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Quint gets a ten minute meeting at Comic-Con with Tony Stark himself, Mr. Robert Downey Jr.!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Okay, now this is probably the second biggest geek awe moment interview of the Con. The first was Peter Fonda (that’s a holy shit awesome interview that’ll pop up in the next couple of days) and now Robert Downey Jr. I won’t say anything more other than I think this turned out pretty damn good. Enjoy and look out for sound-o-text links (and yes, I know I say “yeah” a lot… you probably do, too… and yes, I know a giggle like Amadeus… gimme a break, will ya’? I’m a geek, afterall!)

Robert Downey Jr.: Having never been here, I was stoked on the drive over and then we’re in this little box room and there was the video game and the guys from SEGA and I’m like “cool, cool” and then there was [Adi] Granov and I’m like, “dude…” I’m hugging Adi and then all of a sudden we go out and I’m just standing there with Jon [Favreau] and there’s a mic in my hand and I’m like “I don’t know what this…” I was still taking it in and luckily “PT Barnum” got us through.

Quint: That’s awesome. I saw the footage on the Paramount panel. It’s really the best footage of the CON so far and I think they’re running it again on the Marvel panel, yeah?

Robert Downey Jr.: Yeah, which will be my first time seeing it.

Quint: The word has spread now. Every time someone asks “what have you seen that’s great?” and I always hear “ehh… Oh IRON MAN! IRON MAN!” Last year 300 was the talk of the CON and I think IRON MAN is this year’s,

Robert Downey Jr.: Wow.

Quint: So you’re in good company.

Robert Downey Jr.: I’m so stoked and by the way, just because I know you or rather think I do, our wind down is webbing around checking out the contributors and stuff, so I feel like I know you, from your point of view.

Quint: Well good, I hope I haven’t written something that has pissed you off then.

Robert Downey Jr.: There’s plenty of time for that… you don’t have to decide today.

[Both laugh]

Quint: Let’s talk about IRON MAN before they pull you away to the panel. One thing that I love about Tony Stark, as a character… Iron Man has many villains, but from the beginning his worst and most threatening villain has always been himself.

Robert Downey Jr.: Totally.

Quint: And I can imagine how attractive that must be to you as an actor, to play a super hero that is really more about fighting his own demons…


Robert Downey Jr.: I’d guess so, and I mean why I’m such a geek and multiple nerd-gasm recipient in my own right, is because I love mythology and where technology and mythology and science come together is… I think is kind of where the IRON MAN niche is really comfortable, which really means it is about man and his own development and all the gack and stuff like that, that I trip on, plus there’s that real testosterone edge, like I’m strung out on the military channel and I love watching all of those things… They’re like “Dog fights,” and I’m like “Stop what you’re doing!” and I watch those recreations and stuff and I feel like it’s just kind of in my blood and I don’t know if it’s because my grandfather was a war vet or if it’s just kind of a guy thing, but I think it’s that urge and I don’t want to say that we have been a little bit neutered in the 21st century, but there’s something about that desire to do that kind of one on one good vs. evil stuff, you know?

Quint: Yeah. It’s weird how that’s kind of ingrained on you though, because my grandfather was a pilot in World War II and it literally is… it’s like turning on a movie when you go visit and listen to his stories…

Robert Downey Jr.: And yet it was literally just one click back… right before the jet age and so it’s like “You didn’t know what it was like before,” and then you hear the Korean jet guys like “We have nothing before the F-Series came in,” but I think there’s a lot to be said for that. I mean, obviously it was generated, and Stan Lee said he kind of did it on a dare in the Vietnam era, but to me it does go back almost to World War II a bit as well as the Vietnam kids… A lot of the things were happening around the time that I was born, like around my third or fourth birthday and you think about that. You know, everyone says “mid-century World War II… There will never be men like that again,” but there was so many Vietnam vets, but there was also that turn against the military industrial complex and so where are we now and they say “oh, we can’t even buy in to what our military efforts are now,” but if you just put your mind and heart in the space of a soldier on behalf of his country, or a single entity with unlimited resources, who has a change of heart and wants to do what a good soldier would do. I can’t even really get into that, dude.

Quint: Yeah, I saw that change of heart in the footage a bit. After your attack and imprisonment it seems that really rolls back the pompous mindset. I love seeing a broad arc like that. I love seeing it, but Favreau was saying that with the presentation here he was selling you just as much as he was selling the suit and that was his plan, to make sure everybody knew that you are Tony Stark. Do you feel any pressure at all tackling this?


Robert Downey Jr.: You know when I felt the pressure in gearing up to screen test for it and I felt the pressure in pre-production, but I just took it off. You know what it’s like, if you see fear, head for it, so I just said “I want an office at production offices” and I really tried to make sure that I was on top of it and you know, anybody can train really hard and try to not look like a shlub, but I really felt by the time we started, and a lot of that was down to the great people we had and the great renderings and art and pre-viz and all that stuff that we had, so by the time we started I honestly… I was just down in the bathroom changing out of my leather jacket signing look into an actual Tony Stark suit and I just looked at it and said “I don’t know if I’m a little tweaked on this too much, but it’s like I feel like I’m… (laughs) like I’m him today a little bit,” and it’s being reinforced…

Quint: But you don’t have the glowing chest…

Robert Downey Jr.: Wouldn’t that have been a bit much though if I had? There’s the RT... that would have been like, “maybe he still doesn’t think he’s the guy, so he’s prop-ing up…”

Quint: Hey, Brando would have done it…

Robert Downey Jr.: He would have, wouldn’t he? Yeah, but he also would have given you cookies made out of tree bark and put on a hundred and sixty pounds between shooting and the COMIC-CON. He would have been his own booth.

Quint: Yes, he would have been the attraction.

Robert Downey Jr.: God bless him…It’s funny you said that though, because I remember being a kid and how deeply the SUPERMAN, with Brando in it, affected me and I always kind of think of IRON MAN as a little bit like if Robert Altman had directed SUPERMAN, like when I… and there’s just a glimpse of it here, but we really kind of started off with a pretty strong text and then we workshopped it and we thought about it a lot and… no pressure back at you, but we were thinking about the likes of you fellas and what you would think about every stage of the way… We executed things and while some of it is so straight forward that that might be what’s a little bit surprising, our execution of a really basic origin story, I think that’s the part we did to the best of our ability.

Quint: I think Favreau has always been smart with effects and with him wanting to keep it as real as possible, because most people… a lot of directors would have just used the excuse of having CG any time the suit is on… You look at Lucas and the prequels, any time there’s a clone trooper, it’s always CG and you can tell there’s a disconnect. Do you think that that helped you, to have something to wear and actually interact with?


Robert Downey Jr: I’d guess so, I mean I was a lot more gung-ho about doing everything practical before I and the other three stunt guys… because I’ll just consider myself stuntman number 4… like the apprentice stuntman… We were all getting torn back and shot out and bruised up and exhausted, but we knew that it was for a good cause. I don’t know that, should we do several more of these, that we wouldn’t try to do something a little bit different, you know? Mo-Cap is really good. When I was looking at the bids from the different houses for this, I was amazed at how the ones, who you can tell that what that was was a painted guy really doing it, which is in some ways better than just straight CGI. I don’t know, my education is just starting and I think maybe one of the things that qualified me for this, possibly above everything else, is A) I’m crazy about Favreau, so I’d do anything for him and B) He gave me this great opportunity and C) I am a huge movie fan. I love even bad movies. I can’t call it a bad movie, I loved CHUD… I love movies and…

Quint: CHUD is not a bad movie.

Robert Downey Jr: It’s not a bad movie, is it?

Quint: No, it’s actually a really fuckin’ good movie. I bought the DVD. I’ve re-watched it and it still holds up.

Robert Downey Jr: OK, see?

Quint: Well, there are bad movies, like Uwe Boll movies… Those are bad ones, but then there are movies that, if you are enjoying them, they’re not bad. Tarantino has a saying about those movies, “If I enjoy them and they do their job, then they’re not bad movies.” So there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure movie for me. If I like it, I like it.


Robert Downey Jr.: And we got off too, you know, because there’s a lot of scenes where we would say “Here we go… here’s that scene in that thing in the press conference and he’s got to come up and say ‘In my heart I know that it’s time for me to stand…’” and I was like, should we go and go “oh, well what can it not be?” and we would make a list and then Jon and I would write or enhance what was on the page and by the skin of our freaking teeth it’s the truth…

Quint: Well, you know I haven’t asked this question yet, but I’ve been meaning to find one good person to ask for a dirty joke and I think that you would probably be the one.

Robert Downey Jr.: I can’t give you a dirty joke, necessarily, but I can tell you my favorite joke.

Quint: Do it.


Robert Downey Jr.: I heard it when I was fifteen in Ellingham Germany… don’t ask me why I was there… It was told to me by a German teenager. He said, and we were pretty hammered, “What is difference between elephant and hippopotamus?” I said… and he said “there is no difference, they are both silly.”

Quint: Perfect.

Robert Downey Jr.: You know that kind of joke.

Well, consider me shocked. Favreau… he’s a geek. I’ve known that for years, so I expect him to follow the site in some manner, but I didn’t expect to hear that Downey was a reader as well. Maybe he isn’t and just wanted to inflate my ego, but I can say that his geeky energy was apparent during the interview. I think you can hear some of it coming through in the audio. The good vibes keep on rolling. This could be amazing. Hope you dug the interview. I have some catch-up to play on the plane back to Austin tomorrow. Look for more interviews and panel coverage, including my thoughts on the new Hulk design and the next Narnia flick. Stay tuned! -Quint

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  • July 30, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST

    (first) really 2nd...

    by Namorita

    Yes that was a fun interview

  • July 30, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST


    by Knthrak


  • July 30, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Such a great choice for this one

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I like this casting of Robert Downey jnr a lot, not so much because he's perfect for it but because he's such an unconventional choice. It might not work, but at least Favreau seems to want something a bit different.<p>Of the big three comic films due next year, this is the one I'm looking forward to the most. After that, Edward Norton as The Incredible Hulk. Lastly, what will likely be another mixture of solid character work and lacklustre action from Christopher Nolan.

  • July 30, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Seems to be coming together really well...

    by TELF

    Hope there'll be some nice action too.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    nice little chat. good to hear his voice instead of just reading what he said. btw: i guess Downey says ETTLINGEN...the german epicentre of Hippopotamus jokes.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by TELF

    Yup, here's hoping these new Marvel-produced films will be great.<p>Norton as Hulk is a great idea.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by darth_billy

    I've gotta say, everything that I have seen regarding Iron Man seems to be just perfect. The only Iron Man I have ever read was back in 1983, when Tony Stark had run himself into the ground due to Alcohol addiction. It was a really grown up and sympathetic story. I hope that they eventually do this story, with Robert Downey Jr (who can surely bring a brutal honesty to it).

  • July 30, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Chud is wicked

    by reni

    Cheesy FX but still wicked. The DVD commentary is the funniest I've heard.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint!

    by Dr.Zeus

    Any Mist news or Dark Tower news while you were in San Diego?

  • July 30, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    You're right, TELF

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Can't go wrong with Edward Norton, I reckon. The cast for that one is shaping up well, too, with Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, and Tim Blake Nelson. Letterier does trashy, dumb action well, and that's what I'd like to see in a Hulk film, so fingers crossed for that one.<p>P.S. Speaking of CHUD, are reporting that Terence Howard was hinting he'll wear the War Machine suit in this Iron Man film. Could be bollocks, of course, but you never know.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    yup, so far everything seems perfect for this movie...

    by just pillow talk

    Hmm...I hope chud is wrong Frankie, because we don't need another superhero movie jammed with too many things in it a la Spidey 3. Though maybe in the context of the movie, War Machine's appearance would work.

  • July 30, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I'm really

    by Dr.Zeus

    looking forward to Iron Man. I think Robert Downey Jr. was an inspired choice for Stark. I just hope the villain end holds up that part of the movie. That was my only problem with the most recent Iron Man animated movie. The villain was extremely bland. Thanks for the excellent interview Quint. (your photography is improving all the time) :D heh

  • July 30, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST


    by redfist

    No really! When Iron Man, by Sabbath can on I pee'ed my pants as well.

  • July 30, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by TheManWithTooManyNames

    BELOW!!! <br><br> The new AICN catch-phrase.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    awesome actor

    by messi

    how much did he own in a scanner darkly and zodiac. ahhhhh.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Biggie Next Summer

    by RobFromBackEast

    I know it's a geekfest anyway, but this is it for me next year. Downey is the bomb

  • July 30, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Iron Man Footage as AMAZING!!!

    by The+Hitman

    Too bad ScrewTube took it down. They need to put that up at the offical website RIGHTNOW. Favreau is the MAN, and RDjr has it going on. He IS Tony Stark.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    For anyone who missed it...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    The comic con footage is still up on A bit dark in places, but worth it just for that shot of the red and gold Iron Man streaking across the sky at the end. Great stuff.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    And before some smartass says it...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    No, not THAT kind of streaking.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    in accordance with our transatlantic treaty...

    by just pillow talk

    you are the fucking man Frankie! Muchas gracias! That clip kicked ass..and the red and gold suit..just great. My iron man did a little streaking after watching that clip.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Thanks Xiphos!

    by Dr.Zeus

    I've been away on vacation for a bit. And upon perusing the Cool News tidbits i've missed, I did find The Mist article. Ummmm but now i'm PISSED OFF because everybody at Comic Con got one hell of a Drew Struzan poster!!! :[ @)(@)%)$*$&(#(*@(*@&!!!!!!!! The rest of us losers on the east coast got Jack and Shit! :[...dammit

  • July 30, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Links To Comic Con footage

    by mr_alcatraz Sendspace Link Megaupload Link Rapidshare Link

  • July 30, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Dailymotion: Benefiting from YouTube's higher profile

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Anything that gets yanked from YouTube can usually be found there. Handy for me, since I'm so slow to pick up on these things. Don't you hate it when every bastard has seen something except you?<p>It looks good, doesn't it, just pillow talk? I love the lumbering prototype suit, then seeing the sleeker suit at the end was the cherry on top. I don't know what it is about this Iron Man, since I don't know a huge amount about the comic, but with every new piece of news I get a little bit more excited.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Bah - shitty boards formating....

    by mr_alcatraz

    Remove the spaces in the links for them to work.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    it looks fantastic

    by just pillow talk

    Both Iron Men suits are fantastic. And both look great in action. I have very high hopes for this one and I was thinking that maybe since this is a 'second tier' hero, the expectations, etc are lower. And everything that we see is just wowing the shit out of us, ya know? I mean, when this project was first announced with Jon Fav at the helm, who was expecting this? <p>And I believe I'm much slower than you since I didn't even know about this Dailymotion stuff.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Drank a hemp shake and it gave me the runs

    by BringingSexyBack

    Avoid hemp shakes. Downey is great as Iron Man.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Bloo

    thanks for the links and I hadn't heard about dailymotion either so thanks for that. You know I just really want to see this movie, like yesterday.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    What kind of cell phone is Downy using?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Why doesn't he get the iPhone?

  • July 30, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Do people really buy Prison Break action figures?

    by BringingSexyBack


  • July 30, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Tony Stark needs to avoid hemp shakes then..

    by just pillow talk

    Wouldn't want the runs in that suit. Though perhaps he thought of an emergency button for just the occasion.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by indyit

    Ok i've been reading about this footage for the last two days and now that i see for the mention of daily motion...i completely forgot to check there) Looks awesome, i mean a lot of things look awesome but this really looks the part and feels it too. Everything said by the crew is incredibly promising and always been a fan of Downey Jr so the casting is great. All i wonder is if he'll be able to pull off the asshole Stark enough, although i guess it depends on what the script made him out to be.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I think Stark would have installed a vacuum-extraction

    by BringingSexyBack

    device in the suit to take care of Iron Man's bowel removal. And he must have some spare Imodium tablets in the suit for long distance flying.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    RDJ - Great Actor, Great Guy and Great Choice

    by Read and Shut Up

    How much more down to earth can the cat come across? He deserves a huge hit, and I hope Iron Man does it.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Pandas

    OR YOU CAN READ IT BELOW. For some reason that reminds me of the Empire Strikes Back book and tape I had as a kid. "You will know when it's time to turn the page when you hear R2-D2 say beep boop weeeeep". I'm not quite sure why I mentioned that.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    ah Pandas-R-us...

    by just pillow talk

    the memories you bring back with that reference. I remember having all 3 of those, except I had them as records.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Cool, interview. :^)

    by raw_bean

    Man I can't wait to get home from work so I can watch the footage.<p>By the way, how cool is it to hear Downey Jr. describe himself as a geek and talk about having a nerd-gasm and sound like he actually means it? :^D

  • July 30, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Quint Who's the blonde in photo #2 ???

    by talkbackgeek

    She looks good from what I can tell.

  • July 30, 2007, 11 a.m. CST


    by Bubba Gillman

    An even bigger WTF: Do people buy Prison Break action figures if the action figures are cross-eyed?

  • July 30, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Downey's been on a role and from what I've seen..

    by rbatty024

    it looks like he isn't slowing down anytime soon. He really sells the cocky lady's man Tony Stark. There have been some wonderful casting in some of these recent superhero flicks. Despite some huuuuuuge reservations about The Incredible Hulk, I must admit that the cast sounds great. As for Iron Man, not only the cast sounds great but the director seems excited as well.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    His Stark still seems too flippant and sarcastic

    by Rupee88

    Maybe it will work on the larger film, but that's not the Stark from the comics and it wasn't really necessary to change that. Oh well, at least he is clearly passionate about the project and that counts for something.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Kragmose

    Next time ya meet him, tell him to tell his employers to put that clip they showed at Comic Con earlier out on the nets. In proper quality. Do advise them to steer clear from RealPlayer, it sucks. Tell them we're not mad at them for pulling back the YouTube one, that we are ready to forgive.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hearing the audio is key for the non-dirty joke

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    he really sells it in audio. Downey is and always has been a great actor... I mean, look at Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, that NEVER could have worked without him... but I gotta say, I found the interview a little hard to follow. Whatever, he's fuckin' Iron Man, and it's gonna be a great flick!

  • July 30, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Why does Downey Jr. ALWAYS play an addict

    by BobParr

    Don't get me wrong, I like Robert Downey Jr. like everyone else. But Hollywood has typecast him with these roles. Every movie he is in he has a drinking or drug problem. I know he's a recovering addict but I'm sure he has the range to play other kinds of characters with other kinds of problems. I'm also sure that there are a lot of sober actors that could portray addicts convincingly.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I Was Skeptic At First But...

    by eman_1293

    After viewing that IM clip I had a nerd-gasm! The prototype scene was amazing. The bullet ricochet was humorous. Glad to see Favreau can tell a story and make us laugh at the same time. I just hope they don't go overboard with the humor like FF. Summer 2008 is going to kick all kinds of ass!

  • July 30, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    been losing faith in Marvel movies...YET

    by kafka07

    I am looking forward to Iron Man. I think this team will actually not screw this up.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Uwe Boll will box all comers!

    by Ribbons

    Good interview, Quint; at the very least, Downey seems passionate about certain aspects of the material, and hopefully both that will come through in both the movie and his performance. I do wonder what he meant when he said "we thought about what you guys would think," but I guess that's something that will remain a mystery.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    IRON MAN To Pwn Summer 2008

    by LaserPants

    Although I'm sure THE DARK KNIGHT is gonna pwn too, methinks IRON MAN is going to really pwn the summer. Why? <br><br>1) Its "new" so people will gravitate towards it, <br><br>2) The whole change-of-heart theme -- from arrogant drunk military industrial complex guy to champion for peace (w/ kick ass battle armor tech, natch) reflects the current state of the country -- teh zeitgeist if you will -- in that the cast majority of the country, even staunch Republicans, are FINALLY realizing that dry-drunk oil billionares make terrible leaders, and that the Iraquagmire was a HUGE mistake which may very well sink the US forever. You know, the whole backlash/comeuppance on the theocratic neocons thang, and the inevitbale return to progressive sanity.<br><br>3) Droning metal guitar riff followed by "I AM IRON MAN!" And teh crowd goes wild! <br><br> 4) MAN IN SUIT! and CG -- so you get the flying scenes right, and the close-quarters scenes right too. No wonky looking Clone Troopers with floating heads!<br><br> You know, I just hope that Stark is somehow redeemed in the comics. I always thought IRON MAN was cool as shit, but it sucks that he's such a fascist now. Someone needs to save his soul, yo!

  • July 30, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Ten Tons of Horse...

    by nationalmaverick

    Shit Look at the rubber necks now all craining their heads as downey shows some of the flare he's been building over the past 2 years. You mother fuckers never stick with the talent, You just harp that your favourite fucking cartoon got ripped because of casting then change your story as soon as theres some well made footage at "the convention". When downey was announced this board was jam packed with wanna be hack assholes screaming about how downey has no talent, when the only true comic book readers saw his potential immediately, while you band waggon jumping sons of bitchs get ready to spring your little kangaroo like legs onto the next passing fad so you can say "I was a fan before it was cool" even though the first Iron Man you picked up was the torrent you downloaded off Fuck you all, downey, Your a hero

  • July 30, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Set that little rant of yours to bongos and it would almost make sense...

  • July 30, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Read and Shut Up - I know who you are

    by messi

    I figured it out but I will say nothing.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams Denis thinks it's like 'whooshhh'

    by messi

    Robert Downey Junior 2: Tokyo Drift

  • July 30, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Read and Shut Up

    by messi

    stop talking smack cunt. This year's little miss starscream and here's why.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by CreasyBear

    If your info is correct, and Hollywood knows what working with Norton is like (I've read similar things about him, especially on the Italian Job), I wonder why they bother going after him? I respect his work as an actor, but prima donna actors need to shut up and read their lines. If you follow the NFL, it's like the teams that gamble with T.O.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by messi

    I would buy Sucre. I Don't know why. But for some reason he makes me laugh. Hopefully they put out a sclaed version of fox river prison. Not with Belleck, I can't look at that guy after I saw his wang in Ken Park. And were you the one who said the Autobot's motif was awesome, because I think it is. And I think MrJjonz sucks monkey penis.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Why Rhythm and Hues for Hulk?????

    by messi

    Someone explain to me. There are only two effects houses in the world that can do photorealistic organic CGI. That is Weta and ILM. Weta can do it full on and ILM for the most part. So why go to motherfucking such a b grade effects house, their effects on Singerman were pretty horrendous at times, it's horrendous because of the fact it was nominated for an academy award. X-men 3 was a laming movie but the effects were much better.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    The movie will make bank even if it's unknown

    by messi

    Ghost Rider did. And it looks cool, so it will be number 1 it's weekend, but if it's a good movie, it will make lots of money. "ohh Iron Man that looks cool" bang. Lots of cash. "woah that was awesome" cock. Mega cash.

  • July 30, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Met him on the set of Restoration

    by DirkD13"

    (twas filmed near Somerset, UK), back when he was permanently off his tits. And he was a cunt, to put it bluntly, and he literally shagged every single female member of the cast and crew. Yet after reading this he's obviously alot more mellow and not so ego-driven. Seriously, the guy was an A1 prick and I'm glad for him he's changed.

  • July 30, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Grendy

    First off... for the luvva jeebus PLEASE use your apostrophes correctly. It's You're, not YOUR. Your implies ownership. You're implies (hell, says) "you are". Simple. I guess mavericks don't have much use for 'teh skoolin'? And, on another note. When I saw that Downey was up for this role I said, 'bang on'. This guy's been through a lot in his life, and seems to have turned a personal corner, as well as a professional one a few years ago as well. I mean, he's an Academy award-winning actor. He can fill 'the suit'. It's just nice to know he wants to, as well. I am a big fan of the mid to late 80's Iron Man, and would love to see Howard in the War Suit as well, though maybe save that for the inevitable sequel. Any news on who's scoring it? I'd rather not have the heavy-handedness of Transformers all over this. Maybe James Horner? He did the excellent ALIENS score. Or Zimmer? And for sure not the dude who did HP#5. I did not like that at all.

  • July 30, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah Suck Jr.s dick all you want..

    by ripper t. jones

    he still has no room to bag on Brando.

  • July 30, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Thanks Grendy, I was stone

    by nationalmaverick

    Thanks Grendy, I was stone drunk when I wrote that and correcting grammar on a website who's very title is a colloquialised contraction isn't something I tend to do after a bottle of jack with the lads. But I still hate all those people who claimed he'd suck, "how could a run about Hollywood star obsessed with women and drinking ever play Tony Stark, thats so far fetched" then a year later they are all in love with him and claiming they were here from the beginning, as always. Can anyone spell Daniel Craig without accidentally slipping into a pile of their own hipocracy?

  • July 30, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    DirkD13" - I'm sure RDJ was an asshole on that set

    by BringingSexyBack

    but nearly all celebs are. As for shagging every female member of the cast and crew ... wouldn't you? I would.

  • July 30, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Why Does Admiration Of Someone's Work = Fellatio?

    by LaserPants

    I'm having a hard time with this. There seems to be a trend here that if you like a particular person's work, whether it be in terms of writing, directing, acting, or whatever, that it means you are giving (or want to give) said person an extended blow-job. Seems like a far leap. So, I guess the only way to be ungay is to hate everything all the time even if you like it? What a sad world some of you live in. <br><br>Seriously, though, it really is okay to like an actor, writer, director's work -- hell, you could even be a raving obsessive lunatic about them for their work -- it still doesn't mean you want to blow them. Of course, if you do, thats just fine and dandy too, but I reckon most people here are speaking mostly about their fave artists work, not their genitalia.

  • July 30, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Grendy

    I am speaking about YOUR genitalia. Yes, you. Laserpants...monsieur de la lume a pantaloons. no, really. I dislike it when you say that you think someone's good at a job and that equals BJ's for everyone! I interviewed some of the boys from BSG last year for this site, and I had people in TB say that the only reason we did the interview in the bar was so I could get them drunk and jump them. Le Sigh.

  • July 30, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    yet again, mental confusion leads to awkward posts.<p>what examples of norton's writing are you aware of? I know he did an uncredited polish on Frida (it's about leftist artists, I'm sure you loved it), redid american history x (I dare someone to say that movie was poorly done)...I know he's working on motherless brooklyn, but it's not out yet.<p>so what do you base this "norton can't write for shit" idea on?<p>or, like always, do you simply hate him because he's a liberal, and champions causes like low income housing and solar energy in CA?<p>bashing Norton, I mean come tell me how Don Cheadle sucked in Hotel Rwanda, and scientology is a worthwhile religion...

  • July 30, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I wasn't too crazy about American History X

    by BringingSexyBack

    I thought his character's hatred of Blacks and *relatively* milder hatred of Jews was unrealistic. Real NeoNazis hate Jews more than Blacks.

  • July 30, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Hotel Rwanda didn't suck

    by BringingSexyBack

    but it wasn't as good as Killing Fields or Blood Diamond. Scientology is as worthwhile a religion as any other, which isn't saying much ... all organized religions are brainwashing scams.

  • July 30, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Never trust a religion...

    by palimpsest

    ...invented by a bad sci-fi author. If nothing else, it shows bad taste on the part of the deity/ies involved.

  • July 30, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Downey will do for first film . . .

    by WX1

    <p>. . . which is going to. Be. Huge. Good actor, that Downey. He'll pull it off.</P> <p>Methinks he won't be interested in the inevitable sequel as he'll be WAY marketable again after this biggie.</P> <p>We'll like the next guy for Stark/Iron M.</P>

  • July 30, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by M0riarty

    Am I the only one the sees through RDJ's attempt to pander to the "geeks"? <BR> "Well that's why I'm such a geek, and um, nerd-gasm, and um, I love mythology and technology, and GACK!" <BR> You guys buy that? How about the part where he basically implies that he was a good candidate for the film because he doesn't mind bad movies? I dunno, just his tone and everything seem to suggest that he thinks this material is beneath him. Check out his other interviews. They all seem that way. <br> I also agree with the poster that said this Stark is too flippant and sarcastic. It's just too jokey for me; it doesn't feel like he's taking itself seriously at all. That said, His more humble, "transformed" self will be the bulk of the movie and I think RDJ is an absolutely inspired choice for this character. <BR> The clip gave me chills. That is Iron Man.

  • July 30, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Great interview as usual Quint.

    by mrfan

    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to Iron Man. May is way too long to wait.

  • July 30, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    The CHUD "scoop" of Howard donning a suit

    by SpencerTrilby

    is nothing but wrong. The second armor in the trailer is the fucking bad guy played by The Dude.

  • July 30, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    As for the "too flippant and sarcastic" Tony

    by SpencerTrilby

    he DID look like Nic Cage in Lord of War (not a bad influence) and sound like a corporate Jack Sparrow (BAD influence) so I'm mixed. I really hope Favreau and RDJ didn't tried to be cute with the character, as in "we funnymen are so smarter than the material". I know it sounds weird, but good-looking Marvel movies fooled us so many times before with their gospel... I know many people that watched it live on the Con and were far from impressed (visuals aside). Now that I saw it I'm partially relieved, but there are definitely some bothersome issues about the tone of the flick. Considering that before IM Favreau was planning a "comedic" Captain America flick... <p> As for the Hulk bad news about Norton's rewrites, I truly hope they're exagerated. The first one was lacking, but it was better than X3 at least... Now with the crappy Unleashed and Transporter flicks onboard I fear the worse, too bad for Zak Penn he's a decent director but his comic scripts will go down in history as AkivaGoldsman-worthy. Hey, maybe someday he'll get an oscar, who knows?

  • July 30, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by M0riarty

    Fooled before indeed. I also heard from more than a few people that the reaction walking away from the panel at the Con was mixed at best with regard to Iron Man. A mixture of hesitation (are they taking this seriously?) and euphoria (Iron Man in action looks amazing!). I felt the same way watching here on my comp. I literally got chills seeing Iron Man in motion, but subconsciously the character portions felt a little...plastic. I'm not going to go overboard and pass judgement based solely on this clip though. <BR> <BR> As for The Hulk...Look at the amount and type of press it's getting compared to Iron Man and and TDK. The production is a complete mess and Marvel knows it. They're distancing themselves from from what could potentially be a fiasco and putting their eggs into the Iron Man basket. That's not to say Hulk won't be good, but typically where there's smoke there's fire...

  • July 30, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Audio? Why not just shoot video and post that?

    by Bronx Cheer

    That would be, uh, sort of modern, using video that is. This sudden infatuation with MP3 is hilarious, and ten years too late.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Jesus, talkbackgeek, that's a little creepy asking

    by Bronx Cheer

    about that woman who is far off in the background in the 2nd pic. Why does she look good to you, because she's standing? Stand down man.

  • July 30, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by SpencerTrilby

    yeah I see where you come from. IM footage is a true eye candy, but I'd have prefered to watch more calm, character-driven bits of everyone (especially Bridges) instead of one big RDJ-based demo reel, probably misleading nonetheless. I don't know why they tried to "sell" him to a preemptively sold fanbase. I was already sold to Downey as Tony, and now this big teaser just put me three steps backwards in my appreciation. Too much too soon. <p> As for Hulk, I truly dig the character so I'm gonna give even the crappier-looking movie a big chance. I hate the director and I'm amazed at how late they are in their schedule. Iron Man wrapped while they still didn't shot a single frame with Norton. It sounds bad and I'd hate a prima-donna actor (who obviously despises the genre movies) ruin the efforts of hard-working people who have everything to prove: both Penn and Leterrier have to redeem for their lame past movies, and since the first Hulk is hated by most it was a good (missed?) opportunity. I hate when it happens.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Congrats Quint! No Name Dropping

    by ZupDog

    I think this is the first interview I've read on this site that doesn't have incessant name dropping.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 2008 footage

    by beyergrafx

    Guess everyones seen this comicon footage of the movie already?? It looks amazing!!!

  • July 30, 2007, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Iron Man Tiny URL

    by beyergrafx

    Oops sorry! Heres the short URL

  • July 30, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Quint works in another superfluous Lucas bash, again.

    by TallBoy66

    Geez, haven't those New Line checks dried up yet?

  • July 30, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    awesome footage!

    by couP

  • July 30, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Could finally beat The Rocketeer---

    by Teddy Artery

    ---One of my favorite movies. Now I'm looking forward to it after glomming on that footage.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by Jonny_Dr_Thunder

    FANTASTIC interview, Quint, this is exactly the kind of thing that sets this site apart. Full of personality and the accompanying photos are awesome!!!! This guy has got to be one of my favorite actors working today, what a freakin' genius.

  • July 30, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    The only problem with Unleashed was Jet Li

    by blindambition238

    He's great for the action scenes obviously, but the whole time I was thinking that his character was supposed to have been played by like a 18 or 20 year old rather than a 40. Im looking forward to seeing what the Hulk film will look like out of curosity, specifically if its going to be kinetic over the top like Transporter, or more thoughtful and restrained like Unleashed. Hopefully the latter, though I really hope the script is like neither.

  • July 31, 2007, 12:16 a.m. CST

    that comic-con footage was pretty sick

    by kafka07

    just watched it at liked how they played a bit of that Sabbath music during the battle.

  • July 31, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST

    #1 Reason Matthew Fox is The Hulk:

    by ScamsAndFlams


  • July 31, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Grendy what?

    by messi

    the transformers score was excellent, barring the two michael bay type zimmer bits involving the helicopters. but you seriously telling me the autobots theme was brilliant?

  • July 31, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST


    by messi

    hey cockbreath, you think ghostface killah should be on a contract without mentioning Black Sabbath, or are you saying this with the knowledge Black Sabbath is pretty much in this already? Ghostface Killah likes Iron man but apart from his alter ego and one lyrics, I don't see much connection, compared to say Iron Man by motherfucking Sabbath.

  • July 31, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Hulk is a weird one

    by messi

    It has an exceptional cast, though Liv Tyler is downgrading but everyone else has gone up prestige wise. But then the director and writers. Yeah the director is not pedestrian which is way worse than anything, but he's not stellar either, maybe this will be his chance. And Norton's ego driving writing is a problem but then maybe it's that one little quirk he has where he truly loves Marvel comics and goes "i want to make this" and nails it. Biggest problem for me is Rhythm and Hues as the effects house, the only CG they can do is superimposition, they are terrible at organic CGI, Weta or ILM would have been the best bet. Rhythm and Hues aren't even up to Fellowship standards yet and they have a bit to go. It's going to be two big blobs of CGI fighting each other, rather than The Hulk fighting The Abomination.

  • July 31, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Bringing Sexy Back

    by DirkD13"

    He was a proper bastard to Hugh Grant a couple of times, so I suppose he wasn't that bad. As for shagging all the birds on set, well you'd need alot of drugs to get the job done right!

  • July 31, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    This can't be the internet!

    by donatien

    Not enough people are complaining about the casting in Iron Man! I never thought I'd live to see the day where the majority of the geeks in a forum are happy about something.

  • July 31, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Norton and American History X

    by Lost Prophet

    See, this is a difficult one. I have to start this with stating that I like the version we have. <p>As I remember, Norton was given the right to re-cut a lot of it, and managed to boost the Approval rating a little bit. However, Tony Kaye (I hope that's right) fucking HATED his cut and (as the man has a gigantic ego- he published advertisements stating that he was the most important British Director since Hitchcock, before having filmed anything at all-for fuck's sake) wanted to re-do it himself. His version, at least in his own mind, would have been different, darker and arguably superior to the one that was released. However, he fucked about so much that the studio (who had given him a truly staggering amount of leeway) lost patience and just released the Norton version. <p>Kaye then retaliated with the stupid variety ads. <p> There was a lengthy interview with him recently in the Sunday telegraph, and Kaye admitted to actually going crazy during the editing process for that film. <p>So which version is/ would have been better? My money is on Kaye's- but we will never know, and Norton's is still a fucking good film. Really, the whole story is a complete mess.

  • July 31, 2007, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Good lord!

    by BDT

    This guy is handsome, funny, smart,a movie geek and not george clooney. Hollywood needs more of guys like this.

  • July 31, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    One film Norton definately didn'r ruin...

    by Cameron1

    Down In The Valley. That's an incredibly underrated picture. It's really weird how that and The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and dealing with some of the similar themes were totally forgotten by critics and audiences, both are fantatic films easily in the best of their respective years. But anyway Downey is a cool choice for Stark tho I can see why some won't like him. I'm so pleased they've gone heavily witht he practical effects, thank the lord. CG should be used to augment physical fx not in place of them.

  • July 31, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    exactly JimCurry

    by just pillow talk

    all or nothing! Feast or Famine!

  • July 31, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Best Supporting Actor for Zodiac?

    by DavidCamp

    Gotta be nominated at least.

  • July 31, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Have to laugh at the negative Nancies on here...

    by MattNC

    ...such as MOriarty. Most writeups have clearly stated the the Iron Man footage and panel was the highlight of Comic Con. The reaction wasn't "mixed", from any of the dozen+ sources I've read. This film will be as good as any Superhero movie ever made (that's not saying all that much, though). The actors represent the best cast in any of these films so far, the FX will be top-notch (due to advancing technology and the ample budget, and ILM's involvement as the principal FX house), and the main character will offer a good bit of opportunity for development, excitement, and humor. This film is well on its way to huge buzz and earning a tidy profit even before DVD release is factored in. I was right in saying LoTR would earn $500 million+ profit for New Line (not including Peter Jackson's $200 million+ take), and in saying that the Passion would put $200 million+ in Gibson's pocket. I'm saying that Iron Man will earn at least $100 million in profit for Marvel, and that at least 2 sequels will be made.

  • July 31, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Where is the Michelangelo Antonioni talkback?

    by RokurGepta


  • July 31, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    your "friends in high places" aside...I'm at a loss as to how you can get so angry whenever someone calls on your overblown, over-simplified take on everything. <p>keeping the faith was a fun little movie, but norton didn't write that, he directed it. and you didn't mention at all the 2 works I mentioned (frida and american history x) where I think it's apparent that his input, at the very least, didn't hurt the films. and probably made them better.<p>edward norton is a great actor. this is a man that got an academy award nomination in his first film role. <p>in contrast, you are an angry talkbacker that believes the conservative party was responsible for the civil rights movement.<p>instead of lashing out with insults at me, maybe give me some concrete examples of norton being "notorious in hollywood" for fucking up projects...with all of your high level inside info and friends that you love to talk about, I'm sure you could give us a little insight.<p>and although being a PA on a reality show is a little below me, I'm really not insulted when you pull the "you're a nothing on hollywood!!!" card. it's petty, and what's worse, ineffective...I'm very happy with how things are going for me. I get to have dinner with one of my favorite directors later this month, since I have a short film showing at an awards dinner where he's receiving an honorarium. and that's fine by me. I don't hear gossip from A-lister assistants about who hates whom, and why, as you seem to get. but then again, that's not really as important to me...<p>do me a favor, though. in your reply, put all of the petty and mostly non-sensical insults towards me at the beginning of the post, then do a paragraph break, and then post the actual response. it's hard to weed through your posts when they're all mixed together. thanks!

  • July 31, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I saw the Iron man footage

    by Phategod2

    just wanted to say I saw it it was awesome, and this movie will be the surprise hit of 2008.

  • July 31, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST

    peace you to

    by Phategod2

    how about a Sabbath, GFK callabo.

  • July 31, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Can someone tell me what coming in 2008

    by Phategod2

    Ever since Blade came out we've had a marvel movie or 2. whats on the slate for 2008 does anyone know?

  • July 31, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I meant 2009

    by Phategod2

    sorry I'm getting old.

  • July 31, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    No Animatronic and CGI Hulk?!

    by thevision

    I thought I read or maybe just imagined it that Hulk and Abomination were going to be a combo of Animatronics and CGI. I'm getting demoralized now if its all going to be CGI.

  • July 31, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    So you want a Animatronic Hulk

    by Phategod2

    I'm not saying the Hulk was the perfect movie but I dont think the Hulks design was a problem you make him 100% animatronic and I promise you lose the Hulks agility, speed, and most of his movements.

  • July 31, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Downey needs a blood test

    by Johnny California

    This is the second interview with Downey I've read where he makes no sense. He's using English words, but the connections just aren't there.

  • July 31, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    The Hulk looks like the old Hulk

    by Phategod2

    without a haircut.

  • July 31, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST

    How much ass

    by MrQuick

    Is Robert Downey jr kicking ass lately? The correct answer is. Hopefully not too much ass to where he would turn down a script for a sequel to kiss kiss bang bang.

  • July 31, 2007, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by M0riarty

    I'll quote myself here: <BR> <BR> "I also heard from more than a few people that the reaction walking away from the panel at the Con was mixed at best with regard to Iron Man." <BR> <BR> That means that I, personally, heard from 4-5 people (actual people that I know) that felt there was a mixed reaction at the show. Their opinions do not go away because of the "dozens" of "sources" you've "read". It's just an opinion of their's. I share their opinion that the Tony Starks moments appeared to be playing awfully fast and loose, but as I said I'm basing that on a small clip. That's *my* opinion Matt, not yours. <BR> <BR> "I literally got chills seeing Iron Man in motion." <BR> <BR> See, Matt, getting "chills" in this context is a positive thing. <BR> <BR> "The clip gave me chills. That is Iron Man." <BR> <BR> Again, Matt, chills = positive. "That is Iron Man" = positive. <BR> <BR> The movie is going to be huge. I will be first in line, and will likely see is 3 or 4 times. I'm dying to see it. I apologize if I didn't conform exactly to your opinions, or the "dozens of sources" you've read. <BR> <BR> And I apologize if literally getting chills from watching the footage wasn't positive enough for you. Really.

  • Aug. 1, 2007, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Nice one, Cameron1

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I completely agree about Down In The Valley. A good little indie with one of Norton's best performances. More people should see that one.

  • Aug. 1, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Iron Man vs. IronMonger Pics

    by M0riarty<BR><BR>

  • Aug. 3, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Good Vibes Aside

    by Barron34

    Good vibes do not neccessarily make a good moive. I like all the players involved, and am an old Marvel fan, but I will remain skeptical about any hype on this movie until the actual film is complete and gets shown. I am hopeful, but suggest some caution. Remember how jazzed many people were that Bryan Singer was brought in to film the new SUPERMAN movie. People being jazzed and hyped up can still make mistakes. Singer bought into his own hype (over X-Men and X-2), and he scotched the SUPERMAN film. Favreau seems to have a level head, though. Still, I worry. Filmmakers are not infallible. Regardless, I hope the film is a success, for the filmmakers and the fans.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    *Chuckle* yeah *Chuckle* yeah *Chuckle* yeah

    by J-Dizzle

    Dude, Quint, you need to geek out a little less. Cool interview though.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Footage of Iron Man

    by commander jesus

    Here's Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man from Comic-Con: