Kevin Feige On Keeping RDJ As Tony Stark And Casting Robert Redford In Captain America

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Feige featureKevin Feige is the Marvel movie mastermind. People call Whedon the Marvel Godfather, but it’s more like Feige is the dad and Whedon is the really, really cool uncle. Feige has overseen all of the Marvel movies as the president of Marvel Studios and occasional executive producer to the other Marvel films not under the Marvel Studios umbrella. Lately he’s been out in full force doing Iron Man 3 press the past few weeks. The latest interview from HuffPo features Feige talking about some of the casting choices they’ve made for Phase Two as well as those pesky rumors about RDJ hanging up the suit now that his contract is up.

robert downey jrRobert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle have been dancing around the question as to whether Downey is done with Tony Stark since his contract is up with the release of the third movie. Feige was asked the same question, but so far he is the only one that has actually gave an answer to it. He trouts out his comparison to James Bond again before he gets to the good stuff:

Well, look, I don’t think Robert will be playing this character for another 30 years, and I certainly hope the character stays in movies for the next 30 years — just like James Bond. I would say before George Lazenby and Roger Moore, Sean Connery was James Bond. It will take a while to fill any shoes, whether it’s filmmaker shoes or writer shoes or certainly actor shoes. I think Tony Stark is an interesting enough and rich enough character that he can persevere. That being said, I hope that doesn’t happen any time soon. It certainly is our plan to continue to have Robert Downey in the persona of Tony Stark for many, many years to come.

Moving on to the future of Phase Two, Feige commented on the surprise casting announcement that Robert Redford would be joining Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The actor’s involvement was a welcomed addition, but it seemed to come out of the blue. Feige touched on how that actually came about:

You talk with agents every day and they keep you abreast of who’s doing what, who’s available and who’s interested in what. We got an incoming call about Robert Redford, which is not a call you get every day and it’s a call you don’t want to screw up. It was very exciting.

The question came up if some of these different casting choices meant anyone could play in the Marvel “sandbox,” but Feige said that’s not the case:

No, I don’t feel that way. But I feel very, very lucky that we’ve developed a reputation as a safe haven for people who want to play. Again, getting back to the notion of playing in the sandbox — it is a safe sandbox to play in. I think people are saying, “Oh, maybe I can go into these waters that I haven’t before and not drown.” We have a very strong, guiding hand. What Sir Ben has done with this character — I went to Sir Ben’s cottage in the middle of England and pitched him on what the character was and, boy, he embraced it right away. That’s fun. Mr. Redford has already shot his first day for us on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” We’re very lucky that caliber of actor is so trusting of us.

You can read the rest off the interview with Feige by clicking here. Fans have been concerned that RDJ would ride off into the sunset since his contract is up, but it sounds like Feige and company are going to do what they can to hang on to him for a little longer. They already threw $50 million down for him in The Avengers, so I don’t think money is the problem. If anything, I would say he’ll pop up in some other movies but we might not get an Iron Man 4 in the next few years. What do you think about what Feige had to say? Have you been impressed with Marvel‘s recent casting choices?

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Source : Huffington Post