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Shane Black gets some help from Jon Favreau for Iron Man 3

06.13.2011

During the Hero Complex Film Festival, a screening on IRON MAN was held and after a Q&A with director Jon Favreau. Those in attendance were also treated to a surprise appearance from Robert Downey Jr. Of course the two got to talking about the third installment in the drunken adventures of Tony Stark. There is a good amount of playful banter on the subject, but Black did ask for assistance and Favreau is more than willing to do it.

Check out their convo below:

Downey Jr: Hereís the first thing I want to say. The most difficult part of making Iron Man 3 is going to be negotiating Jon Favreauís acting deal.

Favreau: If The Freak isnít in it, Iím not doing it. If Happy Hogan doesnít turn into The Freak, Iím not doing it. Hereís what happens to Happy Hogan, he marries Pepper PottsÖ

Downey Jr: Wait a minute, you want both?

Favreau: I want a love scene with Pepper Potts with my shirt on and I want to transform into The Freak.

Downey Jr. - The negotiations have begun and so far Iím in agreement on every point. Well Shane, interestingly enough, there was a point when Jon and I were stuck on an idea [with a previous film]. We were just in an exploratory phase. So I said, ĎWe should talk to Shane.í And I was like, ĎShane, we canít really pay.í And he was like, ĎBring me some salmon and some blueberries.í And we went to Yodaís house in Miracle Mile and it wound up coming in handy, particularly for a couple scenes. So what I can say about this kind of circle of life thing is Shane, as heís getting into the process [to direct Iron Man 3] and getting his sea legs and stuff, he goes, ĎWhen can we talk to Jon?í So thereís going to be this kind of conglomerate of efforts.

Favreau: And I love the franchise and Iím a big fan of Shaneís as well so hopefully I can be helpful because I want to see this thing grow and transform. And actually, when it finally landed on Shane, it was like, ĎAll right, thatís gonna be something interesting.í Especially because itís gonna be so difficult for whoever does that one because although itís Iron Man 3, the whole Avengers thingÖI guess in comics you can say that itís an individual storyline and you can break it off into a group. But in movies, itís hard not to take into consideration what just happened. What are you gonna say? ĎThey all just lost their cell phones and you canít get help?í So itís going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience.

Downey Jr. But again the toughest man of Iron Man 3 will be Jon Favreauís day rate. Itís gonna be huge and Iíll see that they pay it.

RDJ also made some funny comments on the filming of THE AVENGERS:

Downey Jr: Well, I hate everybody. [Audience laughs] Iím not talking about the cast, Iím not talking about Joss. What I mean is I tend to look at a scene and say ĎThis is absolutely impossible, we canít shoot this, itís horrible. I can tell you 10 other movies its been in, I refuse.í I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what Iíve signed on to do. So I brought that attitude, happily. I just thought ĎHow are you gonna put all of us clowns together? Heís wearing a suit, heís all jacked up, heís so and so and poor Mark Ruffalo, heís gonna out do usí. And weíre about six weeks in and I have to say Joss Whedon is nailing it. Heís so smart and so good. And itís gonna be great. I canít believe I just said it, I never couldíve believed this but itís gonna be great.

Source: /Film

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6:13PM on 06/13/2011

cool beans

can't wait to see how either film turns out. Hope Cap is good, Thor was alright.
can't wait to see how either film turns out. Hope Cap is good, Thor was alright.
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6:22PM on 06/13/2011
I'm interested to see how the first post-Avengers superhero movie does. I think if you focus on the Iron Man characters: Stark, Rhodes,and Potts and have a villian who puts up more than a 3-minute fight, it could be as good or better than the first movie. I didn't think Iron Man 2 was the disappointment some made it out to be, but it could benefit from leaving out the Shield/Avengers subplots.
I'm interested to see how the first post-Avengers superhero movie does. I think if you focus on the Iron Man characters: Stark, Rhodes,and Potts and have a villian who puts up more than a 3-minute fight, it could be as good or better than the first movie. I didn't think Iron Man 2 was the disappointment some made it out to be, but it could benefit from leaving out the Shield/Avengers subplots.
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6:27PM on 06/13/2011

for some reason...

I thought Jon Favreau and RDJ didn't get along and that's part of why RDJ dropped out of Cowboys and Aliens. Glad to see I was mistaken. I'm super excited to see what Shane Black does with iron man. If he brings half the A-game he brought with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 could give the first a run for its money.
I thought Jon Favreau and RDJ didn't get along and that's part of why RDJ dropped out of Cowboys and Aliens. Glad to see I was mistaken. I'm super excited to see what Shane Black does with iron man. If he brings half the A-game he brought with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 could give the first a run for its money.
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7:33PM on 06/13/2011
They didn't get along - I think Nikki Fincke reported that a while ago. They were fine at first but there was tension on the set of Iron Man 2 and Downey, Jr. apparently blamed Favreau for the movie, which Downey reportedly wasn't happy with. Those familiar with Downey's deprecating sense of humour will probably pick up on the small digs at Favs here (like the costs of having him return to act in IM3). Downey also didn't like Galifianakis and made similar quips about him during the promotion of
They didn't get along - I think Nikki Fincke reported that a while ago. They were fine at first but there was tension on the set of Iron Man 2 and Downey, Jr. apparently blamed Favreau for the movie, which Downey reportedly wasn't happy with. Those familiar with Downey's deprecating sense of humour will probably pick up on the small digs at Favs here (like the costs of having him return to act in IM3). Downey also didn't like Galifianakis and made similar quips about him during the promotion of "Due Date."
7:34PM on 06/13/2011

Hmm...

Downey saying that there are scenes in Avengers that he's seen in "ten other movies" doesn't seem to bode well, but he could just be joking around? Always hard to tell.
Downey saying that there are scenes in Avengers that he's seen in "ten other movies" doesn't seem to bode well, but he could just be joking around? Always hard to tell.
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8:02PM on 06/13/2011
I got to speak with Shane Black at the Omaha Film Festival a few months back, and he seems excited for Iron Man 3. He admitted that he's not used to the comic book world. His conference with writer Ted Griffin was a battle of wits.
I got to speak with Shane Black at the Omaha Film Festival a few months back, and he seems excited for Iron Man 3. He admitted that he's not used to the comic book world. His conference with writer Ted Griffin was a battle of wits.
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8:41PM on 06/13/2011
Best news here is that Favs is going to offer a helping hand. Even though not producing, probably like Bryan Singer helped Vaughn with X-Men First Class. With two classic films under the belt, that can only be a good thing.
Best news here is that Favs is going to offer a helping hand. Even though not producing, probably like Bryan Singer helped Vaughn with X-Men First Class. With two classic films under the belt, that can only be a good thing.
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10:42PM on 06/13/2011
Even better news that Joss Whedon is actually making the Avengers with all those actors. Amazing. They should just make two films while they're at it.
Even better news that Joss Whedon is actually making the Avengers with all those actors. Amazing. They should just make two films while they're at it.
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11:29PM on 06/13/2011
If Downey Jr. and Black bring the chemistry again to this that they had in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" then "Iron Man 3" has potential to be the best Iron Man movie out of the trilogy.

Would love to see Val Kilmer get casted just because of how great Kilmer is and how great his chemistry was with Downey Jr. in that movie.
If Downey Jr. and Black bring the chemistry again to this that they had in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" then "Iron Man 3" has potential to be the best Iron Man movie out of the trilogy.

Would love to see Val Kilmer get casted just because of how great Kilmer is and how great his chemistry was with Downey Jr. in that movie.
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8:48PM on 06/14/2011
@ The Shred Dude

Are you and a few others here just completely blind? Can you not see I am merely sarcastically responding to The_Soloist's constant assertions that Stallone should be in everything, etc? Either you're blind, biased or you're a selective reader.
@ The Shred Dude

Are you and a few others here just completely blind? Can you not see I am merely sarcastically responding to The_Soloist's constant assertions that Stallone should be in everything, etc? Either you're blind, biased or you're a selective reader.
12:20PM on 06/14/2011
Thanks The Shred Dude. Nice avatar too.
Thanks The Shred Dude. Nice avatar too.
12:03PM on 06/14/2011
Balboa, SHUT THE FUCK UP with the Matt Damon thing already! You're not funny.
Balboa, SHUT THE FUCK UP with the Matt Damon thing already! You're not funny.
1:13AM on 06/14/2011
Like totally, omgz!!!11!111 Maybe Matt Damon will play the villain this time around! That would like totally frickin' rock!
Like totally, omgz!!!11!111 Maybe Matt Damon will play the villain this time around! That would like totally frickin' rock!
2:39AM on 06/14/2011
that picture is classic. I would love to have been in that restaurant when it was taken.
that picture is classic. I would love to have been in that restaurant when it was taken.
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3:47PM on 06/14/2011
nice to see Favreu is all up for collaboration with the new director, this should be pretty awsome!
nice to see Favreu is all up for collaboration with the new director, this should be pretty awsome!
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