From the moment he stepped into frame as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and told Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark (and essentially moviegoers, as well) “It’s me and I’m here, so get over it and move on,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been 100% behind Don Cheadle as War Machine. He was great in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, and the worst part of his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it was all too brief. Now, fans are looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and, according to Cheadle, Rhodey plays a “pivotal” role in the film. You can find out what he had to say recently at the Sundance Film Festival, but first a word of caution: While this article doesn’t contain any confirmed spoilers from Civil War, those wishing to remain completely oblivious to the film until they see it should stop reading now.
As the release of the third film in the Iron Man franchise, aptly titled Iron Man 3, looms ever nearer, people are beginning to talk a bit more freely about the details of the movie. As if there haven’t already been enough spoilers, some folks just seem keen to add even more to the mix. This time around, it’s Kevin Feige and Guy Pearce. If you feel so inclined, check out what they have to say below (after the jump).
Warning! If for some reason you forgot to read the title of this piece, there are *spoilers* ahead.
Since we here at Nerd Bastards know that you’re all getting antsy for Iron Man 3 to finally hit the big screen, we shall attempt to alleviate some of the pain by bringing to you a bit of chit-chat from several of the personalities involved. If you need your daily Iron Man 3 fix, here it is, featuring the holy words of Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black, Kevin Feige and Rebecca Hall. Enjoy.
Robert Downey Jr. talking about director Black’s particular style and bringing it to Iron Man 3:
It’s a hallmark of the Shane Black [scripts] since the beginning of his career and it’s been really fun to bring that to Tony Stark’s world.
About one of his favorite action sequences in the new flick:
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.
And about Rhodey’s place in the new film:
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.
Now we move on to the director himself and hear a bit of what he has to say about the character of Dr. Maya Hansen and the actress – Rebecca Hall – that was chosen to portray her:
It’s one thing we loved about the comic book, which was that it’s someone Tony meets in one capacity at one point in his life, and he proves to be touched by that encounter. We needed a snappy and exciting actor to play the part, and not make it this ‘female scientist who takes off her glasses and suddenly she’s beautiful!’ There’s a certain element about her being the female Robert Downey Jr. in a way.
And now a little bit of Kevin Feige talking on the same subject:
Maya is a scientist who makes a pretty astounding discovery that leads her to places – and some are healthier than others. It’s not dissimilar to what Tony’s been through, and it’s a great parallel.
And finally, the actress herself, Rebecca Hall talks about taking on the role:
I’ve never had a huge desire to be a massive Hollywood actor. Yet this is the third installment of a series I’ve really enjoyed, I really like Downey as an actor, and it looked like it would be fun. And it was. It was a very smart set, Iron Man. There’s a whole game of wits going on all the time between Downey and Shane.
It’s almost time for the talking to stop and the actual watching to begin. Look for Iron Man 3 in theaters come May 3rd of this summer.
Expectations are riding high for Iron Man 3. It’s a franchise that began so strong with its first flick, kind of faltered with its second, then Iron Man was a smash in The Avengers, and we’re all awaiting how Tony Stark- err, Robert Downey, Jr. – Oh, who am I kidding!? They’re the same person! – can top it? In a few recent interviews, Don Cheadle, Rhodey a.k.a. War Machine a.k.a. maybe Iron Patriot, talked about the film’s tone and teased some “spoilers.”
Cheadle told E!,
The tone is there’s more of an existential journey that Tony’s on trying to come to grips with this thing that he created that is creating him, too. Who’s really in control? And the toll that it takes on his relationships. And then a lot of s–t blows up. Which is what you want in Iron Man 3.
Speaking with Enstarz about those high expectations,
I hope that it performs to those levels. We did a little piece of it at Comic-Con and people went crazy. The script is good. We’re doing a couple re-shoots next week, but I’m encouraged.
And some “spoiler” talk,
I’m not supposed to say that he kills Robert Downey Jr.’s character. Is that a spoiler? That would be a spoiler. You knew that was coming. You read the comic books. I will just say that the buddy relationship that these guys have gets tighter. The third act set piece for the big finale is bigger and badder. It’s just a lot more.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd. Guys, that’s only four months away!! Time to start getting pumped for another summer of blockbusters! It’s my favorite time of year.
Source: Geek Tyrant