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When it comes to talking about the character though, Robert Downey Jr has been consistent in talking about the amount of fun everyone has on the set when making the Marvel films.
“Tony Stark is a joy to play and charity starts at home,” he said while on the set of Iron Man 3.
There is a definite sense of continuity in doing the same character across various movies, but there is something more at work.
“With Legacy (Effects Studio), the human beings who make all the tech in the movie, it’s as if you can reach out as we go from movie to movie, and you are feeling more and more like you’re seeing something that’s become part of the collective unconscious.
“On a certain level this stuff is real and it’s also kind of feasible technologically. So I think that’s what made it successful.
“We had a group of talented people and we did something that kind of bridged a gap between the unfeasibility of most superhero genre movies and the kind of movies like a James Bond or Mission Impossible that are grounded in things that we think could happen,” he said. Being five years older when working on Iron Man 3 has changed Downey Jr’s approach to the character somewhat.
While he was much more obsessed with how he looked and making sure he was charming and funny as a character in the previous films, this time round the relation-ship with Pepper (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) was the centre of the movie.
“Contrary to my own designs, it seems like this time I’m much less thinking about how do I come off and this and that. I am thinking about the other characters.
“We wanted to show what happens four movies later in the course of a relationship, because as (producer) Kevin Feige reminded me, Tony Stark is the only super-hero who has cultivated and maintained a relationship with one woman over time that doesn’t go south entirely.” (And that’s also including The Avengers in the mix.)
For the third Iron Man film there were a lot more night shoots than on the other two, but technological advances over the years has meant wearing the suit has become an easier proposition as the prop has become less clunky.
The suit is still a huge focus of the film, since the third film makes Tony Stark answer the question, does the suit make the man or the other way round?
The storyline also touches on where it all started for Stark, with the creation of the arc reactor and how the technology started to poison him on to his rediscovery of his history with his father.
“He has ‘perfected’ a heart without actually dealing with the wound to begin with.
“So, once you have all those things in play you go ‘okay, with all of those plates spinning at the same time, what is he supposed to do?’
“And, I think that there really is only one thing to do, and we tried everything else and wrote everything else and talked about everything else – and the one we’ve chose, I think is absolutely delightful.” – Marvel Studios
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