What They Said: Downey Jr. on the "Disappointing" 'Iron Man 2,' and Aaron Sorkin on Writing a Pixar Movie for Steve Jobs

What They Said: Downey Jr. on the "Disappointing" 'Iron Man 2,' and Aaron Sorkin on Writing a Pixar Movie for Steve Jobs

Oct 10, 2011

If you're a big fan of the recent Marvel movies, then you'll most likely agree that Iron Man 2 was lacking that certain kind of magic that the first Iron Man delivered in spades. A lot of it had to do with the rushed production -- how they were still writing the script while they shot the movie -- leaving certain plotlines feeling forced, and certain fight scenes feeling, well, blah. In speaking about his film career with the LA Times, Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. briefly expressed his "disappointment" with the Iron Man sequel for the first time, though don't expect the guy to go off on any sort of tirade since he's still set to star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in two more films.

He told the paper, "The first one changed everything for me and with the second 'Iron Man' there were certain aspects that were dissatisfying and disappointing to me but at least they lit me right.... [The first one] was a meditation on responsibility and an exploration of how a small group of people can take a two-dimensional idea and, if the winds are right, create something that makes people say, 'That was my favorite movie of the year.' To me, Tony Stark's story is a karma story and a technology story. I love a good action movie — a Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise or Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson in the right spot, and you smile and say, 'That's what this kind of movie is all about.' There were two times in my life I prepared for something manically, it was this and 'Chaplin.' I became the expert on this guy."

Meanwhile, in the wake of Steve Jobs' death, the outpouring of love is still ongoing as folks remember the iconic game-changer and Apple co-founder. In a piece for Newsweek (via JoBlo) Aaron Sorkin remembers the last phone call he had with Jobs, which involved the tech innovator asking him to write a Pixar movie.

Sorkin writes: "But it’s his last call I’ll always remember. He wanted me to write a Pixar movie. I told him I loved Pixar movies, I’d seen all of them at least twice and felt they were small miracles, but that I didn’t think I’d be good at it.

STEVE: Why not?

ME: I just—I don’t think I can make inanimate objects talk.

STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.

ME: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she’ll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.

(long silence)

STEVE: Jeez ... write about THAT.

ME: Steve—

STEVE: Why don’t you come up here and let me give you a tour of the place.

I told him I’d take him up on it and I never did. But I still keep thinking about that Pixar movie."

Do you think Sorkin should write a Pixar movie?

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