Emilia Clarke almost appeared in Iron Man 3

Emilia Clarke was set to star in Iron Man 3 before her role was cut in the final script changes.Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce offered up the big reveal via Instagram over the weekend as he shared an image from the first table read of the second Iron Man …

Emilia Clarke was set to star in Iron Man 3 before her role was cut in the final script changes.

Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce offered up the big reveal via Instagram over the weekend as he shared an image from the first table read of the second Iron Man sequel back in 2012.

”My finest hour: at an early Iron Man Three table read,” Pearce captioned a shot of his name tag, noting Robert Downey Jr., who played the titular character, Don Cheadle, who portrayed James Rhodes / War Machine, and Clarke were all present during the meeting. “Downey, Cheadle, Emilia Clarke (long story, the script changed) … all vaguely terrifying.”

Pearce did not expand on what role Game of Thrones star Clarke had signed on to play or how the script had been changed.

Fellow screenwriter Shane Black also revealed he read the role of Jarvis during the pre-production gathering – a character ultimately played by Paul Bettany.

And previously, Black divulged that Rebecca Hall’s character Maya Hansen actually had a bigger part to play in the narrative at one point, but the writers made the decision to reduce it because Marvel executives didn’t think a female toy would sell.

“There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female,” he shared in an interview with Uproxx in 2016. “So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making. Now, that’s not (Marvel producer Kevin) Feige. That’s Marvel corporate, but now you don’t have that problem anymore.”

Feige is now the president of Marvel Studios.

Meanwhile, Clarke also recently shared that she rejected a role in 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey because she had concerns over being “pigeonholed” as someone who is willing to appear nude onscreen after disrobing for her hit TV series Game of Thrones, in which she played Daenerys Targaryen.

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Ben Kingsley kept Holocaust survivor’s photo close in Operation Finale

Sir Ben Kingsley carried a photo of late Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as he portrayed a fugitive Nazi officer in new movie Operation Finale. The film chronicles the real life story of the 1960 hunt and capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann,…

Sir Ben Kingsley carried a photo of late Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as he portrayed a fugitive Nazi officer in new movie Operation Finale.

The film chronicles the real life story of the 1960 hunt and capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, who had been using an alias as he lay low in Argentina following the end of World War Two.

Kingsley portrays Eichmann onscreen, but he didn’t need to do much research into his character’s background and role in the Nazi regime, because he was already well versed on that period in Holocaust history thanks to his previous roles tackling various aspects of the genocide.

“This film depicts the covert operation in how – years after World War II – Eichmann was finally captured…,” the British actor told New York Post columnist Cindy Adams. “Details of how he was eventually found may surprise many. Not me. I knew about his capture long before playing him in this movie.”

“Understand, I lived this history,” he continued. “I was in Steven Spielberg’s movie about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List. I played Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in 1989’s Murderers Among Us.”

Kingsley had also absorbed a lot of knowledge from his previous meetings with novelist Wiesel, and he drew inspiration from the activist, who passed away in 2016, by keeping his picture close onset.

“My great friend (Wiesel) was this Holocaust survivor,” he explained. “I loved him. I dedicate this film to him. I carried his photo in my pocket while we were shooting.”

Operation Finale, which also stars Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll, and Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, opens in theatres next week (begs27Aug18).

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Robert Downey Jr.’s filming approach has left lasting impression on Shane Black

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally …

Shane Black’s experience with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 informed how he worked on new flick The Predator.

The movie marks the franchise’s fourth instalment, and sees the man-hunting aliens return to earth after a young boy accidentally triggers the Predators.

The cast, which includes Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay and Boyd Holbrook, were all given the freedom to improvise during the shoot, a tactic Shane picked up from his Iron Man star.

“On Iron Man (3), Downey would be like, ‘Time!’ and I’d be like, ‘We’re shooting!’ and he’d be, ‘No, shut the cameras’ and we’d go back to the trailer and we’d all write, because he wanted new lines. I mean, maybe it’s a little bit of that,” Shane said to Slash Film. “Maybe I took a lesson from him. We’ve had a great deal of fun incorporating input from talented people who haven’t been looking at the same pages for two years.

“Y’know, Ryan Gosling’s input on The Nice Guys and Robert Downey’s input on anything, I’m happy a) that they elevate the material and b) to take credit for whatever lines they happen to generate.”

The film hits cinemas in September (18), eight years after the last Predator movie was released.

The first movie, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, came out in 1987, and Shane, who had a small acting role in it, says he’s happy to honour the original while also shaking things up in his version.

“I think that there’s a basic premise that has to be honoured every time you make a Predator film and that’s in some way, whatever the plot turns out to be, it has to, at some level, represent a hunt. But, beyond that I think there’s infinite variability,” he explained.

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