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Robert Downey Jr. talks Iron Man 3 details, including the boot/gauntlet scene and Rhodey's "dynamic" role

Jan. 29, 2013by: Paul Shirey

This week, Entertainment Weekly is running an exclusive interview with IRON MAN 3 star Robert Downey Jr., where he's discussing a variety of details on the upcoming superhero sequel.  Thus far, Downey Jr. discussed a key sequence in the film, writer/director Shane Black's storytelling, his "movie club" during production, and how Don Cheadle's James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot will be portrayed in the film.

On the approach to action scenes after three iterations of Iron Man movies:

"We’ve just been talking about one sequence – the top-secret name is the Boot/Glove Sequence, I can tell you that, just between you and me – it’s where Tony only has one gauntlet and one boot and he has to escape multiple captors. It’s really fun, dude. We’re taking everything from his first gauntlet test in the first movie up through the most extreme stuff we thought up for Iron Man 2 and The Avengers and pulling on all of it and making this one big, extended challenge of physics."

On the IRON MAN 3 "movie group":

"It was a group of us going to the Cineplex and blocking out a theater on the weekends and taking in John Toll [the two-time Oscar winner and Iron Man 3 cinematographer] and taking in sometimes a ton of people and sometimes less. We do something that involves movies and our love of movies…. One was [a movie that Toll shot] the Wachowskis’ film Cloud Atlas. We were impressed with how cohesive the direction was, and obviously everything that John shot was amazing. We saw Flight, which was great, and before that it was Argo, which was also kind of cool. It’s nice knowing that you can to theater every weekend and see something good. And it’s great to see what people are doing and to get excited about it."

On Don Cheadle's role as Rhodey/War Machine and his dynamic with Tony:

"Since I was just talking about Flight and Don is on my mind, I’ll start with him. Rhodey is much more in the dead center of things. He’s much more dynamic. We’ve made this decision that while Tony is a technical guy, he’s not really a trained guy. There’s a lot of fun to be had with Don because he’s really good with hardware and he’s a martial artist, so it’s been really fun exploiting this possibility of Tony having moments like the one in Avengers, like the one with Cap where he decides, “Oh screw it, he probably knows what he’s doing.” So there’s a lot of that and a lot more fun and a lot more depth to Rhodey this time around."

Pretty cool stuff.  It's great to see Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark.  In my opinion, it will be the defining role of his career, even though he's done plenty of other great projects. I just get the feeling that he loves the part and he's repeatedly shown himself to take ownership of it, which is just awesome.  He's exceptionally loyal to the brand and he acts as the frontman to the entire team of Marvel actors.  His charisma and passion for IRON MAN is enough to get me in theaters.  Not like I needed an excuse, of course, but it helps to know I'm watching someone who genuinely cares. 

IRON MAN 3 is slated to wreak havoc on May 3, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: What other Downey Jr. roles do you think help define his career? I think his Sherlock Holmes is brilliant, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was a breakthrough, and even his comedic timing in Due Date was spot on. It would seem he is in his prime at this point. Agree/Disagree?

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7:10AM on 01/30/2013

Tidbit - Less Than Zero

Less then zero. If you ever wanna see the antithesis of Tony Stark, and see a RDJ before his big personal life train wreck (from which he gloriously came back) watch a young RDJ suffer through the humiliations of his character in this movie.
Less then zero. If you ever wanna see the antithesis of Tony Stark, and see a RDJ before his big personal life train wreck (from which he gloriously came back) watch a young RDJ suffer through the humiliations of his character in this movie.
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7:28PM on 01/29/2013
A lot of what makes Robert Downey Jr so appealing as a superhero is that he isn't young. Ever since I was a kid, I always preferred heroes to be older guys between their late 30s to 50s. It has always bothered me that cartoon and movie heroes are mostly teenagers or very young people, as if that's the secret to making them relatable to young audiences. I once read an analysis of this by someone else, and they said something I agree with. I'll paraphrase what they said at the end, "Kids don't
A lot of what makes Robert Downey Jr so appealing as a superhero is that he isn't young. Ever since I was a kid, I always preferred heroes to be older guys between their late 30s to 50s. It has always bothered me that cartoon and movie heroes are mostly teenagers or very young people, as if that's the secret to making them relatable to young audiences. I once read an analysis of this by someone else, and they said something I agree with. I'll paraphrase what they said at the end, "Kids don't want to be kids." It's the same reason I like Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, Qui-Gon in Star Wars, Hellboy in Hellboy, and the same reason I like Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Even Optimus Prime is a bad ass because he's old as hell, and Peter Cullen's elderly voice is bad ass.
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8:28PM on 01/29/2013
This is a great comment. I agree completely.
This is a great comment. I agree completely.
6:03PM on 01/29/2013

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Less Than Zero & Tropic Thunder
Less Than Zero & Tropic Thunder
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4:16PM on 01/29/2013
This man is at a 'can do no wrong' point for me right now. And everything you listed there (Holmes, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is just great.
This man is at a 'can do no wrong' point for me right now. And everything you listed there (Holmes, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is just great.
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3:42PM on 01/29/2013
I have no shame in saying that through Iron Man and then Sherlock Holmes...I have man love for Robert Downey Jr. Seriously, his casting as Tony Stark...was pure genius - and is so good...I can see no other doing it. It's just icing on the cake that he clearly has a passion for the role and why I appreciate him as an actor even more. The same can be said of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine - it's just a damn shame it was Fox that came up with that and not Marvel.

Incidentally, many a year
I have no shame in saying that through Iron Man and then Sherlock Holmes...I have man love for Robert Downey Jr. Seriously, his casting as Tony Stark...was pure genius - and is so good...I can see no other doing it. It's just icing on the cake that he clearly has a passion for the role and why I appreciate him as an actor even more. The same can be said of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine - it's just a damn shame it was Fox that came up with that and not Marvel.

Incidentally, many a year ago...when Iron Man was in the development phase, I remember reading that Tom Cruise was up for the role of Stark - not sure if I read it or dreamt it. In any case, at the time, I had no problem with that choice.
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2:45PM on 01/29/2013

This...

Is going to be one badass film.
Is going to be one badass film.
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1:48PM on 01/29/2013
Extra Tidbit: Don't forget Tropic Thunder. One of the riskiest, funniest roles in recent Hollywood memory, and works precisely because of RDJ's perfect execution.
Extra Tidbit: Don't forget Tropic Thunder. One of the riskiest, funniest roles in recent Hollywood memory, and works precisely because of RDJ's perfect execution.
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12:49PM on 01/29/2013
Love these Iron Man flicks. I'm sure that I'll take some thumbs down for this, but so be it... I would say that I had a WAY better time at the theater watching the first Iron Man movie than anything that they did in The Avengers. It is definitely my favorite of all of the Marvel movies so far. Wait, does 'Blade' count?
Love these Iron Man flicks. I'm sure that I'll take some thumbs down for this, but so be it... I would say that I had a WAY better time at the theater watching the first Iron Man movie than anything that they did in The Avengers. It is definitely my favorite of all of the Marvel movies so far. Wait, does 'Blade' count?
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12:23PM on 01/29/2013
Great article. Can't wait to see this opening night. From all the buzz, I think this is going to easily be the best Iron Man yet and Downey Jr is a BIG reason why the character and the movies are so successful.
Great article. Can't wait to see this opening night. From all the buzz, I think this is going to easily be the best Iron Man yet and Downey Jr is a BIG reason why the character and the movies are so successful.
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