IRON MAN 3: Shane Black On Pepper Potts/Killian Deleted Sex Scene, Tony Using A Gun & More
This past Tuesday, director Shane Black and screenwriter Drew Pearce, discussed Iron Man 3 at the Los Angeles Film School. They chatted about a scraped sex scene between Killian and Pepper, as well as Tony's use of a firearm, and the Ten Rings.
Last May, Black and Pearce on an Empire podcast, they discussed a scene that was cut from the film, that would've involved a sex scene between Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts and Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. During Tuesday's event at the Los Angeles Film School Black expounded on that scraped idea. The original plan was to have Aldrich subject Pepper Potts to extremis, which in turn would create a sexual connection between the two. There tryst would be recorded and then broadcast while Tony is shopping for goods to make homemade weapons.
"I liked this notion that when they were juiced, they became this preternatural, proto-superhumans, that they developed this pheromonal appeal to people around them," Black said. "That it was such a draw that he would actually steal Tony Stark's woman, pheromonally."
"The second-to-last draft, before we started filming, there was still this idea that Pepper ended up having sex with Killian, and then he broadcast the sex tape in Home Depot," Pearce said. "Oddly, Marvel, not so keen."
Black also commented on a controversy, that I didn't know was a controversy: Tony using a gun? Apparently that irked some fans. I don't know why, but that seems pretty nit-picky.
"I don't give a shit about how many times Tony Stark pulls a trigger on a gun," he said, bluntly. "Marvel can rein me in all they want, but I'm not going to go to Marvel and say, 'How can I make your hero less realistic and more heroic so it suits Disney's needs?' That's not my job."
Lastly, Black and Pearce were asked about the Trevor/Mandarin twist, as the moderator approached the possibility of a “trick within a trick” scenario in which Trevor really does end up as the Mandarin.
"Is it really worth it?" Black asked in reply. "I think there's definitely evidence in the Marvel Universe the Ten Rings are a real organization that were co-opted by Killian," Pearce added. "What that means is out there, and whether Trevor has anything to do with that, we may never know. Or maybe we will."
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?
Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black, from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce. The film opened in theaters May 3, 2013. It stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Virginia Potts), Don Cheadle (Col. James Rhodes), and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.
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