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It was announced yesterday at the New York Comic Con 2008 that Robert Downey Jr. (as Tony Stark) and Lou Ferrigno will have brief appearances in the upcoming HULK movie.
Robert Downey Jr. is hardly the obvious choice to play an iconic crime fighter.
After all, this is the guy who became a poster boy for Hollywood excess, serving a year in prison on drug and alcohol-related charges and checking in and out of rehab like it was the Four Seasons.
But it is exactly that past, says director Jon Favreau (Elf), that makes Downey the only choice to play playboy millionaire and recovering alcoholic Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, the comic-book superhero who hits multiplexes next year.
“We didn’t want to just go with a safe choice,” Favreau says from the set of the film, due in theaters May 2, 2008. “The best and worst moments of Robert’s life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That’s Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can’t get the girl. Plus, he’s simply one of the best actors around.”
For his part, Downey is trying to become an iron man. At 42, he lifts weights five days a week and practices martial arts to get in shape to play the hard-bodied Stark, an arms manufacturer who uses his ultimate weapon, a jet-powered, missile-launching suit of armor, to fight evil.
More important, Downey says, he’s been working on his emotional stamina since coming out of rehab in 2002. His supporting roles in Good Night, and Good Luck and Zodiac have earned critical raves.
And anchoring a big-budget summer film such as Iron Man could go a long way toward cementing that return.
“I’m more diligent than I used to be,” Downey says. “I want to show Jon he was right to have faith in me. Whatever questions might have arisen about my life weren’t issues with him.”
Nor with many fans, says Rob Morley of Comics2Film.com.
“Fans need the heart of the comic to be in” the movie, he says. “Tony Stark had a substance abuse problem. He was built up and torn down many times. I think when people heard Robert Downey was going to play the part, there was actually a big relief.”
Downey knows a thing or two about comics, and he can get downright geeky when discussing them. He prefers Marvel to D.C. comics. He liked Iron Man, “but mainly through his appearance with Avengers.” His favorite early heroes, he says, were the relatively obscure Sgt. Rock and Sgt. Fury.
It wasn’t until Downey matured that he came to appreciate the man in the iron suit.
“He struggles with his lifestyle, he struggles with the drinking,” Downey says of Stark. “He faces the same issues a lot of people do.” Via USA Today
Wow! One would think that a stack of comic books, trade paperbacks and magazines would take so long!
The store arc for 52 is almost done, wow that Black Adam went nuts and killed millions, but thanks to Captain Marvel. Black Adam is no longer able to use his magic work to become the bad man he was and you can catch what took place in DC’ World War III.
I actually think that the 52 has been a better story line that Civil War, but I am getting a kick out of the Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness.
This Satuday night, the Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther cartoon movie will be making its world television premiere on Cartoon Network at 9:30 EST and Marvel.com has a trailer from the movie showcasing Tony Stark, the Invicible Iron Man, donning a fierce suit of armor.
Based on the best-selling comic book The Ultimates, Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther is the sequel to the first smash success Ultimate Avengers film. Captain America once again leads the Ultimate Avengers into action against an alien force looking to lay waste to Earth. Featuring Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man, and Wasp, the Ultimate Avengers find themselves in Africa repelling the alien force when they meet a very familiar face to comic fans: the Blank Panther!
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther is a pulse-pounding comic book movie coming into your homes this Satuday night at 9:30 on Cartoon Network
Favreau listed off a number of IRON MAN regulars who would appear in the film.
The obvious conclusion in which AICN reporter Quint reached was that Terrence Howard was offered the role of James Rhodes, good friend to Tony Stark and future bearer of the armor and IRON MAN identity.
He became known as War Machine after Stark reclaimed the name and suit.
So, that’s the word. Terrence Howard has been offered the role of James Rhodes in the IRON MAN film. No guarantee he’ll take it.