‘Iron Man 4’ Cancellation: Robert Downey, Jr. To Star In ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Instead? Actor’s Fee May Be Too High For Marvel
Iron Man fans all over the world are awaiting official news of "Iron Man 4," the potential fourth installment to Marvel's lucrative "Iron Man" film series. Though it has been more than three years since "Iron Man 3" was released, there has still been no word from Marvel on whether or not it is coming out with another "Iron Man" stand-alone film.
With no official confirmation of a possible "Iron Man 4," speculations have run rampant, from the possibility that Robert Downey, Jr. is asking for a salary that is too steep for Marvel to the fact that the actor may simply be too old to reprise his role as the iron-clad Avenger.
Recently, reports have also come out suggesting that Downey, Jr. may be ditching "Iron Man 4" in favor of a third installment to the Guy Ritchie-directed "Sherlock Holmes" series of films, in which he co-stars with Jude Law. According to these reports, Downey, Jr. is currently too busy with "Sherlock Holmes 3" and other projects to star in a fourth "Iron Man" film. Though there have been reports that the third "Sherlock Holmes" film is already filming, there is currently no official release date for it.
Apart from the suggestion that Downey, Jr. may be focusing on "Sherlock Holmes 3," there has also been talks that "Iron Man 4" may not push through because the actor has been negotiating for a pay increase that Marvel has yet to agree to. The "Avengers: Age of Ultron" actor is, after all, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, earning $33 million in 2016, according to Forbes.
Reports suggest that in the absence of an agreement with Downey, Jr., Marvel may choose to replace the actor. Instead, the studio could introduce a new character in "Iron Man 4" to replace Tony Stark and take on the mantle of Iron Man. Riri Williams, the new comic-book Iron Man, is a possible replacement for Stark.
Though Downey, Jr. may not appear in a potential "Iron Man 4," fans can still look forward to his roles in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) and "Avengers: Infinity War (2018)."
Postato da faryedely il Sabato, 28 gennaio @ 20:50:32 CET (144 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: SHERLOCK HOLMES 3: INGAGGIATI I NUOVI SCENEGGIATORI
SHERLOCK HOLMES 3: INGAGGIATI I NUOVI SCENEGGIATORI
Affollata writer's room per la nuova avventura che coinvolgerà lo Sherlock Holmes di Robert Downey Jr. e il Dottor Watson di Jude Law.
Qualche mese fa Robert Downey Jr. ha dichiarato che avrebbe voluto girare Sherlock Holmes 3 entro la fine del 2016, ma a quanto pare il film entrerà in lavorazione solamente dopo la fine delle riprese di Avengers: Infinity War.
Nel frattempo Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow e Team Downey si stanno muovendo per mettere insieme una writer's room di alto livello. Geneva Dworet-Robertson, Kieran Fitzgerald, Justin Malen, Nicole Perlman e Gary Whitta firmeranno la sceneggiatura del terzo capitolo della saga action interpretata da Robert Downey Jr. e Jude Law.
Nel terzo episodio del franchise potremmo rivedere alcuni voti noti. Non ancora confermato il ritorno di Rachel McAdams nei panni di Irene Adler né Kelly Reilly in quelli di Mary Watson. Sherlock Holmes: Gioco di ombre ha, inoltre, introdotto Stephen Fry nel ruolo di Mycroft Holmes, fratello maggiore di Sherlock, e Jared Harris in quello del Professor Moriarty, arcinemesi del detective. Da confermare anche la presenza di Guy Ritchie dietro la macchina da presa.
Postato da faryedely il Sabato, 29 ottobre @ 20:52:26 CEST (33 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes 3: in autunno le riprese
‘Sherlock Holmes 3’: Producer Joel Silver Confirms Filming May Start This Fall; Teases More Sequels
Insanely busy schedules be damned, it looks as though Sherlock Holmes 3 may actually, finally be happening this year. A follow-up to Guy Ritchie’s 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has been in the works ever since that film grossed $545 million worldwide, but not only is matching up the schedules of Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Ritchie incredibly tricky, but all involved wanted to ensure they had a story worth telling for the follow-up. Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce was put on the case in 2011, but then everything went quiet. Until last month, that is.
During the press tour for Captain America: Civil War, Downey Jr. revealed that he’s been talking with Ritchie and that Sherlock Holmes 3 could start filming this year. This came as a surprise given that Downey Jr. has a very busy schedule ahead of him by way of the two Avengers: Infinity War films that will be shooting back to back, but when Collider’s own Christina Radish caught up with producer Joel Silver at the press day for Shane Black’s delightful 70s detective story The Nice Guys (opening this Friday—see it!), he confirmed that cameras could indeed be rolling on Sherlock Holmes 3 by the end of the year:
“It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now.”
Production on Avengers: Infinity War is slated to begin in November with Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo back in the director’s chair, but it sounds like Downey Jr. isn’t due on set until early 2017, leaving a bit of a hole in his schedule to squeeze in this next Sherlock film. But given how long it’s taken for Sherlock 3 to get off the ground, would this be a trilogy-ending installment? According to Silver, not in the slightest:
“I hope [it’s not the last one]. I don’t think so. How many Bond films have they made? As long as there’s a character, we can work with it. It’s not an end story. We can keep going, as long as people want to do it. It’s [the actor’s] call. They have to say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to go.’ I read about them making another Bad Boys. If they want to do it, then you try to get it done.”
Just after Downey broke the news of Sherlock Holmes 3 possibly filming this year, word surfaced that Warner Bros. had set screenwriter James Coyne to perform a rewrite of Pearce’s script, but it sounds like the stars are certainly beginning to align to get this thing rolling. Ritchie is currently in post-production on Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur for WB and hasn’t set his next directorial effort yet, so brace yourselves Sherlock fans: the sequel could be in theaters in just a couple of years.
Postato da faryedely il Venerdì, 20 maggio @ 15:30:30 CEST (49 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes 3, riconfermati Robert Downey Jr e Jude Law
Sherlock Holmes 3, riconfermati Robert Downey Jr e Jude Law
I fan di Sherlock Holmes si preparino, perché a quanto pare è in lavorazione il terzo capitolo della saga e la Warner Bros avrebbe scelto James Coyne per la nuova sceneggiatura.
Il primo film, datato 2009, fu un grande successo e per questo seguì a distanza di pochi anni il secondo: Sherlock Holmes- Gioco di ombre, il cui protagonista è sempre stato Robert Downey Jr riconfermato anche per il terzo sequel insieme a Jude Law.
Per Sherlock Holmes 3 è in atto, con grande fervore, la stesura della sceneggiatura ed a quanto pare poco sarebbe anche il tempo per le riprese poiché a fine anno è già prevista la lavorazione di Avengers- Infinity War dove ancora una volta Robert Downey Jr. sarà protagonista, senza dimenticare che il celebre artista sarà anche sul set di Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In virtù di queste responsabilità già prese ed affinché tutti gli impegni possano essere incastrati, molto probabilmente, le riprese del terzo capitolo sull’investigatore più famoso del mondo (personaggio letterario ideato da Arthur ConanDoyle) potrebbero slittare direttamente alla fine del nuovo anno.
Ricordiamo che Robert Downey Jr è impegnato in questo 2016 cinematografico anche con “Captain America: Civil War“, regia di Anthony e Joe Russo, di cui vi abbiamo parlato qualche giorno fa, mentre Jude Law, quest’anno è in uscita con Genius, per la regia di Michael Grandage.
Postato da faryedely il Domenica, 01 maggio @ 18:03:07 CEST (55 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes 3: Ingaggiato lo sceneggiatore
Sherlock Holmes 3: ingaggiato lo sceneggiatore!
Dopo che Robert Downey Jr. ha annunciato l’inizio della produzione entro fine anno, la Warner Bros, ha ora ingaggiato un nuovo sceneggiatore per Sherlock Holmes 3.
Dopo che Robert Downey Jr. ha annunciato l’inizio della produzione entro fine anno, la Warner Bros, ha ora ingaggiato un nuovo sceneggiatore per Sherlock Holmes 3: si tratta di James Coyne (Puncture Wounds, Vikingdom), che riscriverà lo script precedentemente realizzato da Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), ingaggiato nel 2011.
Il terzo film della serie verrà nuovamente diretto da Guy Ritchie (UNCLE e già regista dei precedenti film di Sherlock Holmes), oltre che il ritorno delle stelle del frachise Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes) e Jude Law (Dr. John Watson).
Entrambi i film precedenti, Sherlock Holmes (2009) e Sherlock Holmes- Gioco di Ombre (2011) hanno incassato entrambi più di mezzo miliardo in tutto il mondo.
Postato da faryedely il Martedì, 26 aprile @ 19:56:22 CEST (59 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: EXCLUSIVE: Downey Jr. confirms Sherlock Holmes 3 shooting this year
EXCLUSIVE: Downey Jr. confirms Sherlock Holmes 3 shooting this year
In an exclusive interview with ShortList, Robert Downey Jr. said he and director Guy Ritchie, who directed the first two instalments of Sherlock Holmes, would be starting work on a third film before the end of the year.
“We’re talking about it right now,” said the actor. "We can do some preliminary stuff.”
He admitted that their busy schedules caused the delay in following up 2011’s A Game of Shadows, which saw Holmes fake his death after a fight with his nemesis Moriarty.
“If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have the whole [movie] done in a week,” he admitted. “When we’re making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. [So] we’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m so excited about it."
The scampish star also let slip to ShortList he would be in the UK as part of the promotional tour for Captain America: Civil War, and was looking forward to discussing Holmes with Ritchie as part of his trip to London.
“He’ll say ‘I’ll meet you on my bike’, all that sort of macho stuff,” he said. “I’ve always considered riding a bike in London as taking your life in your own hands. Guy makes it look easy.”
Captain America: Civil War sees former allies Tony Stark and Steve Rogers come to blows over government plans to curb the Avengers’ vigilante behaviour by making them work for the UN. Trailers have shown the pair leading their own factions of Marvel characters – including Black Widow, Vision, Hawkeye and Falcon – into a huge battle.
Downey Jr. praised the new additions to the Marvel universe – including Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-man, saying “I have so much admiration for everybody.
“[Boseman] is a really big deal. Softly spoken, but extremely dynamic. And that takes nothing away from [Anthony] Mackie [The Falcon], who knows how to hold court.”
Postato da faryedely il Giovedì, 21 aprile @ 15:55:43 CEST (49 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ promises the best of all Sherlock films
‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ promises the best of all Sherlock films; No time travel for Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of the genius detective is coming back for 'Sherlock Holmes 3'. Joined by Jude Law who will reprise his role as Dr. John Watson, 'Sherlock Holmes 3' is underway, with the script being worked on. Law had an idea of time travel for the plot that he told Downey and director Guy Ritchie, which was ultimately turned down.
According to Movie News Guide, Law pitched the idea of time travel for 'Sherlock Holmes 3', surprising both Downey and Ritchie. What Law had in mind was and H.G. Wells and Sherlock Holmes combination. Downey even topped it by saying that they the time travel should be induced by a pill.
Law was amazed that his pitch leaked, however he admits that it might be too farfetched for the Victorian era set movie. 'Sherlock Holmes 3' is expected to stay in that era as opposed to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock and the Elementary version, according to Christian Post.
Producer Lionel Wigrem has claimed that the script for 'Sherlock Holmes 3' is the best out of the 3 they made, prompting Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law to be enthusiastic about their return as the dynamic duo. Rachel McAdams, who played Irene Adler, is not yet confirmed to return. Fans are curious as to who will be the villain after Lord Blackwood and Professor Moriarty were defeated in the first and second films.
On the other hand, another Holmes movie was recently released, focusing on the detective's old age. The movie titled 'Mr. Holmes' featured Ian McKellen as the genius detective in the twilight of his life. The movie 'Mr. Holmes' recently settled a lawsuit on copyright infringements for taking stories still under exclusive rights, as reported by Variety.
While all these information has been on the news, there hasn't been an official announcement on its release date. Whether 'Sherlock Holmes 3' will explain how Sherlock escaped his apparent death in the second movie or not, moviegoers are anticipating this sequel's offering, as Ritchie, Downey and Law have not disappointed in their earlier outings.
Postato da faryedely il Martedì, 06 ottobre @ 00:10:37 CEST (99 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Robert Conferma Sherlock Holmes 3
Robert Downey Jr. conferma Sherlock Holmes 3 e aggiorna su Perry Mason
Secondo il sito Inquisitr sono in molti a voler Robert Downey Jr. come interprete di Perry Mason, l'avvocato di successo protagonista dei romanzi gialli di Erle S. Gardner, ai quali si ispirerà la prossima trasposizione cinematografica in cantiere ormai dal 2011.
Tra i produttori del film su Mason figurano lo stesso Robert Downey Jr., sua moglie Susan e Robert Cort, ma non ci sono ulteriori dettagli a riguardo. Intanto sul web è stato confermato uno Sherlock Holmes 3, che concluderebbe la trilogia di Guy Ritchie. In merito al progetto l’attore hollywoodiano ha rivelato:
“Sì, abbiamo uno Sherlock 3 in fase di sviluppo e vogliamo che sia il migliore, ma non vedo l'ora di mettermi al lavoro sulla trasposizione di Perry Mason, la quale si basa sulla serie di libri del 1931, un po’ come abbiamo fatto con i primi 2 Sherlock, i quali si sono basati sul materiale originale". Poi ha aggiunto: “Perry Mason è una specie di pre-Chinatown thriller e avrà molte scene in tribunale e sequenze d’azione”.
Cosa ne pensate? A voi piacerebbe veder recitare Robert Downey Jr. nei panni di Perry Mason?
Postato da faryedely il Domenica, 05 luglio @ 14:26:32 CEST (144 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Susan Downey: New Sherlock has to be perfect
Susan Downey: New Sherlock has to be perfect
Susan Downey is acting "responsibly" about getting a third Sherlock Holmes movie to screens.
Susan Downey is conscious of time running out for a third Sherlock Holmes film.
The filmmaker produced the first two movies in the detective franchise, which stars her husband Robert Downey, Jr. and Brit actor Jude Law.
She's confirmed a third instalment is in the making and feels the pressure to get things finalised before fans get bored.
"At a certain point it's going to be too long - we've waited too long," she worried to Collider.
"We're working as fast and responsibly as we can to get a great script. As soon as that great script walks in. But we're working on it. It's really exciting to hear people... wanting another one."
Sherlock Holmes hit cinemas in 2009 and sequel A Game of Shadows followed in 2011. Despite the wait now approaching three years, Susan knows the storyline has to be perfect for them to kick off filming.
"There's an idea. There's an idea, there's an outline, there is not a script yet. Trust me, the studio would love there to be a script," she admitted.
"But our feeling is, we gotta get it right. When you come back and you do a third one, there's gotta be something there that really warrants putting it back on the screen again. Other than, 'Hey it's just fun to see these guys together.' Which you know, that's a really good reason, by the way."
The producer also gushed about Jude and Robert's onscreen chemistry, calling it "so good". She also confirmed fans can expect the third film within the next few years.
Postato da faryedely il Mercoledì, 15 ottobre @ 21:21:56 CEST (111 letture)
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Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr interview: 'Superhero movies? They're a little old'
Robert Downey Jr interview: 'Superhero movies? They're a little old'
Robert Downey Jr on Marvel's plans for Iron Man 4, his memories of Richard Attenborough, and why his new film The Judge is his most personal yet
I arrive at Robert Downey Jr’s four-storey headquarters in Venice, California. I use the word headquarters for many reasons. First, there’s a sense that Team Downey, his production company, is trying to change the world, or at least Hollywood. Second, it’s far too spectacular to be called an office.
Downey is wearing a T-shirt and sweats. He is fresh from the gym. He is a mixture of calm and perky. He tells me that the building used to belong to a British photographer, and as we wind our way upstairs past various warrens and members of his staff, he shows me his son Exton’s playroom which used to be “the playboy suite where the photographer would take all of his models and then they would shower in the opaque glass shower room”.
Upstairs, there used to be a swimming pool, but it is now a sundeck with pillows and day beds, a kitchen and a dining area, where Downey’s chef, Charles, makes us a wonderful lunch as healthy as it is exquisite – avocado, seaweed, heirloom tomatoes. “Did you like the movie?” Downey asks, with only a hint of nervousness. I did like it. I laughed. I cried. I loved the Downey-Robert Duvall chemistry.
The Judge is the first Team Downey-produced film. (Downey stars and his wife, Susan, who is currently eight months pregnant, is at the production helm.) A radical contrast to all things Iron Man and The Avengers, it has Downey – said to be the highest-earning actor in the world, reputedly collecting between $50 million and $75 million per movie – returning to the style of acting he employed when he was first starting off-Broadway. It is dialogue driven, a story about coming to terms with his life via clashes with his father. Downey plays an ambitious lawyer, a chancer and a master manipulator of the law, while Duvall is his father, the eponymous judge; upstanding, harsh but fair, and the man with whom Downey has an impenetrable rift.
It is a powerful and emotional script. What drew him to it? “I wanted to make it so that we couldn’t think about doing any other movie but this. I was the only fixed element of the casting.” He pauses, toying with a piece of teriyaki chicken. “These days I hear things like ‘We’re going to have a chemistry test between so and so and so.’ ”
Has he ever done a chemistry test? “I think they weren’t calling it that then.” It’s true that he had to audition for Iron Man, and the story of his own life reads like a superhero transformation. Downey was always brilliant but troubled, self-destructive. Various drug charges lead to newspaper stories, even a stint in jail and, in 1999, a term at the California Substance Abuse Facility Centre.
He came back in 2003 with a brilliant performance in The Singing Detective, a film for which he could not get insured until his friend Mel Gibson stepped in. After a number of well-received movies, including A Guide to Recognising Your Saints and A Scanner Darkly, he returned to the mainstream with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. But Iron Man, of course, was the big comeback, the fanfare, all singing and all dancing. The Downey that everyone loved.
“A chemistry test is something to try to find the thing that [Gwyneth] Paltrow and I have in Iron Man,” he says. “It’s something where you have to think this movie is going to work because of you two.
“I’d seen Duvall in a movie called Get Low and I thought, ‘Wow! I want to be able to hold down a movie for an hour-and-a-half then have a five-minute monologue at the end that is actually the highlight of the movie.’ He’s a powerhouse.”
Indeed, there is already talk of Duvall winning an Oscar nomination for The Judge. It’s a film that will have deep emotional resonance for many people, especially those who have a strained relationship with a parent. I wonder if Downey was inspired by his relationship with his own father, Robert Downey Sr, an underground filmmaker who, when they were growing up on the East Coast, often included Downey Jr in his work. He made his acting debut at the age of five, playing a sick puppy in the absurdist comedy Pound (1970). And then, at seven, he appeared in Greaser’s Palace. His mother, Elsie Ford, once played 17 different characters in the movie Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight (1975).
I remember him telling me that once when he was young and broke and needed $2, his father wouldn’t give it to him. He said at the time that he respected that and it helped make him who he is. That had shocked me.
“I’m glad I was feeling so expansive at the time,” he says. There’s a pause and a raised eyebrow. “My father was trying to make a point; that there’s no handouts. I think there are elements in any father that are similar and others not. Duvall doesn’t have any kids. Isn’t that interesting?”
The starting point for The Judge is when Downey’s character returns home for his mother’s funeral. “Because of what just happened recently, it’s very much an art-imitates-life movie,” he says.
Downey’s mother died just three days before our interview. He shows me his desk, which is placed opposite his wife’s desk. Susan’s is full of work in progress. On his desk is a black-and-white picture of his mother in a check Fifties dress. Her dark eyes shine out of the photo frame. His eyes are her eyes. He concedes he was a lot like her.
Understandably, he doesn’t want to talk about her. “That’s what’s called a boundary.” Later, he wrote it all down in a moving Facebook tribute, recounting how she dropped out of college and moved to New York with dreams of becoming a comedian. She met and married Downey Sr, had two children and worked in her husband’s movies. The marriage fell apart. Her acting career suffered due to her alcohol addiction. Downey Jr lived with her and her boyfriend, Jonas Kerr, who became a second father in a two-room, five-storey walk-up in Manhattan. She finally got sober in 1990.
“When I strived to have the kind of success that eluded her, my own addiction repeatedly forbade it,” he wrote. “In the summer of 2004, I was in bad shape. She called me out of the blue and I admitted everything. I don’t remember what she sang. I haven’t drank or used since.
“My ambition, tenacity, loyalty, moods, grandiosity, occasional passive aggression and my faith, that’s all her.” He ended his tribute saying, “If anyone out there has a mother and she’s not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway.”
Death brings me on to life. Does he have a name for his baby girl? “No. With Exton it was really easy. I asked Susan, do you have any eccentric uncles and she said, ‘Jay Exton Turner’. And we looked up Exton and it’s a town where a bunch of roads cross,” he says.
What about his first son, Indio, now aged 19? He was recently arrested on drugs charges. Is he doing OK? “I suspect he is. He’s in treatment. He’ll be home soon. He and I are extremely close. He’s a musician. He’s putting a new band together.”
The Judge asks many questions about the father-son relationship. Downey Sr perhaps gave Downey Jr too much free rein. It has often been written that he introduced him to smoking cannabis when he was a child and, in general, encouraged a bohemian existence.
“Yes, maybe too much free rein. In the past couple of years, people who had the same counter-culture upbringing as I did, [have told me] that they rebelled against it by becoming squares. They rebelled by becoming materially successful in a way that’s very above board.”
It’s hard to imagine Downey, who at one point seemed like the poster boy for rebellion, dreaming of being square. He is, after all, a man of extremes, complex but at the same time easy going. He is now 49 and enjoying a marriage built on careful and strong foundations. “I don’t think I aspire to it intentionally because I didn’t think I had a shot at it. I thought I deserved it, but it probably would not happen. But from day to day my perspective changes. It’s interesting when you’re old enough to take a new, objective approach looking at your parents, frame them in a way where you are actually taking yourself out of the equation and just look at the things that are true about their life,” he says.
Did The Judge open some psychological doors? “Maybe,” he says. “When I was in New York, I would go to the cinema with him and the movie would start and my dad would be, ‘Let’s go. This is bulls---.’ I walked out of more movies than I saw because my dad would deem that what they’d done he’d already seen and it was no good. So I just assumed that if my dad said so, he’d be the one to judge because he’s a movie guy. People say that his movies are revolutionary.”
Richard Attenborough was also a father figure to him and his recent death was a great loss. He talks about their last meeting. “I went to see him and [Attenborough’s wife] Sheila. I was a little apprehensive, so I brought Guy Ritchie with me. I felt like I had some closure and stuff to do. They were in an assisted living facility. When [Attenborough’s home] Beauvoir Lodge wound up being sold, I felt they had no idea what the future would hold. I never thought there would be a time when Lord and Lady wouldn’t be in the Lodge.
“When I was doing The Avengers sequel, I was staying in Richmond so I could pass by. If we got invited to Beauvoir Lodge, (a) it meant we were going to have a lot of fun, and (b) we’d see his art collection. And there would always be interesting people there. I didn’t know my last time would be my last time. I thought I’d be back again. But you never know when the last time is, do you? He was the greatest.”
Attenborough directed Downey in his first Oscar-nominated performance, in Chaplin. Was he a nurturing director? He mimics Attenborough’s voice. “Darling… When it came down to who was in charge or who had authority, he would put me through my paces. But less than anybody I ever knew he had no judgment on my glaring character defects.” (Downey is frequently self-depracating.)
“But there was a minute during Chaplin before we started shooting where I thought he should let me rewrite the script. And I told him as much and I said, ‘You should come over because I’ve rewritten the script with someone you’ve never met,’ and he was really p----- off.”
Why did he decide to rewrite the script? “We’re talking about the point of view of a scared s---less 26-year-old who was about to do something that was going to define him one way or another. There is nothing more entertaining than an actor who hasn’t started shooting. Anyway, Lord Attenborough was really f---ing haughty about it and from the first day of shooting he worked me like a rib. I realised I would be going where he said, doing what he said. The working hard was fun. I really like harmony. I don’t need to get into spats with people. There was just that one and then he was sweet again through the whole thing.
“Next up I’m developing a very absurd and heartfelt version of Pinocchio that I’m crazy about. It’s live action and I might play both Pinocchio and Geppetto. I like mainstream movies that are completely off the wall.”
I wonder if that’s how Downey sees himself; both mainstream and off the wall. It seems to fit. Iron Man has grossed more than $2 billion and was certainly mainstream, yet he imbued the character of Tony Stark with an uncommon amount of flair, verve and vulnerability.
In recent weeks, Downey has been somewhat slippery when asked about the prospect of a fourth Iron Man film. First he told a reporter that he’d only make Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson directed; he later explained that it was a joke. He then told Ellen DeGeneres that he was "in the middle of negotiation" over the film, slightly backtracking the following day when speaking to David Letterman. "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4," he said. "There's no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they're going to announce it." All of which has led to speculation that there will indeed be an Iron Man 4, but with a different actor in the suit.
He's similary cryptic when asked I put the question to him. Do Marvel have plans for an Iron Man 4? “Not that I’m aware of.” Is that the end of Iron Man? “Not that I’m aware of.” He just appears in Avengers movies? “Avengers was another opportunity, but they’re not talking about Iron Man 4. I was kind of bombed out to tell the truth, but maybe they’ve got bigger fish to fry and I trust their overall vision. The funny thing about these genre movies is you’d think they were national secrets.”
The Avengers movie in 2012 was one of the biggest-grossing films in history at $1.52 billion, and while Downey was certainly ready to return to more traditional character acting, I’m sure he’s very protective of Tony Stark. He often refers to the weekend when he auditioned for Iron Man as the weekend that changed his life.
Does he get a little jealous when there’s another superhero movie, another Spider-Man or another Batman? “Honestly, the whole thing is just showing the beginning signs of fraying around the edges. It’s a little bit old. Last summer there were five or seven different ones out. I feel that they are critiqued by a different metric to any other movie.”
Surely that metric is box office? “Right. But also they are more forgiven because they operate on a different frequency. It’s like a bunch of really good dancers and you’re looking for the one who keeps changing her leg warmers. They make a lot of money.”
Iron Man has also made him a lot of money. “Yes, I’ve done very well.” It’s such a lot of money, is it real to him? “It’s funny how quickly you can get used to radical changes. Also if you’re raised with a poverty mentality, nothing is going to change it. I do know some really stingy billionaires. I come from such a generation of hand-to-mouthers.’
Is it hard to adjust? “Right. But the nice thing is if you have 10 pints of ice cream in the freezer and it’s night-time you go, ‘I’m not really feeling it for ice cream’. If you don’t have any, you’re craving ice cream. If you’ve got plenty of ice cream, you’re not going to eat it and think there’s never going to be any more. There’s not the kind of famine psyche, you know?”
Does he worry that the money could have a negative impact on his children? Does he go along with Sting, who said recently he wouldn’t be leaving any of his money to his children? “Anything Sting says I agree with,” he says, grinning.
I don’t get the impression Downey is particularly materialistic. I think he always has wanted to do the best possible job. “I want to make a movie that’s commercial and the studio will not lose money, but I want to do something that feels like a departure.”
Downey says that he’s talking about a Sherlock Holmes III and how he hopes to return to London. He does a very funny Guy Ritchie impersonation. And he speaks of Jude Law with great affection. “There isn’t anybody I’d rather be figuring out fight choreographies or how to sell a moment with. He is like my acting wife. Totally trustworthy, technically and intellectually sound,” he says.
How about his actual wife? What is team Downey really like? “She’s a really good den mother and I really like being under her wing when we’re working. I bring in other people that are a little bit complicated and she sorts them out. She always knows the really cool venue or what people to bring together, who will get on with whom. No one feels like they’re not invited. It’s so emotionally healthy. I have never met anyone who can be so cut and dried about things, yet is able to say things in a way where people’s feelings don’t get hurt.”
Downey says that he is looking forward to taking things at a slower pace – fewer projects and more family time, especially with his baby daughter about to arrive.
Is there anything that he loves to spend money on and anything he hates? “I love spending money on gifts. I hate spending money on a septic system in my house. They run the pipes away from the house and then the house stinks more than it ever did after you spent all this money on it. I hate throwing good money after bad.”
Postato da faryedely il Domenica, 12 ottobre @ 18:17:21 CEST (119 letture)
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