“Iron Man 3” will have three villains at the center of its story. There will be Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin, Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian and James Badge Dale’s Eric Savin — aka “Coldblood” — but Dale doesn’t think that’s too many bad guys for one movie.
“Ben Kingsley is the mouthpiece. Guy Pearce is the brain. I’m the muscle,” Dale admitted to ShowBiz411. “Being in a big CGI action movie is a weird departure for me.”
This isn’t the only big budget movie Dale has coming up. In addition to playing Eric Savin, he’s also got a role in “World War Z” and will portray Dan Reid in the upcoming “The Lone Ranger.” Dale had previously been best known for his work on TV shows like “Rubicon” and “The Pacific,” so he said that this type of filmmaking is all new to him.
“I’m more of a ’put two guys in a room and we’ll just talk to each other’ style of actor,” he said. “But I had a lot of fun. I learned to ride a horse. I got to beat up grown men in robot suits and shoot zombies with Brad Pitt.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also recently opened up about “Iron Man 3,” explaining why it’s taken so long to have The Mandarin be a central villain in an “Iron Man” film.
“The Mandarin is his most famous foe in the comics mainly because he’s been around the longest. If you look, there’s not necessarily a definitive Mandarin storyline in the comics. So it was really about having an idea,” he said. “In terms of the Fu Manchu stereotyping that was involved, we never had any interest in that. He’s relentless. Assuming that he’s the one responsible for what happens to Tony’s house, no other villain has been able to strike that fast and that hard at one of our heroes. He’s very much about believing that the world needs to learn, and he wants to bend the world to his vision.”
“Iron Man 3” will hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
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