Jeff Bridges Recalls The Script Issues Marvel Caused On ‘Iron Man’

It's shocking it turned out so well.

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Jeff Bridges has opened up about the script issues Marvel caused that plagued the production of the first Iron Man film.

Way back in 2008, the first Iron Man was released in theaters. This was before everything. Marvel was still an independent company run by controversial CEO Isaac Perlmutter and an actual Cinematic Universe was still a pipe dream. Ultimately the film was a huge success, earning over $585M worldwide, setting the Marvel Cinematic Universe into motion. But, according to star Jeff Bridges making the movie wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.

How He Got Through The Film

In Iron Man, Jeff Bridges portrayed the film’s main antagonist Obadiah Stane. In a recent interview with Variety, Bridges broke down his more iconic characters and this particular one was mentioned. During this section of the interview, he broke down the various script issues that plagued the film and eventually just thought of it as the most expensive student film ever:

“It was Marvel’s first adventure into making movies. It was so lucky to have Jon on there and [Robert] Downey, because both of them are terrific improvisers, and we spent a couple of weeks working on the script and rehearsing together, because we didn’t like the original script and we thought, ‘Oh yeah, we fixed this, fixed that.’

Then came the first day of shooting, and Marvel kind of threw out our script that we had been working on, said, ‘No, that’s no good. It’s got to be this and that. And so there was a lot of confusion about what our script was, what we were gonna say. We’d spend hours in one of our trailers going over lines and exploring how we were going to do it.

It drove me absolutely crazy until I made a slight adjustment in my brain that was, ‘Jeff, just relax. You’re making a $200 million student film. Just relax and have fun,’ And that kind of did the trick because here I get to play with these two incredible artists and just jam, and that’s what we ended up doing.”

You can see the full interview with Jeff Bridges below:

This isn’t the first time Jeff Bridges has told this Iron Man story. In 2018 he told a similar story during an interview with GQ. Since then, the leadership of Marvel Studios has been radically altered. Control over the studio was taken away from Isaac Perlmutter and many of the older overhead people are long gone. Kevin Feige is still the president of the studio and while it does still have its issues it seems to have long since evolved from the problems it faced back in the mid-2000s.

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Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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