it up during the live stream. So I couldn't go into detail about it for the transcription.
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/15/2012, 4:58 PM
I'm looking forward to this more than any other film next year.
OverlyManlyMan - 12/15/2012, 5:10 PM
This, Star Trek, and Pacific Rim!!!
StarkAnthony - 12/15/2012, 5:19 PM
Quick note: that deleted scene in the gif above was from Iron Man 2 from the opening where Tony jumps from the plane in case anyone was wondering
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/15/2012, 5:37 PM
@StarkAnthony Haha. I know, I was just attempting a joke.... I failed.
Deschain12 - 12/15/2012, 5:38 PM
I have a feeling this is going to top Iron Man 1. Excited.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/15/2012, 5:39 PM
@AmericanPsycho Count on it. When asked about actor replacement for Tony Stark due to his age, he said he hopes to do it until the day he dies.
Maximus101 - 12/15/2012, 5:44 PM
This movie should be amazing! This and star trek coming out in the same Month., holyyyyy shit I'm excited
blackster - 12/15/2012, 5:49 PM
As much as i love the man, and his portrayal of Tony, he does not know what an 'Act' is.

The way he defines Act One, Two, and Three up there is just a misconstrued Hollywood way of saying "beginning, middle, and end". A new Act begins every time a story is propelled into a new/different/more-complicated direction.

Iron Man Acts:
Act One - Tony's lavish, playboy life. Ends when captured.

Act Two - Tony captive. Ends when he breaks out with Mark I.

Act Three - Making changes in life, building new Iron Man armor. Ends when Obidiah turns out to be evil.

Act Four - Obidiah throws Tony's life into a spiral, by KO-ing him with the little dildo, and then breaking out his own Iron Monger and wreaking havoc. Ends when Tony saves himself and goes to save the day.

Act Five - Final battle and resolution of story.

Five Acts.
blackster - 12/15/2012, 5:51 PM
^Note: An Act can be however long or however short. It's irrelevant at what point in the story we are in. It breaks if a direction-changing event occurs, and it doesn't if such an event does not occur.
TheAbomination - 12/15/2012, 6:24 PM
This movie is gonna rule!!!
IDKwhatToChoose - 12/15/2012, 6:38 PM
well someones in trouble NEVER get into an argument with @Intruder. /me puts the mic that Intruder dropped away
blackster - 12/15/2012, 6:45 PM
@Intruder

You don't know what an Act is. Neither does RDJ.

An act break is defined by people much smarter than you or I as "a point in the story where a choice is made or an event occurs from which you cannot go back". These points can come in any frequency: Very frequently yielding a multitude of acts, or infrequently yielding fewer acts.

And what I defined were not 'Key Points'. One key point in the story is building the final Iron Man suit. Yet, I put it in Act Three with several other key points (making the announcement to shut down Stark weapons, testing out the suit against terrorists) because it served a collective purpose with them as the part of the story where Tony is making changes in his life.

An act is a series of events which serve the same general purpose in the story. Once an Act break occurs, a new series of events begin which collectively serve a new purpose. And so on and so forth.

While defining a 'Three Act Structure' you were in the same line of thinking as I was. But you broke everything down even further, and generalized and simplified. Most noticeable of them being Act 2A, and Act 2B.

Such gross oversimplifications make the definition of 'Acts' entirely irrelevant. Of course every story has a beginning chunk to introduce, an end-chunk to conclude, and something in the middle (which is unwittingly, unhelpfully, and usually just described as 'rise in action'). But at that point in the simplification process. I say, what is the point anymore? Might as well just call it 'beginning, middle, and end'. A slightly more complex approach to the Act structure, will give you a more comprehensive understanding of how a story works. And be a much more helpful guide when you yourself begin writing.


Clinging to the three act definition is why we nowadays have so many films with "problems in the second act". Why? because they grossly oversimply the process of telling the story in terms of structure, hence have no idea what to do with the plot and the characters, and tend to meander till they find their way to the final battle.

So trust me. You seem like a smart guy. If you ever get into writing, don't cling to the three-act oversimplification. It's unhelpful, and just leads to films that just meander till the climax like Iron Man 2.



Read up on Shakespeare. And look into Tarantino's films. Hell even Spider-Man 1 and 2. And Iron Man 1 like I described above. You'll have a better understanding of why the '3 act definition' is just a pointless oversimplification.
blackster - 12/15/2012, 6:56 PM
Oh, forgot to put this in there:

The way you define Acts, you're clumping Acts 2 and 3 together to form an oversimplified "Act 2". And Act 4 and 5 together to form an oversimplified "Act 3".

You too are describing a Five Act structure. So your line of thinking is the same as mine.

But by clumping together these sections of the story, you are failing to understand what an Act is. You could just call it 'beginning, middle, and end'. Every story (ok nearly every story) has a beginning, middle, and end. It's so intuitive, you don't even need to define it.

Which is why I say. Three-act structure is a gross oversimplification. Even you yourself described the Five Act structure up there as the ideal in an attempt to school me.

Five Acts. Not Three.
blackster - 12/15/2012, 6:59 PM
@IDKwhatToChoose

Am I?
Optimus83 - 12/15/2012, 7:10 PM
¡¡¡Good for Iron Man 3!!!
Kalel219 - 12/15/2012, 9:22 PM
@blackster

Sorry but Intruder really is running circles around you
Franshu - 12/15/2012, 9:26 PM
@blackster I'm a filmmaking student, and I can tell you you're all kinds of wrong. Intruder is right, on the other hand, and he has given you the reasons why.
You'd realize if the films was an exception to the rules. See "million Dollar Baby" or Forrest Gump, for instance. Those are films in which teh traditional 3-act structure is not followed, and it shows. As Intruder says you're confusing teh Hero's journey for acts..
mgeoff88 - 12/15/2012, 10:38 PM
All that sounds great. I can't wait to see RDJ suit-up again!
SageMode - 12/15/2012, 11:32 PM
This is gonna be goooooooood.
Fogs - 12/16/2012, 1:45 AM
@intruder, that ownage was remarkable sir, congrats.

About the news, nice info about shane's contribution on IM1.

And I think it's pretty safe to say Hogan's gonna die in this one.
BlackFlash - 12/16/2012, 2:36 AM
So i'm thinking the part in Avengers where Tony offers Banner blueberries was a shout out to Shane.
didich - 12/16/2012, 2:44 AM
The Man of Steel Trailer got me pretty interested, but Iron Man is probably my most anticipated film of 2013, and these interviews just make me even more excited.
cartoonpersona - 12/16/2012, 3:54 AM
it would be cool if JJ abrams directed a phase 3 movie but i cant think what he would be best suited for
elessarundomiel2382 - 12/16/2012, 5:02 AM
This has got to be the best read in all my life.....
Act 1 - A villain arises and ridicules some of the most experienced people in the business. But our hero arises to protect the dignity

Act 2 - The villain fights back but were not sure if he hero can measure up. The hero shows what he's made off. Courage and Wisdom.

Act 3 - He takes this villain back to school..........LMAO

Kyos - 12/16/2012, 5:07 AM
The next year is gonna be so awesome! :D
Masterburner - 12/16/2012, 6:35 AM
How much of a dink is blackster? What a tud-muffin.
GodzillaKart - 12/16/2012, 10:34 AM
I think IM3 is in good hands.
didich - 12/16/2012, 10:44 AM
Iron Man 3 is in really, really good hands. Man of Steel gave a 'critical hit', in the sense that the trailer was more epic (although Superman was one of my favorite characters in my childhood, so I may not have been completely objective), but Iron Man 3 is playing his cards less obviously, but as interestingly.
blackster - 12/16/2012, 11:36 AM
@Intruder

I see.

I realize what was wrong here. You and me, we are thinking of storytelling the exact same way. Read both our posts, we're describing the same general structure.

Where we were different was how we broke it down. You're using the movie method of breaking things down. Yielding 3 acts. I'm using the play method, specifically Shakespeare's method. Yielding 5 acts.

Since RDJ is talking about movies, he was right with the 3 acts there. And so were you.

I dislike breaking down structure in that manner, because it is rather unhelpful in fully understanding how to tell a story. And it shows in the real world. Hollywood is producing more failures than winners today. This is why adaptations with pre-built audiences are succeeding while original films largely go unnoticed or forgotten.

But credit's due where credit's due. And I'll do something rare online, and admit: yep, you're right.

Thanks actually for this. There was palpable hostility here, but understanding how and why we were seeing things differently just helped me crack my next project.
blackster - 12/16/2012, 11:42 AM
And,

"Okay then Shakespeare, how about you write some kick ass CBM's and pitch your 5 acts to WB or DISNEY and cast someone like RDJ and tell them they don't know what they're talking about."


Man, oh man. The irony in that one's completely killing me. But [frick] it. I love not being held accountable.

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