Iron Man had "no script"
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"We [director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr.] read the script and it wasn’t really right, you know? We had two weeks’ rehearsal and we basically rewrote the script. And the day before we were going to shoot, we get a call from the Marvel guy saying, “Oh no, no, no. None of this is right.” So we would muster in my trailer and rehearse while the guys were in the studio tapping their foot, saying, “When are they going to come?” We were still trying to figure out the [scenes] we were going to shoot.
“They had no script, man,” Bridges exclaims. “They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn’t know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, ‘You got any ideas?’
Bridges, director Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. would literally act out sequences during primitive rehearsals, Downey taking on Bridges’s role and vice versa, to find and essentially improvise their way to full scenes, the actor recounts. Bridges says that the entire production was probably saved by the improv prowess of the film’s director and star.
“You would think with a $200 million movie you’d have the shit together, but it was just the opposite. And the reason for that is because they get ahead of themselves. They have a release date before the script- ‘oh, we’ll have the script before that time’- and they don’t have their shit together.