Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has already worked together in the past via the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Downey in particular is happy with the work they’ve done together in bringing back Tony Stark and his Iron Man armor back for a third outing.
“I adore him,” says Downey Jr. “I’ve been a fan of Shane Black since I saw Lethal Weapon. When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house.
“For instance, in the Iron Man scene where Tony Stark comes back from captivity and calls a press conference, and then asked everybody to sit down, the speech Stark gives all came from Shane Black. So to get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favourite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling.”
Downey also has nothing but praise for Jon Favreau, who will be returning on screen as Tony Stark’s aide, Happy Hogan:
“Happy has an amazing arc in this movie,” he enthuses. “In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell – which sucks because I’m in every frame – are Favreau as Happy Hogan… I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous!”