The arrival of War Machine on the "Iron Man 2" poster has set the comic book community ablaze with fanboy joy, but don't forget about the first armor-wearing rival that shared screen time with Tony Stark — Obidiah Stane, the Iron Monger, played by Jeff Bridges in the first "Iron Man."
Bridges won't be returning for the "Iron Man" sequel — after all, his character is suffering from a bad case of, well, death — but the actor did speak about his time on the Marvel movie during a recent interview with In Contention.
But from the sound of his comments, maybe Bridges wouldn't even want to come back. The actor revealed certain anxieties involved in filming "Iron Man," the major one being... the lack of a script?
"They had no script, man," Bridges revealed. "They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn't know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, 'You got any ideas?' Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on."
According to Bridges, Marvel Studios had "a release date before the script" and — in his own words — didn't "have their s--- together" on the first "Iron Man" movie. But as we all know, most moviegoers adored the film and spent plenty of hard-earned cash on ticket sales, so something had to have gone right. In Bridges' mind, his own success came from improvisation.
"It happens in movies a lot where something's rubbing against your fur and it's not feeling right, but it's just the way it is," he said. "You can spend a lot of energy bitching about that or you can figure out how you're going to do it, how you're going to play this hand you've been dealt. What you can control is how you perceive things and your thinking about it."
"So I said, 'Oh, what we're doing here, we're making a $200 million student film. We're all just f---in' around! We're playin'. Oh, great!' That took all the pressure off. 'Oh, just jam, man, just play.' And it turned out great!"
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