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Jones Calls Iron Fist a Character with ‘Huge, Massive Contradictions’

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Jones Calls Iron Fist a Character with ‘Huge, Massive Contradictions’

When Danny Rand wends his way back to New York City in “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the Big Apple he finds will be a lot different than the one he left behind. Over the course of his stay in K’un-Lun, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has undergone alien invasions, infestations of killer robots, a Hydra coup and much, much more — all of which Danny missed as he trained to become the Immortal Iron Fist. However, this brave new world won’t be the only thing he has to rediscover; according to star Finn Jones at this year’s New York Comic Con, Danny’s trip home will also be a journey to find his own identity and reconcile the contradictions within himself.

Asked whether Netflix’s Iron Fist will consider himself an outsider to two worlds, Jones jumped in and added, “And to himself! An outsider to himself!”

“The best thing about Danny Rand is that he has these huge, massive contradictions,” he continued. “One half of him is… trying to be a super-centered martial artist and warrior, and the other half is a livewire, suffering from trauma, riddled with PTSD. So you’ve got those two contradictions that are constantly battling each other.”

“The other contradiction is that he’s spent some time in the East, but he’s from a Westernized family, so bringing those two together — especially when he comes back to New York and stuff, getting involved with Rand — he questions corporate ethics quite a lot, because he sees through things,” he added. “He’s innocent and he’s pure. He hasn’t been brought up in this very materialistic, dog-eat-dog world which suddenly he finds himself in. So there’s a lot of contradictions to play with. It’s a lot of fun as actor to get into that.”

He also addressed what will cause Danny to return to New York, saying, “I can’t really say much, because Marvel will shoot me dead on the spot.” Referring to the comic book character’s origin story, where he returned to exact revenge on his father’s killer, Jones went on, “What I will say is yeah, you’re right — there are contradictions to the character, and that’s what makes him really grounded and really fun to play.”

“If you’re watching the whole thing, it reveals itself more and more as it goes along why he left,” pitched in Jessica Stroup, who plays Danny’s childhood friend Joy Meachum.

“Yeah! Exactly! It’s a complete enigma,” Jones agreed. “You start the show and you’re like, ‘Who the fuck is this guy?’ And also, Danny doesn’t know who himself is as well. He’s a lost soul. He lost his parents when he was ten years old, he was living in a monastery in very harsh conditions for fifteen years… He’s troubled. He’s a really troubled character, and he’s asking questions that every twenty-five-year-old asks: ‘Who am I? What is my reason here?’ And he’s the Iron Fist as well, so he’s got even more responsibility that he’s trying to grapple with. Most of the show is Danny trying to figure out what his place is in the world, who he is, where does he fit in and who does he identify with.”

“I like the questions and the challenges that your character brings up as the show goes on,” Stroup added. “It plays out in real life, where you’ve got corporations who are polluting environments and you’ve got stuff even in my home state of North Carolina; there was some power plant that was having big issues. The idea of a character coming in who is so pure at heart and does have this… and he pushes the boundaries of, ‘Well, let’s change the way the status quo has always been.'”

Starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, “Iron Fist” arrives on Netflix on March 17, 2017. The series also stars “Star Wars: The Force Awakens'” Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum and more.

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