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Robert Downey Jr talks briefly about the cast’ of “The Avengers” tag team like dynamic.
Robert Downey Jr has compared The Avengers to a “complicated pregnancy”.
The Iron Man star revealed that the various actors traded off scenes to create the ensemble superhero film.
“It was like a complicated pregnancy,” Downey told Fox News.
“What was fun, this bit of WWE superhero tag-team wrestling, is where [Chris] Hemsworth’s all beat up and he’s been shooting nights, and my character’s got the helmet closed, so I’m not there,” he continued.
“Then he’s flying home to be with the missus, and I’m coming in to do a bunch of scenes with [Mark] Ruffalo. I think everybody really bought into the spirit of the thing.”
It sounds to me like everybody involved knew they were making cinematic history and that fact overwhelmed with a sense of awe and joy that dispersed even the slightest hint of discord on the set.
Billionaire genius Tony Stark had to learn to play well with others in “The Avengers” after two “Iron Man” films where he was the main attraction.
So did Robert Downey Jr., though his path to superhero team player came without the fisticuffs and rivalries that Stark stumbles into with his fellow Avengers, who beat up on one another a bit before they figure out how to work as a group.
Downey’s had a long time to get ready for something beyond his close-up in the solo outings as Stark, the Marvel Comics superhero in a metal suit. The idea that Downey would become part of an ensemble of heroes was teased at the end of the first “Iron Man,” with “Avengers” producer and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige steering such follow-ups as “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” toward that aim.
“I had five years to prepare myself, because Kevin Feige and the Marvel team had been saying that it was kind of heading toward this,” Downey said.
Opening in the United States on May 4 and a week earlier in some overseas markets, “The Avengers” casts Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, head of peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which rounds up a dream team of good guys (Downey’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye) to battle Thor’s evil brother (Tom Hiddleston), who plots to subjugate humanity.
“I think everybody really bought into the spirit of the thing”
- Robert Downey Jr.
While it’s an all-star cast, Downey’s the mega-star. But unlike the diva moments among Stark and some of the other alpha dogs of the Avengers, there was no big-footing among the performers, according to the actors and director Joss Whedon.
Adjusting to ensemble life simply continued the path on which Stark and his healthy ego have been all along, Downey said.
“Personally, the `Iron Man’ series so far has always been about making space for others and collaborating,” Downey said. “It’s Tony’s quote-unquote story, but it’s always about all the folks we get around him who are kind of what make him interesting or give him someone or something to fight.”
Stitching together so many characters and story lines could have been difficult, but the communal structure meant no single actor had to carry the action all of the time.
Everyone took turns at center stage, and each got to take welcome breaks during the long shoot, Downey said.
“It was like a complicated pregnancy,” Downey said. “What was fun, this bit of WWE superhero tag-team wrestling, is where Hemsworth’s all beat up and he’s been shooting nights, and my character’s got the helmet closed, so I’m not there. Then he’s flying home to be with the missus, and I’m coming in to do a bunch of scenes with Ruffalo. I think everybody really bought into the spirit of the thing.”
Downey, 47, is preparing to shoot “Iron Man 3,” which is due in theaters in May 2013. The film reunites Downey with his “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director Shane Black.
He won’t disclose details, but Downey said the next installment is a “sort of storytelling that’s really in Shane’s wheelhouse, which is it doesn’t need to be quite as linear, and Tony definitely is brought out of his comfort zone. So there’s a lot of travel in this.”
A third “Sherlock Holmes” movie also is in the works, with Downey’s great detective expected to travel to North America this time.
Amid his two film franchises, Downey’s busy with a newborn son with his wife, producer Susan Downey, with whom he has formed a film production company.
It’s uncertain whether Downey will be back as Stark after “Iron Man 3,” either in another solo film or a second “Avengers” tale. With his fourth Marvel flick getting under way, though, Downey said he feels he has a vested interest in the superhero business.
“It’s dumb not to be open to possibilities, you know?” Downey said. “I kind of almost feel like a shareholder in the company, even sometimes more than an actor in the movies.”
Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man has already got his leading lady: Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. But the possible arrival of a nemesis for her man’s attention could force Gwynnie to brush up on her fighting skills.
Per Deadline, The Help‘s Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the growing cast of Iron Man 3, and the ubiquitous actress should know a thing or two about superheroics: She starred in six films last year—and even nabbed an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress for The Help.
But whom will Chastain be playing?
Chastain will reportedly take on the role of a “sexy scientist” who’ll conceivably go toe-to-toe (or is it brain-to-brain?) with Downey’s genius Iron Man alter ego, Tony Stark.
It seems the actress was offered the role before, but scheduling snafus kept her from committing to the project. Producers supposedly considered Diane Kruger and Isla Fisher for the part, but an unexpected opening in Chastain’s shooting schedule has now catapulted her back into the Iron Man fray.
She’s the latest A-lister to circle the project, following news that Ben Kingsley is close to signing on as the film’s villain. (Exactly which villaIn he’ll play has inspired its own guessing game.)
The Shane Black-directed flick, which reportedly starts shooting in five weeks in North Carolina, is shaping up to have an ultra-prestigious cast that includes two Oscar winners (Paltrow and Kingsley) and three Oscar nominees (Downey, Chastain and Don Cheadle).
Already, the blogososphere is abuzz about the film’s plot, and the reigning theory among fanboys is that the flick will be based on the 2005 “Extremis” comic book storyline, in which a scientist creates a drug that bestows superhuman abilites on its subjects.
The flick doesn’t hit theaters until May 3, 2013, but you’ll at least be able to get some kind of Iron Man fix in the meantime: The metalhead pops up next week in The Avengers, whose early reviews are looking really, well, super!
Only a couple weeks ago, Robert Downey Jr. shocked everyone by announcing that they were still filming for The Avengers after the world premiere. Downey Jr. revealed that they were shooting an additional bonus scene for The Avengers. Now, it looks like Robert Downey Jr. might have already started filming for Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr. showed up in Wilmington, North Carolina this past Friday. Wilmington is the main location for filming of Iron Man 3. At first, no one knew for sure why Robert Downey Jr. was there, because the latest official reports have suggested that the main filming for Iron Man 3 won’t start for another couple weeks.
Since arriving in Wilmington, Robert Downey Jr. has been spotted on the beach, eating at local Wilmington restaurants, and shopping at local Wilmington stores. He has even stopped to pose for pictures with fans. Some early speculation thought Robert Downey Jr. might be in town for a brief visit to check out his accommodations for filming, but more recent reports indicate he is staying at a local Wilmington hotel.
Earlier this year sources told Comicbook.com that things were moving ahead faster than expected with Iron Man 3 and some filming was expected to start the last week of April or the first week of May. While most sources didn’t know if any of the stars would be involved in this early shooting or if it would be mainly location shots, one source did suggest that Marvel Studios might have Robert Downey Jr. shoot some Iron Man 3 footage that could be used for a point of discussion on talk shows while promoting The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show on Thursday, May 3, 2012 and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, May 4, 2012.
While we’ve been unable to officially confirm exactly why Robert Downey Jr. has been in Wilmington, North Carolina for the last four days, some locals are now starting to hear that he is indeed in town doing some filming for Iron Man 3. On Monday, Robert Downey Jr. shopped at a store in Downtown Wilmington called the Edge of Urge. According to a tweet from the store, “We were pretty excited that Robert Downey Jr stopped by the shop today while filming Iron Man 3!” And lest anyone not believe it, they even tweeted a photo of Robert Downey Jr. in the store.