Tim Robbins Says 'Iron Man 2’ Role Is 'An Internet Rumor'

Tim RobbinsLate last year, we brought you news that "The Shawshank Redemption" actor Tim Robbins was rumored to be up for a role in "Iron Man 2" -- possibly playing Howard Stark, the father to Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.

The rumor, which was originated with the often reliable movie news site Latino Review, said that the character would appear in an "important flashback sequence that is going to set up the Avengers and Captain America films." However, a new interview with Robbins posted on ReelTalk seems to indicate that fans might not want to hold their breath waiting for Robbins' appearance in the film.

"That was an Internet rumor," said Robbins when asked about his "Iron Man 2" connection. "Can't trust those Internets."

Robbins was initially rumored as a replacement for the previous actor who portrayed the elder Stark, because “Iron Man 2? director Jon Favreau “wanted to get a good actor because he didn’t think the guy who played Howard in the last film could carry such an important scene.” As we mentioned in our initial report, though, it’s that mysterious “flashback sequence” that really had our interest piqued.

Tony Stark’s father came up in conversation with “Iron Man” screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby back in September '08, and their comments prompted us to form some connections of our own between Howard Stark and Captain America in Marvel’s movie franchise.

What do you think "Iron Man 2" fans? Is Robbins out as Howard Stark? Would you have liked to see him in the film? Let us know!