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IRON MAN 3 - Robert Downey Jr. Discusses Rhodey's Role in the Film

As we wait to see the latest trailer for Iron Man 3, which is set to air during the Super Bowl, we have some more information on one of the film's main characters, Rhodes (Don Cheadle). In a recent interview with EW, Robert Downey Jr. gives some details on the character and the role he plays in the film, saying,

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.

I've been waiting for Rhodey to really have his moment in the story, and it sounds like this is going to be it. Downey Jr. goes on to tease one of the action scenes in the film, saying,

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.

That sounds like it could be a really fun scene to watch. In fact, the first bit of concept art released for the film at Comic-Con shows the scene that he's talking about (see above).

The movie is set to hit theaters on May 3rd, 2013, and I'm sure the new Super Bowl spot is going to be backed full of fun new footage. I imagine it won't be as dark at the first trailer. I think they'll show some more of the film's humor and action this time around. 

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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