Gary Shandling & Gary Oldman In Iron Man 2?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:39 pm,

[UPDATE: According to Gary Oldman’s manager, Douglas Urbanski, Gary Oldman is NOT in the film.]

Yesterday, news hit the web that two actors with the first name Gary could be in Iron Man 2: Garry Shandling and Gary Oldman. It’s nice to have some positive casting news to balance out the negative – The negative being Terrence Howard’s removal from the film and his feelings about it.

Shandling reportedly was on set Tuesday shooting a big scene (filming for Iron Man 2 began Monday) and according to IESB, he’s playing Senator Stern. His character apparently appears in a scene that helps bridge the two movies together.

[Minor Spoiler Alert]

In the final (pre-credits) scene of Iron Man, Tony Stark openly admits to the press that he is in fact the armored hero – The second film may begin from that very same scene (or at least flash back to) and that’s where Senator Stern may come in.

As for Gary Oldman’s role in the movie, it’s not so clear. Oldman has been spotted on set in Los Angeles but there’s no confirmation on who he’s playing. Rumor has it that he may be playing Howard Stark, father of Robert Downey Jr.’s character. That role was initially rumored to be filled by Tim Robbins but he debunked that rumor himself saying it was only an internet rumor.

I hope that turns out to be the case – I was one of the folks who wasn’t very supportive of that casting decision and I’d much prefer Oldman to take the role.

Gary Oldman is a phenomenal actor who’s been landing some major roles in recent years (Sirius Black in the Harry Potter franchise and Commissioner Gordon in Nolan’s Batman films to name a few).

He also wouldn’t be the first to cross the line between the major Comic book corporations. In recent years, we saw James Marsden go from the X-Men trilogy to Superman Returns and Halle Berry do the same with her lead role as Catwoman (awful awful movie).

The difference however, is that those particular Marvel films were under Fox Studios. If Oldman were to go from a Warner Brothers DC film (Warner Bros. owns DC Comics) to a Marvel Studios’ movie, that would be a first.

What do you think of these two veteran actors having roles in Iron Man 2?

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010.

Source: IESB

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  1. Gary Oldman is so good, it’ll be cool if he is in Iron Man 2

  2. Updated the post to indicated Oldman is not in the film.


  3. I miss the “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” That was some funny stuff. Hard to see him as a senator though.

  4. I loved that show!!!!

  5. Gary Oldman is one most talented actors I have ever scene. Too bad it looks like his inclusion was just a rumor.

  6. A clown as a senator? Sounds 100% realistic to me. No, I’m not being sarcastic, I’m serious. :-)

  7. Wasn’t shandling in a movie where he was a martian with like a vibrating penis…?

  8. AW! Darn. Gary Oldman is my favorite actor and to have him in one of my favorite movies like Iron Man would have been amazing(Disincluding Batman, GO COMMISIONER GORDEN!). I have went from extreamly happy to very disapointed. (Rooting for possible cameo as a major character like S.M.J as Nick Fury?)

  9. That’s good news (IMO) he’s a good actor but he’s comish Gordon for now. Glad to see Shandling in the film. He’s always funny,,,

    They were filming some IMan2 scenes today in Pasadena at Masonic Temple… RDJ was there as were some paparazzi.

  10. Goldman was good as Gordon, but I still think he doesn’t really shine to his fullest potential unless he’s playing some crazy villain like in The Professional or Fifth Element…

  11. Yeah I totally agree Ken J, he’s best as a villan…

    The only thing that kept me awake in “Lost in Space” was Oldman,,, oh what a waste that film was.

  12. Wow, I just realized I combined his first and last name, Gary Oldman into Goldman, lol.

  13. And to add – Sam Rockwell is most likely in makeup that makes him look a bit older…thus making him look even more like Oldman. Thats my theory!

  14. Gary Oldman should be in every movie. Every. Single. One. At least for a couple scenes. That way no movie would ever completely suck.