Director Jon Favreau on Going "High Caliber" with War Machine in Iron Man 2
04.22.10 by BJSprecher
With the exception of the end-of-credits scene in Iron Man in which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) approaches Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) about the Avengers Initiative, the only scene in the movie that hinted at what fans might have in store for them in Iron Man 2 was the one in which James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Terrence Howard) glances at Stark's old suit of armor and says, "Next time, baby." Now, we know that Rhodey (Don Cheadle replacing Howard) plays a central role in the sequel as War Machine, an armored hero with an over-the-top arsenal of weapons, adding a dual meaning to the title of the movie. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, director Jon Favreau said that the addition of War Machine was an obvious way to double the excitement of the original movie.
The conversation was 'How do you expand what's there, how do you make the sequel bigger and better?' and one is way is, in essence, doubling up on Iron Man. War Machine lets you do that.
War Machine's armor is characterized by shoulder-mounted Gatling guns and a less-flashy finish than that of the sleeker Iron Man armor, which reflects the differences between Rhodes' military background and Stark's playboy billionaire background. Favreau said that "the fun" of War Machine was seeing "just how many guns" they could fit onto the armor.
With the movie, we make this effort to make everything emotionally correct but you also really want to cut loose and have fun in the places where it seems consistent to the story we're telling. And with the design and fighting style of War Machine we really went to town. He's packed with firepower and we let the [effects team] at ILM off the leash with the intensity of the destruction. The result is ... high caliber.