Robert Downey Jr. Talks Big Action & Risky Stunts in ‘Iron Man 3’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:50 am,

 Robert Downey Jr. Talks Big Action & Risky Stunts in ‘Iron Man 3’

We recently brought you a few updates on Iron Man 3 via our Comic-Con 2012 coverage.Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige (alongside writer/director Shane Black) confirmed that The Hulk will not make an appearance in Iron Man 3 and provided some insight into the nature of the story. Additionally, Don Cheadle spoke about War Machine’s  role in the third installment of the franchise.

Today we bring you some tidbits from Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., in regards to what we can expect to see in Iron Man 3.

The actor stressed and reiterated that the film would explore the character’s inner demons in more depth. “We did a little of that in ‘Iron Man 2′,” Downey said. “But if you think about someone who saw the sky open up and a wormhole and fought off an alien species – suffice to say that he’s a little rattled.”

There have been runors that the film contains a stunt sequence in which Downey will be performing from a great height, so when the actor was asked if he was going to give Tom Cruise a run for his money (in reference to the infamous Burj Khalifa sequence in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) Downey responded:

“Well I don’t know. I just said while I’m physically able I’d like to leave it all on the field and I’d like there to be ten moments where people wonder how I was stupid enough to actually do that stunt. Most of all me.”

Iron Man Battles Chitauri Leviathan in The Avengers Robert Downey Jr. Talks Big Action & Risky Stunts in ‘Iron Man 3’

Iron Man in 'The Avengers'

When asked if he was taken aback by the success of The Avengers the actor quipped:

“Well here’s my problem: every time one of my movies comes out I think it’s going to be the number 3 or the biggest thing of all time and so it’s really weird. I cried wolf and one actually showed up this time.”

The bulk of what we can gather is that Iron Man 3, as we imagined (and has been reported), will be a more grounded offering in the Marvel series of films; one that will focus on developing the character in the real-world before sending him off to fight invaders from another realm once again in an Avengers 2. We can expect – as one would given that this is a Shane Black endeavor – an emphasis on innovative action. Of course, time, as always, will tell.

Look for Iron Man 3 in theatres on May 3, 2013.

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  1. As stated in the last podcast, I hope RDJ signs another contract to play Iron Man after this because I could’nt imagine seeing Iron Man without RDJ.

    • I agree it would be weird to see someone else in the role of Tony Stark. RDJ has been perfect in that role ever since iron man :)

      • I cant see anyone else playing Tony Stark /Iron man. In saying that tho, it could become like James Bond where alot of different actors have been James Bond.

        • That’s exactly what Kevin Feige said they might do when it comes to a point when an actor can’t do it anymore, they would just carry on the story with someone new.

    • I agree. He IS Tony Stark.
      The day he retires from the role will be a sad day indeed… :(

    • I wouldnt expect RDJ to be Iron Man much longer. If the IM3 is bad, he will have fulfilled his contract and that will be the end. No actor wants to be part of a dying franchise. If IM3 is successful, then he would have to ask for more money. He is the franchise right? Remember what happened with Tobey McGuire and Spider Man. The movies made $2.5 BILLION and he asked for more money and the studio said no. I think this was a huge mistake, as the new Peter Parker and Spider Man movie was mediocre at best.

  2. looking forward for this film. hoping SB pulls the reins on all the constant one-liners. while most of them worked in The Avengers, it got to be tiresome towards the end. joke, joke, joke, joke…but he did write, and said, all those silly jokes in Predator. I still haven’t seen kiss kiss bang bang yet. it’s always gone from the video store. i tried to buy a used dvd at a peddlers mall, but they couldnt find the disc behind the counter.
    it’s a shame Hulk won’t show up, especially since banner & stark seemed to be best buds by the end of The Avengers. Oh well. i’m rambling now.

    • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a great little neo-noir detective story. RDJ and Val Kilmer really shine. Its only $8 on blu-ray and really worth it.

  3. I really don’t see a problem with him re-signing with Marvel. Both have made a ton of money and RDJ at least seems to love playing the part. Most actors/directors either get bored, don’t want to be typecast, or want to do something more “theatrical” or different but RDJ I don’t think suffers from any of those issues. He is a natural actor but has never struck me as the thespian at heart, he makes other movies (Sherlock Holmes anyone>) and has proven he can play whatever role he wants.

    The only thing I can think of is Marvel low balling him but I just don’t see that happening.

  4. “before sending him off to fight invaders from another realm once again in an Avengers 2″

    Is this just a leaping assumption/offhand comment on your part Roth, or do you know something we don’t? :)

    • This is me speculating on the Thanos storyline coming into play in The Avengers 2 :D!

  5. What’s the name if this podcast and where can I fine it

  6. What’s the name if this podcast and where can I fine it.

    • There is a podcast link at the top of the page.

  7. Really pumped for this movie, although when Shane Black at first said “No Mandarin”, I was saying, Then no Shane Black”. Glad he listened to the fans. I am a little worried about the Extremis storyline being not that good. I do like the red/white/blue armor that some have said is (and some have said isn’t “Iron Patriot”). I( have heard no Hulk cameo, and I am OK with that…but since we are talking science tech with Extremis, which could lead into nanotechnology, which is shrunken small stuff, I wonder if there will be a scientist Hank Pym (Ant-Man) cameo of sorts (probably very small, if you will pardon the pun, if it is in there)?.

    • I read of a possible Antman cameo, on an article that was on this site no less.

  8. Well obviously war machine is a big part of this movie, wonder if that will carry into avengers 2?

    • Is War Machine an Avenger ?

      • Yes at various times he has, I’m kinda hoping in the avengers we get to see these “sidekicks” make an appearance. They don’t need to all be full-fledged members but at least a cameo would be nice. I hope in IM3 they throw in a line about where Rhodey was during the Avengers.

        • I don’t think Stan Lee would be happy with you calling them sidekicks, he doesn’t like that word he prefers to call them partners. Thats why in IM Tony went to ask Rhodey if he wanted to be his partner in a new project and why Captain America calls Bucky partner sometimes.

          • The correct term, to quote All-American Boy Dave Foley, is ‘Hero Support’!


  9. I just hope that all of the actors will sign on until ‘phase 3′ is finished and i hope that Marvel end ‘phase 3′ with it being the last time we will see ‘Earths mightiest heroes’ in the Avengers 3.

  10. eventually the torch will have to be passed onto another established actor needing more name recognition but as long as downey jr will do the role and not get bored with it, they need to use him as long as he can.
    i think him, macguire and christopher reeves are only ones to appear as the same superhero in three movies.

    • Forgot about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Christian Bale as Batman.

      • Yeah, not to mention a few of the other X-Men and Wesley Snipes as Blade, but Jackman definitely takes the cake with soon to be 6 movies.

        • Or Samual Jackson as Nick Fury, who was in 5 films

  11. Is Downey under contract for TA2 yet?
    If not he’s going to break the bank even more so than he did with TA.
    I understand that he may want to move on and Marvel may not want to keep shelling out that much money but I can’t even imagine another actor as Stark in TA sequel…
    But, if he is already under contract my post is pointless and I’ll move on. ;)

    • At comic con a fan asked him the quesiton “would you return for Avengers 2″ and RDJ looked over to Feige, then back at the fan and said that he and Cheadle’s contracts end after IM3, but that he’d love to keep doing it if he can.

      Personally, I doubt RDJ would the one to say no. He has massive respect for the character and the fans so if his contract doesn’t get renewed or reworked somehow, then it’s all on Marvel Studios’ head IMO…