by Brett White
Pretty much every Marvel movie has brought the funny to some degree, but “Iron Man 3” puts all the others to shame. Shane Black and Drew Pearce crafted a witty script full of wit and character that packs in as many big jokes as it does plot twists. It also doesn’t hurt that they have the endlessly charismatic Robert Downey Jr. in the lead and, in the case of one memorable scene, comedian Adam Pally.
If you haven’t seen “Iron Man 3” yet, then consider this your spoiler warning. Maybe no big plot points will be revealed here, but some jokes might, and I consider jokes even more sacred than plot twists. Your mileage may vary.
“Happy Endings” star Adam Pally pops up as a cameraman with an unhealthy (understatement) fixation on Tony Stark during the film’s Tennessee-set second act. In a recent interview with Vulture, Pally reveals how he made his way into what’s already the biggest movie of the year.
“I actually got the role in a roundabout way. I got called in about three years ago to meet Robert Downey Jr. and write web series stuff for him. He’s basically my idol, and he was trying to find an online presence for himself, and through that we just started working together. Eventually I got the call for Iron Man, and I read sides that had nothing to do with what I did in the movie, and I performed it once while no one was in the room — it was videotaped, and I’m sure Shane Black was watching it from his helicopter or something. And then I got a call the next day that I was going down to shoot it.”
With the first two “Iron Man” films being heavily improvised, and Pally’s extensive background performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on improv teams like 1985, Beverly Hills and Death By Roo Roo, one would naturally assume that most of the scene was made up on the spot. According to Pally, that assumption is half correct.
“A lot of it [was improvised]. Although a lot of it was written, too, because Drew Pearce, the writer, is amazing. His dialogue was really good, and Shane Black [co-wrote it], and there’s not much you need to do to improve on Shane Black’s dialogue. It was awesome, it was like reading ’Lethal Weapon’ scenes. Shane was really cool about my improv background, and he gave me some amazing notes, and we’d do one regular take and one take where Robert would start improvising. All I had to do was keep up with him to come out looking good.”
Pally also discusses his relationship with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo and whether or not he’ll be pulling strings to get involved in the film.
“Well, the Russo brothers are the best people ever, and they cast me in ’Happy Endings.’ I did text Joe Russo to say, ’I don’t think my character dies, so if you need a local news cameraman to show up in ’Captain America 2’… I know it doesn’t make sense, but just hear me out on this!’ He was really cool about it and turned me down right away.”
Check out the full interview with Vulture to hear his further thoughts on the Russo brothers taking over “Captain America”
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