Robert Downey Jr. made a surprise appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood on Sunday, where he dished about 'Iron Man 3' and working with Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo on 'The Avengers.'
He and Jon Favreau talked about helping out new-to-the-franchise 'Iron Man' director Shane Black, who directed Downey in 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' and negotiating Favreau's perks as a mere actor: "I want a love scene with Pepper Potts with my shirt on, and I want to transform into The Freak," insisted Favreau.
They also addressed the difficulties of making 'Iron Man 3' in a post-'Avengers' world, when Tony Stark will be back to solo crime fighting, without the aid of the rest of the comic book team. "What are you gonna say? 'They all just lost their cell phones and you can't get help?' So it's going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience," said Favreau.
Downey Jr. and Favreau riffed on Black's involvement and Favreau's demands:
Favreau: If The Freak isn't in it, I'm not doing it. If Happy Hogan doesn't turn into The Freak, I'm not doing it. Here's what happens to Happy Hogan, he marries Pepper Potts ... [Gwyneth Paltrow's character].
Downey Jr: Wait a minute, you want both?
Favreau: I want a love scene with Pepper Potts with my shirt on and I want to transform into The Freak.Downey Jr: ... So what I can say about this kind of circle-of-life thing is Shane, as he's getting into the process [to direct 'Iron Man 3'] and getting his sea legs and stuff, he goes, 'When can we talk to Jon?' So there's going to be this kind of conglomerate of efforts.
Favreau: And I love the franchise and I'm a big fan of Shane's as well, so hopefully I can be helpful because I want to see this thing grow and transform. And actually, when it finally landed on Shane, it was like, 'All right, that's gonna be something interesting.'
Downey Jr. But again the toughest man of 'Iron Man 3' will be Jon Favreau's day rate. It's gonna be huge and I'll see that they pay it.
The actor also talked about 'The Avengers,' which is six weeks into its shoot, with Joss Whedon at the helm:
Well, I hate everybody. I'm not talking about the cast, I'm not talking about Joss. What I mean is I tend to look at a scene and say 'This is absolutely impossible, we can't shoot this, it's horrible. I can tell you 10 other movies it's been in, I refuse.' I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what I've signed on to do ... I just thought, How are you gonna put all of us clowns together? He's wearing a suit, he's all jacked up, he's so and so, and poor Mark Ruffalo, he's gonna outdo us. And we're about six weeks in, and I have to say Joss Whedon is nailing it. He's so smart and so good. And it's gonna be great. I can't believe I just said it. I never could've believed this, but it's gonna be great."Do you think Shane Black will do 'Iron Man 3' justice? Will 'The Avengers' live up to expectations?