Robert Downey Jr. has been and will always be Marvel Studios’ greatest marketing tool for the Iron Man and Avengers films, he’s just THAT charismatic.  He’s Hollywood’s ultimate hype man.  Nothing proves this better than what Downey Jr. has been … Continue reading

Surprised? Robert Downey Jr. Gushes Over ‘Iron Man 3′

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Robert Downey Jr. has been and will always be Marvel Studios’ greatest marketing tool for the Iron Man and Avengers films, he’s just THAT charismatic.  He’s Hollywood’s ultimate hype man.  Nothing proves this better than what Downey Jr. has been saying about next summer’s Iron Man 3.
On writer/director Shane Black:
“I adore him. I’ve been a fan of Shane Black since I saw Lethal Weapon. When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to [Star Trek Into Darkness director] J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act [of Iron Man]. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house. We couldn’t afford him, so in exchange for helping us with a few key scenes, he asked for a piece of Salmon and fresh blueberries.”
On one of those key scenes:

“For instance, in the Iron Man scene where Tony Stark comes back from captivity and calls a press conference, and then asked everybody to sit down, the speech Stark gives all came from Shane Black. So to get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favorite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling.”

On Jon Favreau:
“Jon Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogun. Happy has an amazing arc in this movie. In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell…which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogun…I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous.
On Sir Ben Kingsley:
“And also Sir Ben Kingsley [as the Mandarin]. Kingsley is amazing. And a lot of that had to do with the way that Shane crafted the role for Sir Ben. I think that people are gonna be not [totally] surprised, but they’re gonna be just reinvested in what a brilliant actor Kingsley is.”

Back on Shane Black:
“Shane Black really knows the superhero genre, but I think the main thing [that’s great about him] is that he’s always looking at complexities within complexities [and so on]. And he always likes it when a film kinda stops for a reason you can’t understand and then kinda picks up and goes in a direction you’ve never imagined. Usually when you have a straight-forward narrative, if at act 1, 2 or 3, ‘There’s Tony, Tony’s in trouble, where’s Pepper, Tony wins.By the time we were doing the 2nd one, I was like ‘where’s Pepper.’ Shane is just a genius!”
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    Sounds like they picked the right person to direct. Also sounds like he didn’t have a hand in a few key scenes for Iron Man 2, which is probably why it was all over the place.