Theroux Talks Iron Man 2
The screenwriter for “Tropic Thunder” will pen the sequel for Iron Man 2.
IGN recently had the chance to chat with actor-turned-screenwriter Justin Theroux for the DVD release of Tropic Thunder, during which time we got to ask him about writing the script for Iron Man 2.
One might think that a huge Hollywood production such as Iron Man 2 might not allow Theroux to be as loose and open to changes in the writing process as working on a comedy might allow, but the scribe disputes that notion. “Iron Man is just a unique character in the comic book world. He can get away with being incorrigible, slightly awful, funny, sexist at times. He has a very high threshold for things that he can do and get away with,” Theroux explained.
He continued, “So in a weird way it’s a lot of fun writing for him and it’s not like writing a more stoic superhero part. Obviously, you have the story elements and the action elements and all those gears of that you want to make sure are well oiled. But within that you can have a lot of play.”
Theroux — who starred in films such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Mulholland Dr., and Miami Vice before making the leap to screenwriting with last summer’s Tropic Thunder — was a fan of the character before landing the job of scripting the Marvel sequel. In particular, he was “a big fan of the [Matt] Fraction series, but it was only when Robert [Downey Jr.] got into the skin of that guy that it made total sense. Because Robert is so good at just sliding things between the cracks and finding moments. It’s just such a great anti-hero.”
The scribe says don’t expect Iron Man 2 to be a more fantastical or comic book-y film than its predecessor in order to prepare viewers for seeing Tony Stark alongside characters such as Thor and the Hulk in Marvel’s live-action version of The Avengers.
Iron Man 2, Theroux insists, “can’t really go crazy. It has to live within the same world Tony lives in, which is the world of technology. So it can’t get too far afield. It’s not really our job to suit all the other characters. Our first concern – Jon [Favreau]‘s first concern – is that we raise the level on Iron Man 2 and make sure the audience gets exactly and more of what they wanted before in a really satisfying story that’s really fun and playful. As good a movie as possible. And after that we’ll think about ways that we can plug in other elements that might exist in other films or other worlds.”
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