Iron Man returns to theaters on Friday in Iron Man 3! At the
press junket for the movie, held in Los Angeles on April 22, the cast and crew
talked about how the movie came together and the challenges of keeping a
superhero's adventures fresh and exciting. You can read my report from the
junket on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website!
After the junket, I had the opportunity to sit down with Don Cheadle. He plays Colonel James Rhodes, the man inside the suit of the Iron Patriot. Check out my interview with the all-talented actor!
Kid Reporter Damien Murphy: What sets Iron Man 3 apart from the other two movies?
Don Cheadle: It's bigger and badder. Tony gets to come to terms with who he is and his relationship with (Rhoadey) grows stronger.
Kid Reporter: How is the Iron Patriot different from the War Machine in the last movie?
Don Cheadle: It's just a paint job. Really! The President (in the movie) wanted to re-brand him and just changed the look and re-named it.
Kid Reporter: Did you actually get to wear the Iron Patriot suit or was it just CGI?
Don Cheadle: I actually had to wear it. It wasn't very comfortable. It was really heavy, but some of it was CGI and motion captured mixed in.
Kid Reporter: What's it like to play Tony Stark's best friend?
Don Cheadle: We had fun! I think it shows in the movie because we just had a lot fun interacting on and off screen as well.
Kid Reporter: Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?
Don Cheadle: I like doing the stunt work especially in the third act. The cable stuff and running around.
Kid Reporter: Did you do your own stunts?
Don Cheadle: Yeah, I did all the physical work -- on harnesses, cables and leaping off two stories buildings...
Kid Reporter: I know you've done a bunch of different kinds of movies, mostly serious ones. What's it like to be in a bi-budget comic movie?
Don Cheadle: I've done a lot of different things, and being in this big-budget action movie is just another piece of the puzzle.
Kid Reporter: Are there other similarities between the other smaller budget movies you've made?
Don Cheadle: No, I wouldn't say that. This one is a huge undertaking. Very technical. But at the end of the day, we are just creating real moments and truthful beats.
Kid Reporter: Why do you think these movies continue to be so liked by so many?
Don Cheadle: They're just a lot of fun. They don't take themselves so seriously. They can just go into the theater and cheer and be entertained.
—Kid Reporter Damien MurphyPhoto: Iron Patriot/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle) (Photo: Film Frame © 2012 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2012 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.)