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Guy Pearce says he almost turned down Iron Man 3 role

07.07.2014

You may have noticed Guy Pearce doesn't appear in the biggest movies, which is why many were surprised when the actor signed on to play Aldrich Killian in IRON MAN 3. In a recent interview with Total Film, Pearce revealed he initially turned down the role, and explained why he almost passed on IRON MAN 3.

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]. 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.' 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.

Guy Pearce goes on to say IRON MAN 3 is "even better than I thought it was going to be; I think it's a great movie."

While Guy Pearce might think IRON MAN 3 is a great movie, there are others who were pretty disappointed with the third movie. I thought it was decent, however I do wish Guy Pearce had a bigger role in Marvel's Cinematic Universe since he is such a fantastic actor. It's unlikely his character will return in a future Marvel movie, so maybe Pearce will hook up with DC for one of their planned films.

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4:20AM on 07/08/2014
I would like to go back in time and turn down the opportunity to see Iron Man 3 for the first time...
I would like to go back in time and turn down the opportunity to see Iron Man 3 for the first time...
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9:02PM on 07/07/2014
Iron Man 3 isn't bad, just disappointing. And not b/c of the twist, but several other reasons as another poster pointed out below. But Pearce was good in the role that was given to him. He would have made a great Dr. Strange though.
Iron Man 3 isn't bad, just disappointing. And not b/c of the twist, but several other reasons as another poster pointed out below. But Pearce was good in the role that was given to him. He would have made a great Dr. Strange though.
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8:18PM on 07/07/2014

Seriously

Seriously, who cares? I like Guy Pearce well enough, but he played a supporting role in the film, and the character wasn't very interesting (my opinion). If this was an article about how Hugh Jackman almost passed on Wolverine or how Christian Bale originally said no to Batman, I would have been interested.
Seriously, who cares? I like Guy Pearce well enough, but he played a supporting role in the film, and the character wasn't very interesting (my opinion). If this was an article about how Hugh Jackman almost passed on Wolverine or how Christian Bale originally said no to Batman, I would have been interested.
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5:34PM on 07/07/2014

Iron Man 3 sucked! There, I said it.

Worst Marvel/Disney film since the original came out and started the Avengers build up.
Worst Marvel/Disney film since the original came out and started the Avengers build up.
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2:06PM on 07/07/2014
I'll take Iron Man 3 over 2, though I would have much rather seen Guy Pearce do Daredevil before Affleck shit all over it...
I'll take Iron Man 3 over 2, though I would have much rather seen Guy Pearce do Daredevil before Affleck shit all over it...
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1:10PM on 07/07/2014
I hated Iron Man 3. Guy Pierce is a great actor. The role and the whole film was just off.
The best parts of the movie were the Tony Stark moments when he wasn't Iron man.
The list of things that hurt this movie are long. I never felt the villain Aldrich Killian had decent motivation. I hated the Mandarin twist. Pepper Potts with Extremis saving the day was stupid. And Iron Man with all those suits flying around was stupid. Also, this film messes with the canon of the Marvel Universe in
I hated Iron Man 3. Guy Pierce is a great actor. The role and the whole film was just off.
The best parts of the movie were the Tony Stark moments when he wasn't Iron man.
The list of things that hurt this movie are long. I never felt the villain Aldrich Killian had decent motivation. I hated the Mandarin twist. Pepper Potts with Extremis saving the day was stupid. And Iron Man with all those suits flying around was stupid. Also, this film messes with the canon of the Marvel Universe in a bad way, even politically. Mandarin was an international villain, and this film also cast a president and vice president. How does that fly with the expanded Marvel Universe?
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1:02PM on 07/07/2014
Guy Pearce was pretty much the only thing good about Iron Man 3
Guy Pearce was pretty much the only thing good about Iron Man 3
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12:24PM on 07/07/2014

Glad he stayed on!

I loved Iron Man 3. Black did an awesome job on it. I loved the twist and am glad it strayed away from the typical Marvel format. Its right up with Avengers for me. The first movie where the villain genuinely seemed threatening.
I loved Iron Man 3. Black did an awesome job on it. I loved the twist and am glad it strayed away from the typical Marvel format. Its right up with Avengers for me. The first movie where the villain genuinely seemed threatening.
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11:53AM on 07/07/2014
I don't understand the people who thinks Iron Man 3 is worse than 2.
Guy Pearce was a welcome edition to the series. He made a terrifying villain.
I don't understand the people who thinks Iron Man 3 is worse than 2.
Guy Pearce was a welcome edition to the series. He made a terrifying villain.
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12:11PM on 07/07/2014
even thought you didn't read the comics - it doesn't matter. most of my negative points still stand on IM3.
Pepper saves the day in the end, his shrapnel is taken out in one second - something he couldn't do in the last 2 movies. Iron patriot is defeated so easily - the extremis guys can beat up iron man so easily (in avengers Hulk and Thor fight iron man and he's fine - I assume you count avengers in your continuity right since IM3 directly refers to it)
Guy pearce has the Edward nigma story
even thought you didn't read the comics - it doesn't matter. most of my negative points still stand on IM3.
Pepper saves the day in the end, his shrapnel is taken out in one second - something he couldn't do in the last 2 movies. Iron patriot is defeated so easily - the extremis guys can beat up iron man so easily (in avengers Hulk and Thor fight iron man and he's fine - I assume you count avengers in your continuity right since IM3 directly refers to it)
Guy pearce has the Edward nigma story line - stark didn't care about him so now he is a villain.

Mandarin - forget the comics twist - mandarin is set up as a great villain only to be made a fool of - even if he wasn't from the comics, in the movie that didn't work for me.

part 2 had its problems, but at least iron man was in the suit and not just remote controlling it - where is the suspense if iron man isn't even in the suit?

Iron man 3 isn't very good. its not a piece of garbage movie or anything and it has some nice moments for sure, but within all the other marvel movies, its the weakest.
Incredible hulk and Iron man 2 are pretty low also.
1:22PM on 07/07/2014
The only positive of Iron Man 3 was that it was better than Iron Man 2.
The only positive of Iron Man 3 was that it was better than Iron Man 2.
3:15PM on 07/07/2014
j-man, while I don't entirely disagree with you, some of the points you list for why IM3 was bad are wrong:
1) The shrapnel being taken out at the end was because of the medical advancements of the Extremis project. That's why it didn't happen until the end of IM3, and never during IM or IM2. Not that it isn't lame that the shrapnel was taken out period, just worth pointing out that this isn't a plot hole which detracts from the other 2 movies.

2) Iron Patriot being defeated so easily was
j-man, while I don't entirely disagree with you, some of the points you list for why IM3 was bad are wrong:
1) The shrapnel being taken out at the end was because of the medical advancements of the Extremis project. That's why it didn't happen until the end of IM3, and never during IM or IM2. Not that it isn't lame that the shrapnel was taken out period, just worth pointing out that this isn't a plot hole which detracts from the other 2 movies.

2) Iron Patriot being defeated so easily was because he was basically a weapon of the US government and Killian was controlling the strings of the government. So within the context of that story, it's not unbelievable how easily Iron Patriot was defeated. Also, the movie was call Iron Man, not Iron Patriot so it's not like it was expected that Don Cheadle would be the one to save the day.

Aside from that, everything else you wrote is spot on! And I agree with every single point. I think overall, Aldrich Killian as the main villain was a let down. Mostly because he was a re-tread of what was seen in the past 2 movies - genius industrialist bent on using technology for corporate control of America. It was an interesting story idea in Iron Man, kind of a re-tread in Iron Man 2, and a complete waste in Iron Man 3. After what transpired in Avengers, they had an opportunity to take Iron Man in a new and believable direction with having him face off against The Mandarin (what could have been the Mandarin from the comics). Instead, they slid back to Iron Man taking on corporate warfare.
3:22PM on 07/07/2014
@Mick - the shrapnel - cool - yeah it makes sense but its still a bit odd to have it happen so quickly in the end as though it was an afterthought.

iron patriot - cool too, only he looked so badass I wanted him to be around longer!

yeah I mean this film isn't garbage as I said, but it's a let down after Avengers and actually the first Iron Man film was really enjoyable and it holds up after repeat viewings.

I own them all on bluray so ill give iron man 3 another look and see how I
@Mick - the shrapnel - cool - yeah it makes sense but its still a bit odd to have it happen so quickly in the end as though it was an afterthought.

iron patriot - cool too, only he looked so badass I wanted him to be around longer!

yeah I mean this film isn't garbage as I said, but it's a let down after Avengers and actually the first Iron Man film was really enjoyable and it holds up after repeat viewings.

I own them all on bluray so ill give iron man 3 another look and see how I feel, but after I saw part one I started reading iron man comics again, after seeing part 3 I went back to reading Conan.
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11:52AM on 07/07/2014
Guy Pearce would make a fine older Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. And IM3 was not that bad.
Guy Pearce would make a fine older Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. And IM3 was not that bad.
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11:36AM on 07/07/2014
I enjoyed Iron Man 3, but still think the original will always be the definitive Iron Man film and one of the best entires in the Marvel Centric Universe along with Avengers, and Winter Soldier.

Pearce was one of the better parts of the film, but feel he was utterly wasted in the Marvel Universe along with Rockwell's Justin Hammer (two actors I wish would rather have bigger, more vital roles in the universe). But in the end, Pearce )makes each film he is in that much better. If he were to
I enjoyed Iron Man 3, but still think the original will always be the definitive Iron Man film and one of the best entires in the Marvel Centric Universe along with Avengers, and Winter Soldier.

Pearce was one of the better parts of the film, but feel he was utterly wasted in the Marvel Universe along with Rockwell's Justin Hammer (two actors I wish would rather have bigger, more vital roles in the universe). But in the end, Pearce )makes each film he is in that much better. If he were to do a DC role, the man would make for the perfect Riddler.
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4:36AM on 07/08/2014
lol
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11:26AM on 07/07/2014
He almost turned it down because the script was so terrible?
He almost turned it down because the script was so terrible?
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11:17AM on 07/07/2014
Terrible, terrible movie. I don't understand how anyone who is a fan liked it. Oh well.
Terrible, terrible movie. I don't understand how anyone who is a fan liked it. Oh well.
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11:22AM on 07/07/2014
you answered your own question - they are not a fan of Iron man.

The movie on its own terms is not a complete loss, but as an Iron man film - it sucks large.
you answered your own question - they are not a fan of Iron man.

The movie on its own terms is not a complete loss, but as an Iron man film - it sucks large.
11:50AM on 07/07/2014
I liked it because I'm a fan of Iron Man. The movies.
Haven't read any of the comics, but as a movie fan, I'm not obligated to do that.
I liked it because I'm a fan of Iron Man. The movies.
Haven't read any of the comics, but as a movie fan, I'm not obligated to do that.
11:13AM on 07/07/2014
He was Guy with the Dragon Tattoo! Still love Iron Man 3, still think the door is open for a "real" Mandarin after that One-shot.
He was Guy with the Dragon Tattoo! Still love Iron Man 3, still think the door is open for a "real" Mandarin after that One-shot.
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11:11AM on 07/07/2014
Couldn't give two shits about the twist, I still thought the movie was garbage
Couldn't give two shits about the twist, I still thought the movie was garbage
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10:54AM on 07/07/2014
Iron Man 3 just sucked.

Tony hardly wears the suit - he remote controls it half the time or goes around armed with a gun?
Pepper saves the day in the end?
All of Tony's suits get destroyed in 1 second by Extremis guys - yet they can withstand the force of Hulk and Thor.
Mandarin - we all know that - dont give me it added to the story - if heath ledger was the fake joker in TDK people would kill Nolan.
Iron Patriot was in the movie for 2 seconds then got incapacitated in 1 second.
His
Iron Man 3 just sucked.

Tony hardly wears the suit - he remote controls it half the time or goes around armed with a gun?
Pepper saves the day in the end?
All of Tony's suits get destroyed in 1 second by Extremis guys - yet they can withstand the force of Hulk and Thor.
Mandarin - we all know that - dont give me it added to the story - if heath ledger was the fake joker in TDK people would kill Nolan.
Iron Patriot was in the movie for 2 seconds then got incapacitated in 1 second.
His shrapnel can now be removed without killing him?

the only good thing about Iron man 3 was it made Iron man 2 look better.
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12:52PM on 07/07/2014
You sound like a 5 year old boy. "Mommy, that movie was stupid. He never wore the suit!"

Yeah, that really merits the movie being bad. The Dark Knight Rises had almost no Batman and yet that movie is fantastic. You tell a good story, and I can care less if Stark was taking a shit the whole time.
You sound like a 5 year old boy. "Mommy, that movie was stupid. He never wore the suit!"

Yeah, that really merits the movie being bad. The Dark Knight Rises had almost no Batman and yet that movie is fantastic. You tell a good story, and I can care less if Stark was taking a shit the whole time.
1:15PM on 07/07/2014
you seem like someone who cannot read.

I never said not enough iron man, I said he wasn't in the suit. He saves all those people by remote control???
that is not very exciting - he was never in danger - he jumps in and out of every suit as they are destroyed - shouldn't iron man be a bit tougher.

anyway, you come back to me on ONE point.

anyway, its fucking called iron man, so yeah I want him in the suit also. otherwise why the fuck am I watching this movie.

anyway I don't like
you seem like someone who cannot read.

I never said not enough iron man, I said he wasn't in the suit. He saves all those people by remote control???
that is not very exciting - he was never in danger - he jumps in and out of every suit as they are destroyed - shouldn't iron man be a bit tougher.

anyway, you come back to me on ONE point.

anyway, its fucking called iron man, so yeah I want him in the suit also. otherwise why the fuck am I watching this movie.

anyway I don't like being called a 5 year old - next time counter my point without resorting to insults.
you are the child here.
3:23PM on 07/07/2014
I agree with you j-man. I only watched it on a plane, and that's because the plane ride wasn't long enough to watch all of The Hobbit. The movie was very inconsistent, and for a movie called Iron Man, you want to see Iron Man. They touted the idea that the portion of the movie with just Tony Stark was supposed to be about exploring "if the man make the suit or the suit makes the man", but the whole time he's out of the suit it's about him trying to get back in the suit, so it ends up being a
I agree with you j-man. I only watched it on a plane, and that's because the plane ride wasn't long enough to watch all of The Hobbit. The movie was very inconsistent, and for a movie called Iron Man, you want to see Iron Man. They touted the idea that the portion of the movie with just Tony Stark was supposed to be about exploring "if the man make the suit or the suit makes the man", but the whole time he's out of the suit it's about him trying to get back in the suit, so it ends up being a lame plot point that doesn't really help explore anything about Tony Stark.

That being said, I disagree with 2 of your points above:

1) The shrapnel being taken out at the end was because of the medical advancements of the Extremis project. That's why it didn't happen until the end of IM3, and never during IM or IM2. Not that it isn't lame that the shrapnel was taken out period, just worth pointing out that this isn't a plot hole which detracts from the other 2 movies.

2) Iron Patriot being defeated so easily was because he was basically a weapon of the US government and Killian was controlling the strings of the government. So within the context of that story, it's not unbelievable how easily Iron Patriot was defeated. Also, the movie was called Iron Man, not Iron Patriot so it's not like it was expected that Don Cheadle would be the one to save the day.

But aside from that, everything else you said is correct. This was just a weak entry in the MCU.
3:23PM on 07/07/2014
Counter what point? That you sound a whiny child that didn't get the toy you wanted?

All of your points are completely superficial. You didn't like how the female character in the film killed the villain even though he was already all but defeated by the lead character. Did that really matter in the end? No.

You pointed out that Tony's suits were easily destroyed by Extremis, even though we are told Extremis can heat up to 3000°C when users explode. More then enough to melt metal or the
Counter what point? That you sound a whiny child that didn't get the toy you wanted?

All of your points are completely superficial. You didn't like how the female character in the film killed the villain even though he was already all but defeated by the lead character. Did that really matter in the end? No.

You pointed out that Tony's suits were easily destroyed by Extremis, even though we are told Extremis can heat up to 3000°C when users explode. More then enough to melt metal or the titanium alloy that Tony states his suits are made out of. Thor is a blunt force instrument and smacks things with a hammer. And even then, Thor easily seemed to crush Iron Man's suit with his bare hands. As for Hulk I cannot remember a moment in Avengers when he fought Iron Man, so can't say I see where you get off comparing that.

But the best part is you hate how Tony ran around without wearing his Iron Man suit, even though the 'whole' point of the movie was the fact that Tony Stark, the man, is the hero. Wearing a suit of armor doesn't make you a hero. But you seem to see right past that to the trivial shit that most people wouldn't care about. They just want to be entertained.

Again I thought Iron Man 3 was great because it got away from the cliches that the Marvel movies were starting to tend to fall towards. The same stuff you seemed to hate. So if you'd rather watch Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World and get more of the same stuff then be my guess. I'll pass.
3:44PM on 07/07/2014
I find it disturbing that someone with a Jason and the Argonauts avatar (a movie which I love) has come down to a level of calling me a child - twice now - simply because I don't agree with him. Do you see - name calling is a child's retort.

but you know what - I like being called a child - it makes me feel good because children are honest and say what they mean.

anyway thanks for the memories.
I find it disturbing that someone with a Jason and the Argonauts avatar (a movie which I love) has come down to a level of calling me a child - twice now - simply because I don't agree with him. Do you see - name calling is a child's retort.

but you know what - I like being called a child - it makes me feel good because children are honest and say what they mean.

anyway thanks for the memories.
4:52PM on 07/07/2014
You find it "disturbing"? I'm sorry but that's what you sound like to me. Not calling you a child, but your point of view is on level with one. You asked me to respond to the rest of your post about IM3 but then you reply with how butt-hurt you are when I respond to your issues and never respond to anything I said. You give all these reasons why you hate Iron Man 3, but you don't list why they bother you so much.

I love the hell out of Iron Man 3 so I'll defend it. But if you don't want to
You find it "disturbing"? I'm sorry but that's what you sound like to me. Not calling you a child, but your point of view is on level with one. You asked me to respond to the rest of your post about IM3 but then you reply with how butt-hurt you are when I respond to your issues and never respond to anything I said. You give all these reasons why you hate Iron Man 3, but you don't list why they bother you so much.

I love the hell out of Iron Man 3 so I'll defend it. But if you don't want to discuss the movie any longer then just don't respond.
6:39PM on 07/07/2014
totally agree, shit movie.
totally agree, shit movie.
7:59PM on 07/07/2014
one more round.

ok i didnt like it you did.

i gave my reasons - you think they are stupid and childish.
fine, but they are my reasons.

i knew a guy who thought gladiator sucked because the amount of food shown in the film didnt make sense with the time period. i am fucking serious. that was his reasons.

so what did i do?
i called him childish and made fun of him - NO, i said, well those are your reasons, here are mine - we can discuss our reasons, but at the end of the day i
one more round.

ok i didnt like it you did.

i gave my reasons - you think they are stupid and childish.
fine, but they are my reasons.

i knew a guy who thought gladiator sucked because the amount of food shown in the film didnt make sense with the time period. i am fucking serious. that was his reasons.

so what did i do?
i called him childish and made fun of him - NO, i said, well those are your reasons, here are mine - we can discuss our reasons, but at the end of the day i believe my reasons are justified.

i took film in university and own over 3000 movies (not burned ones, actually own) i have my own youtube channel with lots of subscribers and i have written essays on films etc and even make some.

i dont take kindly to someone insulting me over my opinion on a movie.

I didnt say "i think pepper potts is ugly and cant stand her so i hate this movie" - i actually know people who dont like the iron man series because they dont like gwyneth paltrow! that is there only reason.
i think thats a bit foolish, but it is what it is, i dont get into arguing with them and i dont insult them because they are a human being and dont deserve to be insulted over a movie!

if you dont agree with me then fine, dont. give your points and thats it.

end of line.
10:48AM on 07/07/2014
I don't hate Iron Man 3, I don't love it either. I can honestly say that my feelings have nothing to do with the twist
I don't hate Iron Man 3, I don't love it either. I can honestly say that my feelings have nothing to do with the twist
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10:42AM on 07/07/2014
Loved Iron Man 3. Really did. Fantastic work all around. I think it's a top tier MCU movie. People who got their panties in a bunch because of the twist, get over it and appreciate the movie for taking risks and not being so damn run of the mill (looking at you Iron Man 2, Thor 2).
Loved Iron Man 3. Really did. Fantastic work all around. I think it's a top tier MCU movie. People who got their panties in a bunch because of the twist, get over it and appreciate the movie for taking risks and not being so damn run of the mill (looking at you Iron Man 2, Thor 2).
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10:24AM on 07/07/2014
i really like Iron Man 3. It captures the essence of Iron Man comics - industrial espionage, Roxxon, Tony Stark & Jim Rhodes, Spymaster, etc. And Guy Pearce was a good villain.
i really like Iron Man 3. It captures the essence of Iron Man comics - industrial espionage, Roxxon, Tony Stark & Jim Rhodes, Spymaster, etc. And Guy Pearce was a good villain.
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