Don Cheadle Discusses New Patriotic Armor in Iron Man 3
07.25.12 by Ryan
Back in late May, just as Marvel's Iron Man 3 was starting production, set photos leaked that revealed someone wearing the Iron Patriot armor from the Marvel comic books. Confusion ensued, as the rights to the Iron Patriot armor seemed to be in question, as the character of Norman Osborn, who wore the armor in the Marvel comic books, is under the umbrella of Sony Pictures, and isn't likely to appear in a Marvel Studios movie. Weeks later, it was reported that the armor was, in fact, a newer version of the armor worn by James "Rhodey" Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle). While at the San Diego Comic-Con, Cheadle confirmed that he would be wearing the armor, explaining that it was the "military version" of Iron Man, and that it would provide plenty of "tension" between Rhodey and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
We've got a private sector and a public sector, or rather a military version of Iron Man. And I think there is a desire from the powers that be to make sure that those things are distinguished and distinguishable so that we know where everybody stands. I think that's kind of the tension that is created for Tony and for Rhodey. It's like who's really got the stick, and who really gets to decide what happens in certain situations? And that's what will be a lot of fun to explore in this film too.
Iron Man 3 was adapted by director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) with screenwriter Drew Pearce and is loosely based on comic book writer Warren Ellis' Extremis storyline from the Iron Man comic books. Cheadle, Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) will return while newcomers Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce are set to co-star as Dr. Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian, respectively. Ashley Hamilton will play government cyborg Firepower, while James Badge Dale will play Eric Savin, aka the cyborg Coldblood.