‘Iron Man 3’ news has been exploding lately, especially when the people involved do interviews, which is what has been happening lately. Case in point, EW speaks with Robert Downey Jr., and you know he loves to talk. It helps when it’s something as good as Iron Man to talk about. This time, though, he tells us about his buddy, Lt. James Rhodes (played by Don Cheadle), and how his character is involved this time around:
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.
It’s good to know that Rhodes will have more of an integral part considering what we’ve seen already in the teaser trailers and such. Stark will definitely need support. There’s also a *minor spoiler* scene that RDJ teases about:
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.
Robert doesn’t stop there, though. He does mention Ben Kingsley‘s role as The Mandarin and what he believes Kingsley’s performance will do for the movie:
“Sir Ben is probably going to steal the movie. There are a lot of contenders who may, but right now he’s probably at the top of that list. He came in as, obviously – speaking of training – as such a technically proficient instrument. And then what proceeded to happen was the release of more vintage, old-school [Jon] Favreau [improv] stuff with a Shane Black twist on it. It was kind of frightening to witness, I’ll tell you that much.”
That’s good to know. Sir Ben Kingsley has played both good and bad characters throughout his career, some good, some not so good, but he does deliver more often than not. I’m interested to see how he fares in this and I hope that we can see the dangerous challenge that Stark has in store for him against The Mandarin.