Guy Pearce Initially Turned Down IRON MAN 3 Role

Guy Pearce Initially Turned Down IRON MAN 3 Role

His reason is not at all surprising and one that is now expected of Marvel Studios, but Guy Pearce revealed during a recent interview that he almost turned down his Iron Man 3 role as Aldrich Killian.

Guy Pearce recently explained to Total Film magazine that he previously "fought to keep away from the bigger films," including roles in Daredevil and Batman Begins, because he foresaw "corners getting cut off" and/or he just wasn't taken by the project offered. Obviously, the English-Australian actor made an exception for Marvel's Iron Man 3, and admits it was "very much" fun to play the villain Aldrich Killian, but the Shane Black-directed actioner was almost another film he passed on. 

"My agent was certainly very excited by the prospect of Iron Man 3, and I knew it would be seen by a lot more people [than my previous films did]," said Guy Pearce, when asked why he was intrigued by the Marvel film... at first. "But for me, it was just a case of going, 'Well, this will be fun. I like Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow and I like what they did before." He continued, "When I watched the first one, I thought, 'Wow, there's something different here.' Shane [Black], who directed the third, had been a fan of mine, apparently. He called up and I had a meeting with him and he said, 'We're not allowed to give you the script but I can tell you all about it.' He ran me through the whole story over lunch. It sounded really interesting. But I did end up saying to my agent, 'I'm not going to do this movie until they show me the script.' And my agent went [sharp intake of breath], 'They really don't want to show you the script.' So I said I wasn't going to do it. They sent me the script via link. You have two hours to read it before your computer blows up! And it was fine - it was exactly what we'd talked about." So, over a year after the film was released, what does Guy Pearce think of Iron Man 3 now? "It's even better than I thought it was going to be; I think it's a great movie," he answered. Coincidentally, it was revealed recently that Mark Ruffalo almost turned down The Avengers also because Marvel wasn't willing to show him the script before signing on. What do you think?

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Abary - 7/6/2014, 3:49 PM
I would have turned it down too. The movie sucked.
3DWitchHunt - 7/6/2014, 3:51 PM

Couldve been such a memorable villain...
UGN - 7/6/2014, 3:52 PM
It was a good movie. Haters can hate, it's a fun movie to watch.
DeusExSponge - 7/6/2014, 3:53 PM
I liked Iron Man 3, now can someone escort me out of this article before I get mauled to death?
batz11 - 7/6/2014, 3:54 PM
I liked Pearce too...
DCMarvelFreshman - 7/6/2014, 3:55 PM
@TheAbaryMan369 I felt the same way when I saw it in theaters, but seeing at home (without an audience laughing at every gag) helped me see it for the great film it really is.
DrunkenNukem - 7/6/2014, 3:55 PM
He is a good actor..shame i dont like the movie, but the acting its solid...even from the drunk Gandhi
MrReese - 7/6/2014, 3:57 PM
shittiest mcu film 2 date.
batz11 - 7/6/2014, 3:58 PM
What the [frick] dio lmao...
ATrueHero1987 - 7/6/2014, 3:59 PM
I really like IM3, I still watch it till this day. :)
SageMode - 7/6/2014, 3:59 PM
Wonder why they wanted to hold out on the script though. But I'm glad he accepted the role.

BTW, Generally positive critical reception and $1.2billion at the box office.....yes, the haters can hate. Too bad for the immediate uber Mandarin fans and humor despisers.
DeusExSponge - 7/6/2014, 4:00 PM
MrReese - I respectfully disagree, IMO Thor TDW is the weakest MCU to date. Still shocked that some actually think that it's an improvement over the first Thor. I can see why some people do, but I also have to respectfully disagree with that notion.
XF14 - 7/6/2014, 4:01 PM
Freakin Time Machine was a better movie...
Desrow - 7/6/2014, 4:02 PM
"I would have turned it down too. The movie sucked."

SuperCat - 7/6/2014, 4:06 PM
What @ MrReese said.
DaVinci31 - 7/6/2014, 4:06 PM
"It's even better than I thought it was going to be; I think it's a great movie"

DefcoN - 7/6/2014, 4:06 PM
Well, he's not wrong. It's a great movie. Controversial, sure, but great.
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/6/2014, 4:07 PM
If they asked me to be in a Marvel movie, I'd just say yes and I wouldn't ask for anything!!! I wouldn't even care if they'd give me the script the day before we started filming!

But I'm not an actress... Yet :P
DrunkenNukem - 7/6/2014, 4:08 PM
"Freakin Time Machine was a better movie..."

That´s going too far...seriously...time machine sucked ass...
Humperdink - 7/6/2014, 4:08 PM
I liked Iron Man 3.
It was awesome.
SuperCat - 7/6/2014, 4:09 PM
YEAH! Flame War!

Ruffus - 7/6/2014, 4:10 PM
Just gonna say it. I enjoy the movie. It has issues but overall it's good.
pickleweasel2 - 7/6/2014, 4:11 PM
Should have followed through, movie is pure trash
HeavensWarrior - 7/6/2014, 4:12 PM
Thor 2 is the worst marvel solo movie,then iron man 3 follows...Ranked from best to worst marvel SOLO movies

1.Iron man 1
2.Captain america 2
3.The incredible hulk
4.Thor 1
5.Iron man 2
6.Captain america 1
7.Iron man 3
8.Thor 2

the avengers is in between captain america 2 and the incredible hulk
MrBlackJack - 7/6/2014, 4:12 PM
I liked him in the role. Really underrated actor IMO.
batz11 - 7/6/2014, 4:12 PM
LeeroyJenkins - 7/6/2014, 4:14 PM
it wasn't worse than iron man 2
Superman8 - 7/6/2014, 4:15 PM
very very very creepily ironic. I just finished watching IM3.
And what a piece of shit it is every time. Hated it in theaters, hate it now.
Platinum - 7/6/2014, 4:15 PM
I think he nailed the nerdy Killian for the few minutes he was in. Sucks he won't be coming back.
MrBlackJack - 7/6/2014, 4:16 PM
Billy Crudup is an actor I really like, but he's rarely in anything anymore.
LIO - 7/6/2014, 4:16 PM
everything wrong wity Iron man 3

McNyagano - 7/6/2014, 4:17 PM
Loved the film.

MrBlackJack - 7/6/2014, 4:17 PM
I'd call Crudup underrated, but he isn't even in enough to deserve that.
SuperCat - 7/6/2014, 4:18 PM
He was my first pick for Vision.
Superman8 - 7/6/2014, 4:18 PM
Daring a terrorist to come to his house then being totally unprepared when he shows up.
The suits that fall apart/don't work.
The awful dialogue.
How a good chunk of the movie is spent with Tony wandering around Tennessee with a kid.
Obviously the Mandarin fakeout shit.
The fire breathing dragons.
Pepper wearing suits/being infected with extremis.
Blowing up all the suits.
Losing the chest piece.

I could go on.
batz11 - 7/6/2014, 4:18 PM
Lol, no way? Really?
MrBlackJack - 7/6/2014, 4:19 PM
James McAvoy has got to be the most underappreciated out there, and Sam Rockwell is hands down the most underrated. I'm not completely sure what the difference is between underappreciated and underrated, but I know there is one.
dickmastaflex - 7/6/2014, 4:20 PM
i always like the movie and it has much better replay value then some other movies in the marvel universe
ruadh - 7/6/2014, 4:20 PM
Also liked IM3.
Dustellar - 7/6/2014, 4:20 PM
Iron Man 3 is great... Iron Man 2 is SHIT!
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