Don Cheadle Ponders The Unknown Elements Of ‘Iron Man 2′

Don Cheadle plays an undercover cop in “Brooklyn’s Finest,” but comic book fans know him better as the new face of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, the man who becomes War Machine in “Iron Man 2.”

Given his upcoming debut as Iron Man’s military-minded counterpart, we had to spend a little time during this weekend’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” junket getting Cheadle’s take on where “Iron Man 2″ stands and whether we’ll get to see Marvel’s armored heroes square off in the May 7 sequel.

“I think that thing’s going to be delivered dripping wet to theaters,” said Cheadle when asked where “Iron Man 2″ is at in post-production. “Friday, I have to go back and do a re-shoot, so…”

Asked whether Iron Man and War Machine would do battle in the film (since we’ve already seen them team-up in the “Iron Man 2″ trailer), Cheadle wasn’t giving anything away.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I haven’t seen the finished product. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the film.”

However, he did offer up some thoughts about the process behind the film, and why he’s expecting to be as surprised as anyone else in the audience when the film hits theaters.

“There’s a fair amount [of CGI in the film],” he said. “War Machine shows up and the suit is very heavy, and very hot. It’s really an interesting thing to see how they put it together. It’s the motion-capture suit and the stuntmen and then you, and the animation, the pure CGI, and somewhere between those four elements there’s a composite character that comes out. I think my CGI character works as much as I did.”

“There are so many unknowns when you do a film like that — from what you’re doing on the set to what happens in post-production once you leave and all of these elements get put in that you’re not seeing while you’re working,” he added. “So it’s a very different way of working.”

Of course, we had to ask about the future of War Machine — whether in solo films or “The Avengers.” According to Cheadle, he’s signed to a multi-film contract, but he’s not certain exactly where that will bring the character.

“Yeah, it depends on what it is,” he said. “You don’t mind being locked into things that are good, but you don’t want to be locked into something that is not good. But I imagine the movie is going to be good.”

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