IRON MAN 3 - Director and Cast Discuss Their Characters

The latest issue of Empire Magazine includes a lot of cool details about Iron Man 3. Yesterday, we brought you some great stuff from the issue including the cover photo, new photos from inside the magazine, and Robert Downey Jr. teasing his return. Here's another interesting segment in which director Shane Black and cast--Sir Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle--talk about the film and their roles in it.

Iron Man 3 is the first film in the second phase of Marvel's plan, and here's what Black had to say about Tony Stark's part in the story,

Tony Stark is [now] relying on these suits to feel like he's in any way capable. He surrounds himself with these things almost like a blanket. In The Avengers, he fought aliens, but he was the one character I would not have picked to fight aliens. Now we've taken advantage of the fact that he's fought aliens and he talks about it.

It will be exciting to see see how what happened in The Avengers will carry over into this film, and how the events affected Stark. The new movie will also flesh out the relationship between Pepper Potts and Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow says that Pepper...

Adores Tony, but she absolutely gets fed up with him. He gets caught in a feedback look.

Sir Ben Kingsley plays The Mandarin in the film, and I have no doubt that he's going to be amazing. Kingsley describes his character in the film calling him...

A pastiche of American iconography. It's there to confuse - you don't know what's coming next. Shane allowed me to push the boundaries of the role so that I'm allowed to go a bit bonkers.

I think one of the things I'm most excited about seeing in the movie is War Machine/ Iron Patriot in full on action! According to Don Cheadle, Stark doesn't really care for the Iron Patriot name in the film, and he says,

The name makes as much sense as Iron Man. It's a new and interesting look. I don't know how, personally, I'd feel about being draped in the flag, but Rhodey doesn't care what the paint job is like. He just wants it to do what it does.

The Mandarin forces Stark out of hiding by attacking one of Stark's close friends, and according to Black The Iron Patriot will be of no help. The director says that Stark instantly "issues a 'come and have a go if you think you're hard enough' challenge to The Mandarin" on live TV. The director went on to say,

Robert's portrayal of Tony is ultimately the American cowboy who defies authority, thinks for himself and is fiercely individualistic. That's an America we like to believe in, which is why The Mandarin, who hates America, is a good match for Tony in this movie.

The movie also stars Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, and Guy Pearce. It's set to open in 3D and 2D theaters on May 3rd, 2013, and it sounds like it's going to be amazing! We should be getting a new trailer sometime in the near future as well so stay tuned for that!

Marvel Studios’ 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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