Robert Downey Jr. Reflects On IRON MAN; Shane Black Hints At Movies Post-IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. Reflects On IRON MAN; Shane Black Hints At Movies Post-IRON MAN 3

While Robert Downey Jr. looks back on his audition for his first outing as Tony Stark in Iron Man, the director of the third installment shares thoughts on a fourth potential film. Check it out!



In anticipation of his third solo outing as Marvel's Golden Avenger, Robert Downey Jr. has graced the covers of Esquire and French magazine Premiere. Looking back on his audition for the original Iron Man film, which launched Marvel Studios' shared universe, Downey told Esquire that, “I think Iron Man wound up being the first time I screen-tested since Chaplin. As far as I was concerned, it was destiny,” the actor admitted. “Now, I can't tell you how many people are sitting around with the cold, hard evidence that it wasn't. I just wasn't going to let lack of perseverance, lack of preparation, or lack of prayer get in the way. I just went crazy — in a good way. And suddenly it occurred to me, Oh my God, Stan Lee might not know this, but everything he created has all been leading to this moment. It's me. Then I thought, Hold on a second, dude, is this just some sort of neurotic personality meltdown happening here? And then I thought, Nah, that feels different.”

Meanwhile, an excerpt from Premiere reveals thoughts from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black about future installments. “I have the feeling that the story that we have developed for Iron Man 3 actually concluded a trilogy, while [also] leaving the door open to a fourth. I had a lot of discussions on this subject: "Is that it is the last Iron Man for Robert? " . Something tells me that it will not be the case, and will be seen in a fourth, or fifth ... But I can be a little excited.”

Recalling when he first approached to helm Iron Man 3, Shane Black continued, “When Marvel hires a director, the script of the film is generally already written. Except that they had someone who is a writer at the base ... This was a problem at first, because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write Iron Man 3. I was like, "But I do not need this Drew Pierce, what's the story?" (laughs) I finally agreed to meet him, and it was immediately heard. Today I am not only a fan of Drew Pierce, but I've also become a friend. He came [to my] home everyday, we asked our leaf and our pencil and brainstorming from morning to night. The script was really written for four hands. Excellent collaboration because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write.”


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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 executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Marvel Studios will also release “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; the sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!
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