Robert Downey Jr. Talks PINOCCHIO and Says IRON MAN 3 Could Be “The Best of the Three”

     January 10, 2012

Given Robert Downey Jr.‘s status as one of our biggest movie stars, I was surprised to see he only has two film officially slated over the next couple years, The Avengers and Iron Man 3.  I don’t know how long that will stick, though, since he’s been connected to a dozen or so projects.  A flashy possibility surfaced last week: a new version of Pinocchio directed by Tim Burton, starring Downey as Gepetto.  At the Brazilian premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Downey confirmed his interest in the project to our partners at Omelete:

“I want to talk to him about it, yeah!  C’mon, it’s Tim Burton.”

In the interview, Downey also talked about his excitement about re-teaming with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black on Iron Man 3, suggesting it has the potential to be “one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made.”  Hit the jump for the quote and the clip.

Here’s that Iron Man quote:

“I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made.  But I think we have to remember what made the first one good.  It was very character-driven.  It was very odd.  It was kind of outrageous.  And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart.”

With The Avengers in the can and the impending Iron Man 3 shoot, Downey is in a very Tony Stark state of mind right now, so it’s good to hear his enthusiasm about the character.  I hope he finds time for another, non-superhero role soon though.  Maybe something smaller.  Maybe something that doesn’t involve Tim Burton.

Iron Man 3 is scheduled for release on May 3, 2013.


  • Mikey

    I have high hopes for the third one.

    I thought the second one was good, but it seems like Marvel tried way too hard to make it an extended commercial for the Avengers. If they had cut out the SHIELD stuff, and expanded Mickey Rourke’s role and the final battle… it could have been amazing.

    Shane Black brings me hope.

  • Jake

    I’m sure that a third Sherlock Holmes movie has been given the green light as well.

  • Agent_Black

    “Actor says positive things about projects he’s starring in”

    Not exactly news but about as insightful as it gets, it’s funny how actors, directors, politicians and sportsmen/managers are given so much media coverage across the web, TV and newspapers for saying absolutely nothing at all when it comes down to it.

    Of course he thinks these films will be good, he’s selling them.

    • jamesy

      Well he’s not gonna say that the movies he’s starring in suck is he? And he believes in his projects, you d**k.

      • Jon

        He isn’t being a dick. Just pointing out how still and useless the headline is. OF COURSE he is going to say Iron Man 3 COULD be the best one. This is just hit whoring.

      • BenHoot

        Shia Lebeouf did

  • Da BoSS

    Shane Black was the screenwriter to some of my favorite action movies,so I’m hopeful this will top the first two Iron Man movies.

  • Sugreev2001

    Shane Black is perfect at the helm.

  • Blake

    So does that mean PTAs Inherent Vice is dead. I would rather him do that.

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  • Ark

    *groan* Tim Burton does some great work but he needs to step back from doing films like Alice in Wonderland, Charlie Wonka or Pinocchio. When he does these types of films, they all. look. and. feel. the. same. I feel like I am seeing Edward Scissorhands over and over (and I loved that film).

    Frankenweenie is already starting to look aesthetically very much like Corpse Bride.

    And please, no Johnny Depp or Helen Bonham Carter who tend to play the same character over and over and over in his films.

    Even with my rant, I will STILL probably go see Pinocchio but I do hope Burton really steps out of his comfort zone both aesthetically in terms of how he stylizes the film as well as how he directs it. And I’m not so sure about Downey, he also tends to play the same character over and over.

  • sil3nt

    Wait?! Make a smart film? ok.. im giddy now :)


  • aaronsullivan

    If you watch the video he says Sherlock 2 is the opposite of movies that start great and then end stupid. That is very accurate in my opinion. I was trying very hard to be interested for the first 1/2 of the movie, but I had to admit that the end was entertaining. The edge and cleverness of the original was all but gone for me, however. Someone said it best by saying that this felt like the 3rd or 4th movie in a series. The vitality has already left it.

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  • Milo

    Sherlock 2 not a stupid movie – who are you fooling dude. The story and script was developed by a marketing strategy rather than an inspired creative idea. Lame Hollywood blockbuster fare.

  • Tom

    And of course it ends with hordes of women screaming upon his arrival. Perfect. The second Sherlock was superior, in my opinion, but who cares, someone’s gonna say I’m wrong. People only read the comments section so they can find something to disagree with. Sherlock 2 was just more effortlessly fun, more entertaining, which is what a movie of it’s kind should be.

  • Asia

    I hope so , but second part was so bad, nothing in that film was working for me.

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