Inventive role lets Guy really prove his mettle
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.