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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

An Interview with Rebecca Hall for Iron Man 3

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?  With the 3D Super Set and Blu-ray Combo Pack of Iron Man 3 about to be released, Rebecca Hall – who plays Maya Hansen in the movie – talks about the epic superhero project…

What was your favorite scene to shoot in Iron Man 3?
I truly enjoyed the flashback sequence in the movie. The filming of that whole millennium party sequence was brilliant. There’s such a rapport and an energy between Jon Favreau [who plays Happy Hogan] and Robert Downey Jr. [who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man], as well as with Guy Pearce [who plays Aldrich Killian]. All of those humors combined made it quite a raucous, creative and entertaining environment.

Did you have any trepidation about stepping into such a huge superhero franchise?
I think there’s trepidation when you get involved with any job. It was more like the feeling you get when you go to an amusement park and you going on those scary rides. It’s exciting, but you know what you’re getting into. It might be a bit scary, but you know it’s going to be fun – and you can get off and leave at the end. Any job is scary, but you tackle the challenges head on and you hope for the best.

How would you describe your character in the movie?
Maya Hansen is an incredibly smart scientist. Some would say she is a genius scientist who’s developed some very cutting-edge technology that is one of the principal components of the story.

What attracted you to the role?

The first thing that attracted me to playing Maya was the fact that she wasn’t so much a notch on Tony Stark’s belt from the past, when he was a playboy. She had an affair with him but she was just as likely not to call him, as he was to call her. The second thing I liked about her was the fact that there wasn’t a reductive stereotypical catfight between Maya and Pepper Potts [played by Gwyneth Paltrow], as if they have nothing more interesting to do than fight over their ex-lovers. Instead, there’s parity between them. There’s a much more honest, sophisticated relationship between the two women who get along and have much in common. I thought that was interesting and refreshing, and it made the role an attractive prospect to play.

Were there any other reasons behind your decision to sign up for Iron Man 3?
This project seemed like it would be very fun to try. When I got the call asking if I wanted to be a part of this huge juggernaut, I was far too curious not to take part. It’s been fascinating and exciting. And it’s been thrilling, too.

As an actress, what did you learn from working on Iron Man 3?
I learned a lot. I learned how to think on my toes and to improvise with Robert Downey Jr., which was definitely exhausting.

Have you been surprised by the success of the movie and the fans’ ecstatic response to the story?
I understand that these are arguably the most successful and popular films being made in the world at the moment. Anything that involves comic books has that fan following and you know that when you get on board. However, it’s certainly overwhelming when you see someone hold
ing a 5-foot banner with your face painted on it as Maya Hansen. That’s not something I’m used to. It’s different, but it’s exciting.

What are your thoughts on the earlier movies in the Iron Man franchise?
I remember going to see the first Iron Man film and watching it and thinking, ‘It’s not just about the action sequences and the thrill ride or whatever; it’s also about the repartee and the wit and the dialogue.’ There was also a screwball battle-of-the-sexes comedy going on that I loved. I thought to myself, ‘This would be a great thing to be a part of.’

Iron Man 3 Arrives on Blu-ray September 24!  Order your copy today!
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