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And Iron Man is....

QuestionMarkManQuestionMarkMan Registered User regular
edited October 2006 in Graphic Violence
Robert Downey Jr.
Just got off the phone with Harry. It seems that the spies are out in force this year at Fantastic Fest, and one guy in particular sidled up to Knowles to tell him that there’s a lead actor now for IRON MAN. THE FOUNTAIN was about to start. Harry was about to go up onstage to do the intro. Then the guy told Harry what he told him, and Harry decided to call me before he started the proceedings.

“Is your guy that sure, Harry?” I asked.

“I hear there will be a trade break tomorrow,” Harry said. He told me a few other things the spy said off-the-record, and it certainly sounds like this guy’s the real deal. “Now I have to go because 250 people are staring at me wondering what I’m talking on my phone about.”

Brace yourselves for what happens when someone makes the right choice for once.

Tony Stark will be played by Robert Downey, Jr.

Hm

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    I bet he can play the addict part pretty well.

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  • A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2006
    Seriously? Can they keep him sober for an entire filming?

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  • NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Physically...Brilliant. Think he looks just like him. He can play a pretty good dick too. Really depends on how they are trying to portray iron man though. I'm guessing origins, which I know jack about really. But if doing Civil War Iron man, I think he could pull it off.

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  • NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Seriously? Can they keep him sober for an entire filming?

    why do you think they hired him to be Tony Stark?

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  • A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2006
    Nogs wrote:
    Seriously? Can they keep him sober for an entire filming?

    why do you think they hired him to be Tony Stark?

    Well, he's still gotta remember the lines. They should put in a rider where he has to stay away from either cars or cocaine.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2006
    After seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(His most recent work I think....and a damn good movie.) I think he could pull of the eccentric drunk billionaire that Stark is very well.

    Although I still think Depp would have been better.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Robert Downy Jr. never really gave a bad performance in any movie, so I can see this working. I just hope the script isn't shit.

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  • Bad KarmaBad Karma Registered User
    edited September 2006
    I was still holding out for the "utterly batshit insane" version of Tony played by Tom Cruise.

    Tis a sad day for me.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Bad Karma wrote:
    I was still hold out for the "utterly batshit insane" version of Tony played by Tom Cruise.

    Tis a sad day for me.

    That's all we need, a 5'1", overpaid, poorly acted, religious wingnut Iron Man.

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  • Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User
    edited September 2006
    He was great in A Scanner Darkly.

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  • QuestionMarkManQuestionMarkMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    After seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(His most recent work I think....and a damn good movie.)

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    jeepguy wrote:
    Bad Karma wrote:
    I was still hold out for the "utterly batshit insane" version of Tony played by Tom Cruise.

    Tis a sad day for me.

    That's all we need, a 5'1", overpaid, poorly acted, religious wingnut Iron Man.

    As opposed to Robert Downey Jr.? ;)

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    jeepguy wrote:
    Bad Karma wrote:
    I was still hold out for the "utterly batshit insane" version of Tony played by Tom Cruise.

    Tis a sad day for me.

    That's all we need, a 5'1", overpaid, poorly acted, religious wingnut Iron Man.

    As opposed to Robert Downey Jr.? ;)

    The difference is that RDJ can actually act. Also, his antics inspire some degree of sympathy from me, because his life has been a mess. Tom Cruise on the other hand, is just a fucking whack-job with a massively inflated ego.

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  • hughtronhughtron __BANNED USERS
    edited September 2006
    I think this is some pretty fantastic casting.

    Tangentally related: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is so good.

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  • Bad KarmaBad Karma Registered User
    edited September 2006
    jeepguy wrote:
    Bad Karma wrote:
    I was still hold out for the "utterly batshit insane" version of Tony played by Tom Cruise.

    Tis a sad day for me.

    That's all we need, a 5'1", overpaid, poorly acted, religious wingnut Iron Man.

    Aww c'mon, wouldn't it be great? Imagine the behind the scenes features on the dvd.

    "Ok Tom, I want to slowly raise the helmet to your head and put it on just like this.."

    "Excuse me? Im the goddamned Tom Cruise. I'll do the scene the way I want to. Infact, I dont want to wear the helmet..OR the armor. Stark is freeballin' it baby. Oh Yeah. I feel the need..the need..for speed! Top Gun baby..remember that shit? I did All the Right Moves too, and you're telling me how to do this scene? What are you retarded or something? Jerry Maguire bitches..WOOO!

    Katie?? Where the fuck did Katie go!?"

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited September 2006
    I've got a boy crush on Robert Downey. Heteroflexible substance abusers, and he went to the same summer camp as my (former) best friend so I've got a (former) in.'

    Best part of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
    Wow! I was glad you had a gun in there. For a second, I actually thought you could do that, like it was some big gay thing.

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    edited September 2006
    I wasn't thrilled when I first read the "scoop" but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea. As long as they give him the moustache, I'll be happy.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Good casting. I can't make up my mind on Iron Man. On one hand, tony is the ultimate ass kicking scientist, on the other he is a pseudo-fascist war-profiteering asshole.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Good casting. I can't make up my mind on Iron Man. On one hand, tony is the ultimate ass kicking scientist, on the other he is a pseudo-fascist war-profiteering asshole.

    Actually, he's pretty much always been both. I mean... he's the only hero who sells his weaponry which, to be fair could easily be classified as WMD's on crack, to the military. The guy IS a war profiteer. What I find hard to believe is how everyone thinks everything he's done in Civil War is so out of character. For me, it's completely in character. The guy is an egomaniacal, far right wing, dick.

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator, Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
    edited September 2006
    you know, as long as they do it right, this is probably one of the best castings in a comic movie ever

    ranks right under picard as xavier

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  • D.T.D.T. Registered User
    edited September 2006
    This is inspired casting. Maybe the most inspired casting we've seen in a superhero movie, yet.

    I just hope Robert Downey, Jr. being the star doesn't stunt this movie's ability to be marketed and be profitable.

    edit: Damn you, Whippy.

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  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?

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    Pac Man's character is difficult to explain even to the Japanese -- he is an innocent character. He hasn't been educated to discern between good and evil. He acts more like a small child than a grown-up person. Think of him as a child learning in the course of his daily activities. If someone tells him guns are evil, he would be the type to rush out and eat guns. But he would most probably eat any gun, even the pistols of policemen who need them.
  • Bad KarmaBad Karma Registered User
    edited September 2006
    D.T. wrote:
    This is inspired casting. Maybe the most inspired casting we've seen in a superhero movie, yet.

    I just hope Robert Downey, Jr. being the star doesn't stunt this movie's ability to be marketed and be profitable.

    edit: Damn you, Whippy.

    Well its no David Ogden Stiers as J'onn J'onnz, but I think it will turn out alright, as long as they don't fuck around with shit. It's not like there is a lack of source material.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2006
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

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  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    I'm kinda surprised that Downey would do a comic book movie. Not that I'm complaining.

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    Pac Man's character is difficult to explain even to the Japanese -- he is an innocent character. He hasn't been educated to discern between good and evil. He acts more like a small child than a grown-up person. Think of him as a child learning in the course of his daily activities. If someone tells him guns are evil, he would be the type to rush out and eat guns. But he would most probably eat any gun, even the pistols of policemen who need them.
  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2006
    Sentry wrote:
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

    ><
    While I'm not sure about his directing abilities he seems genuinelly excited to do the movie. When he was announced he changed his myspace to all Iron Man. I think he even had Black Sabbath on there.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Sentry wrote:
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

    ><

    C'mon, the dude did write and produce Swingers, so he has a feel for movies with a lot of manwhoring and drunken debauchery. I'm not going to judge him based on his work on a children's movie. And he was already in Daredevil, so he may actually have some interest in the source material, and want to do it right.

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  • D.T.D.T. Registered User
    edited September 2006
    I like Favreau. He seems like a pretty genuine guy.

    And we can't really fault him for Zathura and Elf. I mean, imagine how hard it would have to be to go from "that actor guy from that one movie" to trying to get a studio to let him have a real project.

    I consider Zathura and Elf to be paying dues.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Munch wrote:
    Sentry wrote:
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

    ><

    C'mon, the dude did write and produce Swingers, so he has a feel for movies with a lot of manwhoring and drunken debauchery. I'm not going to judge him based on his work on a children's movie. And he was already in Daredevil, so he may actually have some interest in the source material, and want to do it right.

    sorry, I wasn't angry about John Favreau, I was angry at August's response to him. The guy is great. He did a crappy kids movie, but only because he needed his foot in the door of a major studio. Jon Favreau is awesome. Not just Swingers, but Elf, and hell, he was in Rudy too. I love the guy. Next time I'll make my angry eyes make more sense. Sorry.
    But, I do admit Zathura was fucking Jumanji in space...

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    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited September 2006
    Elf was great, and not just because Zooey Deschanel got awesome eyes and cynical charms.

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  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    Sentry wrote:
    Munch wrote:
    Sentry wrote:
    august wrote:
    The mainstream press is going to freak out over this. Who the fuck is directing this thing?
    Ugh....the guy who directed Zathura. He was the co-star in the Break-up....what's his name....
    JON FAVREAU! That's it.

    ><

    C'mon, the dude did write and produce Swingers, so he has a feel for movies with a lot of manwhoring and drunken debauchery. I'm not going to judge him based on his work on a children's movie. And he was already in Daredevil, so he may actually have some interest in the source material, and want to do it right.

    Who's the wild man now?

    sorry, I wasn't angry about John Favreau, I was angry at August's response to him. The guy is great. He did a crappy kids movie, but only because he needed his foot in the door of a major studio. Jon Favreau is awesome. Not just Swingers, but Elf, and hell, he was in Rudy too. I love the guy. Next time I'll make my angry eyes make more sense. Sorry.
    But, I do admit Zathura was fucking Jumanji in space...

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited September 2006
    *Crosses fingers* As long as the script is solid were golden people!

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  • zigzig Registered User
    edited September 2006
    An Iron Man movie is perfect for current times. With Downey Jr. on board it could be a real winner. Also, Mandarin is the villain for those who don't know.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2006
    Oh man

    Perfect

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  • Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User
    edited September 2006
    august wrote:
    I'm kinda surprised that Downey would do a comic book movie. Not that I'm complaining.
    Maybe he's confused and thinks it's about Ozzy Osbourne.

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  • Bad KarmaBad Karma Registered User
    edited September 2006
    I can almost guarantee that The Mandarin will be played by Cary Tagawa. His costume will be some sort of black leather business suit, and he will be stationed in a large corporate building with a heavy asian motif.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited September 2006
    Oh God, I hate the Mandarin. I'd rather he take on one of his corporate rivals (Stane or Hammer) or, if they're willing to set it in the past, the communists. Hell, why not Kang the Conqueror? What greater challenge for a technologically based hero than to fight someone whose own technology is far superior?


    Not that I've ever even had any exposure to the Mandarin beyond his appearances in the cartoon, but he always seemed to have that tasteless "Yellow Menace, Nefarious China-Man" vibe to him in the vein of Fu Man Chu and Egg Fu. Mandarin isn't even so much of a good name as it is an Asian name. I mean, a Mandarin would be lower than the Emperor, wouldn't it? So isn't that like a white super-villain calling himself "Mr. Vice President" or "Speaker of the House"?

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  • hughtronhughtron __BANNED USERS
    edited September 2006
    Zathura was a pretty sweet movie, so don't hate.

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  • zigzig Registered User
    edited September 2006
    Favreau said specifically that Mandarin won't be like Fu Manchu in the movie.

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