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Jon Favreau almost cast Sam Rockwell as Iron Man?

04.08.2010

Jon Favreau has begun the massive promotional tour for IRON MAN 2 that will run from now until right up to the May 7th release and in one of his first full interviews on the film, he got talking about Sam Rockwell, who stars as the villainous Justin Hammer. Hammer is a fierce rival of Tony Stark's and uses the sudden appearance of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) to help bring down Stark and his empire. But it was almost a completely different role that Favreau wanted Rockwell to play: Iron Man himself.

As Favreau tells it, Rockwell was on his very short list of actors he wanted to play Tony Stark/Iron Man. Says Favs, "There was some things he would bring to the role that would have been great. Sam is very charismatic and when I was looking at the character there was a list and he had a spot on it, which might have surprised some people."

Of course also on that list was Robert Downey, Jr. who probably won out because of simple name recognition. But it just goes to show that there are different types of actors out there for superhero roles besides the same few guys over and over again. Part of IRON MAN's manic success was the casting of Downey which, at the time, was an unexpected choice. I'm not sure Rockwell will have a chance to play his own superhero but I'd love to see another director give him a shot.

Extra Tidbit: Sam Rockwell as Ant-Man?
Source: LA Times

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5:46AM on 04/10/2010

sam is the...

fuckin man, hitchhikers' guide was fucking hilarious
fuckin man, hitchhikers' guide was fucking hilarious
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6:15PM on 04/09/2010
Sam Rockwell for The Creeper, no matter how unlikely that movie is
Sam Rockwell for The Creeper, no matter how unlikely that movie is
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9:14AM on 04/09/2010
I am not a huge fan of Sam Rockwell, but I think Robert Downey Jr., is a better choice for THIS movie. At the same time, I think Sam Rockwell deserves his own comic book hero..and soon!
I am not a huge fan of Sam Rockwell, but I think Robert Downey Jr., is a better choice for THIS movie. At the same time, I think Sam Rockwell deserves his own comic book hero..and soon!
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11:51PM on 04/08/2010
Call me crazy, but the first thing that came to mind was Lobo. It might be from that awesome 'stache that Sam is rockin' in the pic. How about Deadpool? I'd like that better than Ryan Reynolds...
Call me crazy, but the first thing that came to mind was Lobo. It might be from that awesome 'stache that Sam is rockin' in the pic. How about Deadpool? I'd like that better than Ryan Reynolds...
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8:56PM on 04/08/2010
I could dig Sam playing Hank Pym. As far as Riddler, no. I'm kinda leaning towards Michael C. Hall as Riddler.
I could dig Sam playing Hank Pym. As far as Riddler, no. I'm kinda leaning towards Michael C. Hall as Riddler.
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5:46PM on 04/08/2010

Downey IS Stark, but Rockwell would've been damn good too....

It really just now dawned on my how close IM2 really is.

Fuck. Yes.
It really just now dawned on my how close IM2 really is.

Fuck. Yes.
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5:45PM on 04/08/2010
I remember reading way back when that Sam was lobbying hard for The Joker. That might have been awesome. Anyhoo, him for The Riddler would be an excellent choice.

Oh, go peep out 'Clownhouse'...he's such a dick in that. lol
I remember reading way back when that Sam was lobbying hard for The Joker. That might have been awesome. Anyhoo, him for The Riddler would be an excellent choice.

Oh, go peep out 'Clownhouse'...he's such a dick in that. lol
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1:21PM on 04/08/2010
Ha! The picture of Rockwell as IM in the article just gets me.

Rockwell "rocks well" (:P) with me.
Ha! The picture of Rockwell as IM in the article just gets me.

Rockwell "rocks well" (:P) with me.
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1:18PM on 04/08/2010
I actually could ahve seen this work, Rockwell is an incredibly talented dude and would have pulled it off just Downey Jr did.
I actually could ahve seen this work, Rockwell is an incredibly talented dude and would have pulled it off just Downey Jr did.
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1:18PM on 04/08/2010
Rockwell deserves a better superhero than Ant-Man if he gets his own.
Rockwell deserves a better superhero than Ant-Man if he gets his own.
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1:02PM on 04/08/2010
I remember reading about this a while back but he didn't get it because the studios didn't think he could pull it off. Always playing it safe.

But honestly, whatever gets the man work and puts him out there for the public to finally realize he's the best actor working today is fine by me.

He does have Betty Anne Waters coming out with the Swank, so I'm sure Fox Searchlight will actually campaign for him unlike the inept marketing team at Sony Classics.
I remember reading about this a while back but he didn't get it because the studios didn't think he could pull it off. Always playing it safe.

But honestly, whatever gets the man work and puts him out there for the public to finally realize he's the best actor working today is fine by me.

He does have Betty Anne Waters coming out with the Swank, so I'm sure Fox Searchlight will actually campaign for him unlike the inept marketing team at Sony Classics.
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12:47PM on 04/08/2010
Its good to know that if RDJ didnt get it Sam Rockwell would have. I think he could have done a great job.
Its good to know that if RDJ didnt get it Sam Rockwell would have. I think he could have done a great job.
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12:30PM on 04/08/2010

I'm sure I'll get the excuses....

"Well, Chris Evans was Human Torch and now he's Capt. America!" Yes, but that's because his contract expired with "Fantastic Four" and also they're rebooting it at Fox.

"But Ben Foster and Rebecca Romijin were both in Punisher and X-Men." True, but Foster was Spacker Dave who was covered in lip and ear piercings and Rebecca was Mystique who is well... blue. So, they could play different characters. However, Punisher got rebooted so Joan, Bumpo, and Spacker Dave will probably get rebooted
"Well, Chris Evans was Human Torch and now he's Capt. America!" Yes, but that's because his contract expired with "Fantastic Four" and also they're rebooting it at Fox.

"But Ben Foster and Rebecca Romijin were both in Punisher and X-Men." True, but Foster was Spacker Dave who was covered in lip and ear piercings and Rebecca was Mystique who is well... blue. So, they could play different characters. However, Punisher got rebooted so Joan, Bumpo, and Spacker Dave will probably get rebooted too or remade in the next few years. And if you remember, Mystique in human form wore a black wig so Marvel made sure that the actors who were playing those characters weren't like, "Wait... they look the same!"
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12:41PM on 04/08/2010
Your logic to dismiss those excuses show that you dont understand why people claim Rockwell cant be Ant-Man.
Your logic to dismiss those excuses show that you dont understand why people claim Rockwell cant be Ant-Man.
12:27PM on 04/08/2010
Rockwell would make a good ant-man but it's not just about him playing another marvel character, the problem is that now all of these avengers characters are in the same universe. So my problem would be in the fact that he would be 2 separate characters in this universe, if he wants to go be in X-Men or spiderman or whatever, have at it.
Rockwell would make a good ant-man but it's not just about him playing another marvel character, the problem is that now all of these avengers characters are in the same universe. So my problem would be in the fact that he would be 2 separate characters in this universe, if he wants to go be in X-Men or spiderman or whatever, have at it.
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12:20PM on 04/08/2010

RIDDLER

I have no problem with him being a different marvel character, but I agree with MoviezAreMyLife, he would make a fantastic Riddler
I have no problem with him being a different marvel character, but I agree with MoviezAreMyLife, he would make a fantastic Riddler
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12:00PM on 04/08/2010

How can Sam Rockwell be Ant-Man and Justin Hammer?

Seriously people... how can that be? He'd have to get a role as a D.C. superhero instead. Although, Rockwell would make a great Riddler. Just saying.
Seriously people... how can that be? He'd have to get a role as a D.C. superhero instead. Although, Rockwell would make a great Riddler. Just saying.
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11:39AM on 04/08/2010
I guess we're all just big Sam Rockwell fans here. would have loved to see him as iron man, not that i dislike RDJ, or the first movie for that matter.
I guess we're all just big Sam Rockwell fans here. would have loved to see him as iron man, not that i dislike RDJ, or the first movie for that matter.
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11:05AM on 04/08/2010
I'm glad they make Justin Hammer to be in the same age range with Tony Stark; to give him a same range of rival. And Sam Rockwell is going to be great in it. Although the trailer didn't show much of that, I'm sure he can pull it off. But if Rockwell had been Iron Man, that would have been awesome.
I'm glad they make Justin Hammer to be in the same age range with Tony Stark; to give him a same range of rival. And Sam Rockwell is going to be great in it. Although the trailer didn't show much of that, I'm sure he can pull it off. But if Rockwell had been Iron Man, that would have been awesome.
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10:37AM on 04/08/2010

My Choice for Iron Man?

Paul PIG VOMIT Giamatti. He would have made a great fat and sloppy Tony Stark.
Paul PIG VOMIT Giamatti. He would have made a great fat and sloppy Tony Stark.
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10:02AM on 04/08/2010
Wow...to what could have been I guess. Of course RDJ gave a phenomenal performance as Tony Stark.

Rockwell is an amazing actor and def. deserves bigger roles. His performance as Wild Bill in "The Green Mile" is still my favorite Rockwell character.
Wow...to what could have been I guess. Of course RDJ gave a phenomenal performance as Tony Stark.

Rockwell is an amazing actor and def. deserves bigger roles. His performance as Wild Bill in "The Green Mile" is still my favorite Rockwell character.
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9:52AM on 04/08/2010
Thumbs up for all things Rockwell.
My question is - why does Sam Worthington get so many HUGE roles and Sam Rockwell not? My only guess... God got his Sams mixed up.

No disrespect to Worthington
Thumbs up for all things Rockwell.
My question is - why does Sam Worthington get so many HUGE roles and Sam Rockwell not? My only guess... God got his Sams mixed up.

No disrespect to Worthington
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11:21AM on 04/08/2010
I can't imagine Rockwell taking the same kinds of roles as Worthington. Besides, while stateside Worthington is new, Rockwell is probably more recognizable even to the masses, if only in a "that guy" capacity.
I can't imagine Rockwell taking the same kinds of roles as Worthington. Besides, while stateside Worthington is new, Rockwell is probably more recognizable even to the masses, if only in a "that guy" capacity.
4:07PM on 04/09/2010
Agreed. not what I meant. I def don't want to see Rockwell in Terminator/Clash of the Titans mode. I just mean he's more impressive to me than Worthington.
Agreed. not what I meant. I def don't want to see Rockwell in Terminator/Clash of the Titans mode. I just mean he's more impressive to me than Worthington.
9:31AM on 04/08/2010
Well, I think we pretty much already all knew that.
Well, I think we pretty much already all knew that.
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8:53AM on 04/08/2010
Sam Rockwell is amazing. I'm so surprised that he isn't more famous. He's got to be one of the most charismatic actors out there. He's contagious and I truly hope we get to see much more of him and soon. Ant-Man and Rockwell would be great it my books. Better than great.
Sam Rockwell is amazing. I'm so surprised that he isn't more famous. He's got to be one of the most charismatic actors out there. He's contagious and I truly hope we get to see much more of him and soon. Ant-Man and Rockwell would be great it my books. Better than great.
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