Favreau Hammers Out a Few Ideas for the ‘Iron Man' DVD12 May, 2008 By: Fred Topel
Robert Downey Jr. was an unconventional choice to play the title character in Iron Man because of his personal setbacks and his unproven box office clout. A deciding factor was Downey's performance in a screen test. Director Jon Favreau, who fought to cast him, hopes to include the audition on the eventual DVD.
“We had some fans within Marvel, but there were a lot of people who were wringing their hands and were nervous, and I understand that,” Favreau said. “I said, ‘If we do this screen test, it might be the tool to help me get this accomplished.' And Robert went on camera and just crushed it. It was obvious that he was perfect.”
Clearing such materials for exhibition can be a challenge, but Favreau is hopeful.
“I want people to see it, because it's just as good, if not better, than anything that's in the movie,” he said.
With two years of production ending just as the film hit theaters, Favreau has had little time to think about home video.
“I definitely want the screen test, and there are a couple of alternate takes that would be cool for people to see because Robert did a lot of improvising,” he said. “So there are some different versions of scenes, particularly in terms of the dialogue.”
Favreau has been involved with bonus features on his previous films — Made, Elf and Zathura — so he is game to contribute to the Iron Man DVD.
“I love [DVDs], both as a movie fan and a filmmaker,” he said. “Like other moviegoers, I think fans enjoy hearing about and seeing the things that go on behind the scenes to make movies.”
Iron Man opened in theaters May 2.