Guy Pearce Calls His ‘Iron Man 3′ Role ‘Cameo Stuff’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 12:14 pm,


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The casting of Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian was among the first details to tip us off as to where Iron Man 3‘s storyline might be headed. His character, and potential casting for Maya Hansen, suggested that Iron Man 3 would be taking on the ‘Extremis’ storyline from the comics, where Tony Stark adopts a more symbiotic relationship with his armor, becoming almost cyborg-like.

In the comics, Aldrich doesn’t just help Tony Stark bond with his armor, he also adopts a few nefarious plans along the way, a detail we surmised might make him the film’s big bad. However, the first footage of Iron Man 3 – shown to 6,000 Comic-Con attendees – confirmed that Ben Kingsley’s character, revealed to be the Mandarin, would be at the center of it all.

Pearce is still an integral part of the Iron Man 3 storyline, but when talking to Vulture he reveals his role is little more than a cameo. Specifically, Guy Pearce is talking about starring in big budget summer action films, including his role in The Time Machine, when he reveals the info.

“The main difference was that, when I did The Time Machine, I was pretty much in all of it, so it was a really grueling experience. Prometheus and Iron Man are really kind of cameo stuff, so the experience of shooting them … I mean, on some level, it’s tricky because you feel like a bit of an outsider. You don’t really live the experience that you do when you’re there all day every day with everybody. But at the same time, it can be more fun sometimes because you’re just working in concentrated spurts.”

This cameo talk from Pearce doesn’t necessarily mean he is out as a villain or villainous character, but more than likely Iron Man 3 will only feature him as the creator of Tony Stark’s new reverse-colored suit, and he’ll be pushed to the side (or saved for a larger role in a future Marvel universe film). If he does return for the Iron Man 3 climax, however, that will mean he has some part to play in Mandarin’s plans.

In Iron Man 2 the character of Justin Hammer (played by Sam Rockwell) could have been considered a cameo performance – seeing as how he wasn’t on set constantly – but it was a pretty meaty role. If that’s what Pearce is referring to by the “concentrated spurts” of filming then there should still be plenty of screen time for moviegoers to discover more about how this new armor works.

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Aldrich’s partner, Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), will also figure into that storyline, but there’s no word on if her role is also considered a “cameo.” Marvel was fighting pretty fervently to get these roles cast, and went with some recognizable faces, which leads us to believe they are integral to the entire plot (or the larger Marvel universe), not just the set-up.

This also isn’t the first time we’ve heard Pearce possibly hide the full scope of a role – as the actor had previously downplayed his screen time in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

With director Shane Black now at the helm, audiences are going to get a fresh new perspective on the Iron Man mythos, and a chance to see the films take on one of the comics’ more exciting storylines. We’ll find out if it pays off early next summer.

Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.


Source: Vulture

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  1. Dang, I was hoping he would be in a large part of the film.

  2. Has anyone seen the re-release of the avengers and is their anything added at the end credits

    • theres nothing.

  3. Is he into cameo stuff these days or something? :P

  4. Did anybody notice brendan fraser in gi joe rise of cobra, now that was a quick cameo.

  5. I remember Aldrich only being in the Extremis storyline for a very short time. The article makes it sound like he was a bigger player in the story of the comics. Am I missing something?

  6. Aldrich Killian does not help Tony Stark bond with his armor, he never even meets him. He shows up for a brief scene in which he kills himself, and his unseen previous actions are the driving force of the plot.

  7. As far as I know only Maya is there for the whole extremis ordeal with Tony (for the process itself and she’s the one who brings Tony into it in the first place, rigth?)
    She’s the one who “helps” if one could say that. She’s the one who’s present at all.

    So probably the movie version will be similar to Aldrich’s role in the comics.

  8. Huh, at one point Shane Black said Guy would play the main villain…

    This news kinda scares me because in IM1 and IM2, there was also confusion about the villains during filming: In IM1 they were going to introduce the Mandarin, but never did, and in IM2 there was going to be another Russian but because of Rourke, that never panned out either.

    If Guy’s role is being reduced,I just hope it’s to allow more screen time for Sir Kingsley’s Mandarin.

  9. Im with Ponch and Cody. I really dont want to drag my books out but I dont remember Aldrich being that big of a deal.

    Think of the Fathers assistant in 12 Monkeys. His actions played a big part over all but he just didnt get a lot of face time.

  10. Hate to not pick but is no way the Sam Rockwell role in IM2 a “cameo”…that is a co-star. A cameo is when a big named actor is in a single scene…think Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction, Hugh Jackman in X-Men First Class or Samuel Jackson in the first Iron Man or even IM2.
    If Guy Pierce is saying he’s a cameo than prepare for only 3-5 minutes of actual screen time

    • Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction”?? That’s not a cameo. Surely you’re thinking of Christopher Walken!?

      • Yep, what a brain fart that was!!! Christopher Walken in the watch scene, doh!

    • If you watch the deleted scenes from IM2 you’ll see that Tony already, basically has a beta version of the nano-tech in which he is with pepper and throws her a “nano-ball” which starts covering her hand and goes up to her wrist before she slides it off. YouTube it.

  11. I love articles like these because if you take a sentence just slightly out of context, you can put a totally different spin on things.

    “Cameo stuff” = Pearce to make biopic of Larry Blackmon.

  12. Just rewatched Iron Man II. At the end of Iron Man II Sam Rockwell’s characters tell Pepper that he will be seeing her real soon…was that just part of the script or will he actually be in Iron Man III?

    • most likely apart of the script. Also, of you watch the deleted scenes from IM2 you’ll see that Tony already, basically has a beta version of the “nanotech” in which he is with pepper and throws her a “nano-ball” which starts covering her hand and goes up to her wrist before she slides it off. YouTube it.

      • Oh wow yes, you’re right, I almost forgot about that scene. He has the basic nanotech then, but he needs the extremis to make his body compatible to it. Otherwise he would not be able to control it. The extremis serum links his brain to technology after all and enables him the control over his suit, computers and other tech, and without it he would not be able to store it inside his body either.

  13. Hi all, watched Iron man 3. Kilian actually is the main villain, and not mandarin. Okay, there you go, spoiler given. Also, I know you guys have all watched it. ;-)