Rebecca Hall explained what happened to Postmedia (Via Toronto Sun), while at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
(Spoilers for “Iron Man 3” below. I know “Iron Man 3” is a 3 year old movie but still.)
Back in May, “Iron Man 3” director, Shane Black, told Uproxx that the film was originally going to feature much more of a female villain instead of Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) being behind everything. The female villain changed when the since Ike Perlmutter assumed that female villain toys wouldn’t sell as well.
All I’ll say is this, on the record: There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.
Just this week at TIFF, Hall opened up about the whole situation.
That’s 100% true. I signed on to do something that was a substantial role. She wasn’t entirely the villain – there have been several phases of this – but I signed on to do something very different to what I ended up doing.
Halfway through shooting they were basically like, ‘What would you think if you just got shot out of nowhere?’ I was meant to be in the movie until the end… I grappled with them for awhile and then I said, ‘Well, you have to give me a decent death scene and you have to give me one more scene with Iron Man,’ which Robert Downey Jr. supported me on.
Look, (Marvel) is paying for their mistakes right now, and I applaud them for casting Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. Hallelujah. It’s about time women started being the heroes of things. They can also be the anti-heroes of the things and that’s what I feel I’m getting to do with Christine.
Her comments explain a lot. As strong of an actor as Pearce is, the material just wasn’t there to be the right villain to continue after the Mandarin twist. This is just one of the many examples of why studio input, especially when it comes to selling a fucking toy, can have catastrophic results. This just did nothing but weaken both Hall and Pearce’s characters. Thank god Hall got them to give her a better death scene. Even though her current death scene in the movie is disappointing, it’s probably still tons better than what they were going to do before.
What do you guys think about this? Would you have preferred Hall to have a much bigger presence in the movie, or are you happy as it is? Let us know in the comments below.
“Iron Man 3″hit theaters May 3, 2013.