The fourth part of Entertainment Weekly’s interview with Robert Downey Jr. features the actor talking about the polarizing second film as well as Marvel’s partnership with a Beijing company for the upcoming threequel. RDJ commented on new director Shane Black and the new direction and vision he brings to the franchise:
The great thing about Shane is the same thing that’s great about Shane’s movie is that all the moving parts within the frame of his story are so poetic and inherently entertaining and then thought out and rethought out. And then everyone all the way through really put their nose to the grindstone this time and I really felt like we were in a much safer playground [than we were with Iron Man 2] just because it was Shane’s vision. And he had a lot, lot, lot of time to figure out just one thing, which was to figure what the story would be.
The actor mentioned feeling they were in a ‘safer playground’ compared to the second film. It’s a well-known fact production for Iron Man 2 didn’t go very smoothly. Major plot points were being thrown in and much of the story had to be changed during filming. The actor touches on that experience:
Jon and I were still kind of recovering from our lives changing so much [with the success of the first Iron Man] and then next thing we were back in the saddle again. We made do.
On a slightly happier note, Downey Jr. talked about Disney/Marvel’s partnership with a Beijing company to help secure a strong Chinese release. As you know, films are heavily censored or banned in China so a Chinese partner increases the chances of a good foreign box office. The actor talks about how the country plays into the narrative:
My main interplay through the whole thing was that China figures in as a destination spot for Tony for a reason but I can’t explain [more because it would reveal] one of the ongoing themes of the movie. It’s tied-in to that theme in much the same way the 10 rings [mentioned in the first Iron Man film] are tied-in to Mandarin — and always have been tied-in to the Mandarin.
Downey confirmed the film did film in China for about a week in December although it would have been longer if he hadn’t sustained an ankle injury during filming in North Carolina. RDJ said that Tony still has a “lot of karma” in the East and that he plans to attend the Beijing Film Festival for a promotional tour to further cement the bond. Iron Man 2 wasn’t a bad film, it was just a troubled film. It had to sacrifice a lot of itself to help set up further movies, as seen through all the teasing of the Avenger’s Initiative. It does seem like they’ve moved on and learned so they can tackle 3 and make it great. It will also be interesting to see how heavily China factors into the film. What do you think?
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Source : EW