THE MAN BEHIND 'IRON MAN'
Originally, the comic debuted in the 1960s and Iron Man's origin involved Tony Stark being a prisoner of the Viet Cong Army. The movie version, written by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, will be set in today's geopolitical climate.
The filmmakers looked for the best actor to embody the character. Marvel characters are not just about how high they jump or how fast they fly, they're about their character flaws. They're about their inner demons. They're about the struggles that they go through between being a man and being a hero.
It is said that Robert Downey jr. worked hard to get the role, getting in shape and even growing a goatee like the one Tony Stark sports in the comic books.
The point is, we looked at everybody and we found the best person for the role. It's as confident a casting move as they've ever done. The proof will be in the pudding but he is STARK a.k.a IRON MAN. The $100 million-plus movie will be produced by Kevin Feige and Avi Arad. Executive producers are Michael Helfant, Ari Arad, Louis D'Esposito, Peter Billingsley and John Favreau.
Marvel is now casting all supporting roles. Filming is slated to begin in February in Los Angeles.
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