In­ven­tive role lets Guy really prove his met­tle

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

GUY Pearce isn’t really a fan of su­per­heroes. Ironic, con­sid­er­ing the Aus­tralian ac­tor will next be seen in Iron Man 3, which stars Robert Downey Jr as one of the most pop­u­lar comic-book heroes ever to grace the big screen. Pearce says even though he never read Marvel comics as a kid, he was drawn to the movie by the wise-crack­ing, bil­lion­aire ge­nius Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, aka one-sixth of Marvel’s dream team The Avengers. ‘‘I’m not into su­per­hero characters, but there’s some­thing nor­mal about Tony Stark,’’ he says. ‘‘He’s cre­ated this suit he can do amaz­ing things with, but it’s not that he has su­per pow­ers him­self. So there’s plau­si­bil­ity I can re­late to.’’ Com­bine this with the en­ter­tain­ment fac­tor of the first two Iron Man movies and last year’s The Avengers and Pearce ea­gerly jumped on board the Marvel band­wagon. While there’s a lot of mys­tery still shroud­ing Iron Man 3, which opens in Aus­tralia next week, Pearce is happy to re­veal his char­ac­ter, the in­ven­tor Aldrich Kil­lian, tries to come be­tween Pep­per Potts (Gwyneth Pal­trow) and Aldrich Kil­lian (Guy Pearce) in Iron Man 3. Stark and his girl­friend Pep­per Potts (played by Gwyneth Pal­trow). He says a lot about Kil­lian stems from him hav­ing been a crip­ple and a really awk­ward bloke his en­tire life, so he in­vents a prod­uct to solve his prob­lems and goes to Pep­per. ‘‘Pep­per Potts used to work for Kil­lian years ago when Kil­lian was very dif­fer­ent look­ing and he’s trans­formed him­self and come back into her life and said, ‘what about now?’,’’ Pearce says. ‘‘He’s kind of try­ing to change the world and wants to get Pep­per on board.’’ Whether that change is for good or bad, is not clear. Nor is how Sir Ben Kings­ley’s ter­ror­ist The Man­darin gets in­volved, who Pearce says is ‘‘the big nasty pastie that the whole world should be afraid of’’. But hav­ing worked closely with Downey Jr, it begs the ques­tions, just how fine a line is there be­tween him and Tony Stark? ‘‘I think Robert’s prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit more chilled in his life, than he used to be any­way,’’ Pearce says. ‘‘Tony’s a really bril­liant in­no­va­tive guy who is es­sen­tially try­ing to save the world and Robert is a very bril­liant and in­no­va­tive guy, but he knows it’s not his re­spon­si­bil­ity, so he’s pretty cool.’’

Iron Man 3 opens on Wed­nes­day.

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