Robert Downey Jr. Shares More IRON MAN 3 Thoughts
Now asserting that the superhero threequel goes back to its “comic-book roots,” Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. discusses doing his own stunts, his ankle injury, The Mandarin and more.
UK’s first weekly lad magazine, Nuts, recently spoke with Robert Downey Jr. in anticipation of next summer’s much-awaited Iron Man 3 techno-thriller. The ‘Tony Stark’ actor was first questioned how tough was principal photography, which wrapped this month, to which Downey replied, “I’ve always said that while I’m physically able, I want to do all my own stunts in the movies that I make. I want the audience to sit there, thinking, ‘was he really stupid enough to attempt that?’ I actually hurt my ankle in a stunt and filming was shut down for a few days.”
Director and co-writer Shane Black had previously proclaimed his entry to the Iron Man franchise is considered an international, crisis thriller. That classification being much different from the 2010 sequel, Robert Downey Jr. asserts, “I think Shane’s gone for a dark feel in this movie. It’s a lot grittier and goes back to its comic-book roots. It’s shaped into a really special movie - and Shane as been instrument in that.”
About his antagonist, the Ten Rings terrorist leader, The Mandarin, and his portrayal by Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Downey declares, “I always think there's something more terrifying about a villain who's a genius, as opposed to just relying on strength or ability. We all know what a fantastic actor Ben Kingsley is, and he pulls off the evil genius with real terrifying results.”
Lastly, Robert Downey Jr. was facetiously asked what would he do if he had the actual Iron Man suit for just a day, in which the two-time Academy Award-nominated actor replied, “You know, you guys are probably looking for a really cool answer, but I live in Malibu and traffic getting into LA can be crazy. I'd use it just to fly straight into the city for a meeting or dinner.”
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, & is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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