Talk about a dream team.
In a recent Actor Roundtable discussion, Jeff Bridges revealed some interesting details of the origin of "Iron Man" -- the movie, not the Avenger. Despite successfully launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the very concept of a 'cinematic universe'), the film had a rocky origin story that involved Bridges, director Jon Favreu and Tony Stark himself Robert Downey Jr. rewriting the script while on set filming.
"Iron Man, we [that's director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr.] read the script and it wasn't really right, you know? We had two weeks' rehearsal and we basically rewrote the script," Bridges told The Hollywood Reporter. "And the day before we were going to shoot, we get a call from the Marvel guy saying, 'Oh no, no, no. None of this is right.' So we would muster in my trailer and rehearse while the guys were in the studio tapping their foot, saying, 'When are they going to come?' We were still trying to figure out the [scenes] we were going to shoot." Take a moment to imagine Bridges, Favrreau and Downey huddled over a script disussing Iron Man's motivation, and try not to smile.
The group interview also featured Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Casey Affleck, Dev Patel and Mahershala Ali ( who's had a breakout year with "Moonlight" and "Luke Cage").The topic was broached when the discussion turned towards the travails of big studio films. Patel alluded to his experience on M. Night Shamylan's "The Last Airbender" film being nearly as tramautic as the experience of everyone who watched it (hey-o!), especially after just coming off of his breakout role in the more modestly budgeted "Slumdog Millionaire". "I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn't being heard. That was really scary for me," Patel said.
Garfield also chimed in with some strong criticism on "The Amazing Spiderman" series. "Spider-Man was my favorite superhero, my first superhero costume when I was a 3-year-old at Halloween," Garfield said. "I was like, there's millions of young people watching who are hungry for someone to say, "You're OK. You're seen very deeply." And more often than not the opportunity is not taken, and it is absolutely devastating and heartbreaking because there is so much medicine that could be delivered through those films."
While both Garfield and Bridges spoke less than kindly of studio superhero films, for Bridges' part he's still completely open to doing more. "I really set out to not develop a strong persona and mix it up so the audience would have an easier time projecting whatever character I was playing."