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2013-04-22 02:01:24 PM

Mugato: Oh please, he's an actor. That's what they do, they act.


I've known very few alcoholics that have remained sober...so I don't think having Downey play that dark side of himself is a good idea...now matter how great of an actor he is.
 
2013-04-22 02:20:23 PM

slayer199: Mugato: Oh please, he's an actor. That's what they do, they act.

I've known very few alcoholics that have remained sober...so I don't think having Downey play that dark side of himself is a good idea...now matter how great of an actor he is.


I'd have to side with slayer199 on this one.  As an alcoholic I am fine going to bars, parties and shows and not drinking.  Want to sit me in front of the camera and have me pretend to be drinking?  I'd like to think that that wouldn't matter either but, I don't know.  Don't want RDJ pulling a Daniel Day Lewis and immersing himself in the downward spiral of Stark's alcoholism.
 
2013-04-22 02:24:48 PM

Valeriyance: Want to sit me in front of the camera and have me pretend to be drinking?


He's already done that in the first two and in Avengers.
 
2013-04-22 02:28:03 PM

Mugato: slayer199: Whomever thought this was a GOOD idea is a moron.  Robert Downey Jr.'s addiction issues are well-known (glad he's still sober).  I think having an addict play an alcoholic would be terribly unsympathetic.

Oh please, he's an actor. That's what they do, they act.


Oh please. SOmeone came to RDJ and said "Be a narsasistic, drunkard playbody who people still enjoy being around anyway himself". And paid him millions to do it.

Don;t get me wrong, he's PERFECT for the role and I even loved IM2 (which is rare apparently). That doesn;t mean this is a big stretch "acting" wise for him.
 
2013-04-22 02:29:20 PM
That's not drinking.

But you are right Neeek.  If he can have a cocktail in scenes he should be fine to explore two or more.
 
2013-04-22 02:36:32 PM
Yeah, can't have alcoholism in a kid's movie. Haha, watch Tony Stark get wasted, kids. It's funny.

Now let's watch some violence and fighting and explosions and guns and stuff and American flags and stuff... Yaaaaay!!!! ^_^
 
2013-04-22 02:37:02 PM

Mugato: HST's Dead Carcass: Maybe if they paid the screenwriters more to make compelling stories, they could cut back on the CGI.

Eh, screenwriters don't need more money. There are a million starving screenwriters in Hollywood. Money isn't the issue. It's studio execs who think they know better than the writers.


Um, perhaps you're unaware that it was one of the reasons they asked him, and one of the reasons he accepted? RDJ's past ain't a liability, it's a feature, yo.
 
2013-04-22 02:53:23 PM
"The camera slowly pulls away from the snowglobe, and it's revealed that tony stark really just had an iron deficiency.."
 
2013-04-22 03:07:42 PM
Daddy, you drink more than Ironman, why don't you have a special suit that can fly?

-- Slap
 
2013-04-22 03:18:44 PM

Mugato: They could address his alcoholism without it being Leaving Las Vegas. James Bond is clearly a drunk and it never brings the movie down. Shane Black is one of the best action screenwriters in Hollywood, let him do what he wants. Farking suits



Shaneshould have said "Gee you guys are pussies... Gee you guys are pussies
 
2013-04-22 03:24:16 PM
One of the things I enjoyed about the character was his struggle with alcohol. I always felt that his frustration with the world came from operating on an intelligence level well beyond the average human and/or out of the normal realm of thought which he could escape by drinking. I guess I enjoyed it, because I could relate though I am not a super genius I do tend to see things outside of normal thinking and I have become a regular drinker though I wouldn't quite call it alcoholism since I don't have any of the negative aspects like drinking until I pass out every night. I do not mind that they axed alcoholism from the script, but I wish they would stop hinting at it or portraying him as a heavy drinker since it glamorize drinking.
 
2013-04-22 03:27:31 PM

Profedius: One of the things I enjoyed about the character was his struggle with alcohol. I always felt that his frustration with the world came from operating on an intelligence level well beyond the average human and/or out of the normal realm of thought which he could escape by drinking. I guess I enjoyed it, because I could relate though I am not a super genius I do tend to see things outside of normal thinking and I have become a regular drinker though I wouldn't quite call it alcoholism since I don't have any of the negative aspects like drinking until I pass out every night. I do not mind that they axed alcoholism from the script, but I wish they would stop hinting at it or portraying him as a heavy drinker since it glamorize drinking.


Could just be part of the playboy image
 
2013-04-22 03:27:38 PM

Sargun: Wasn't Iron Man 2 literally about his alcoholism?


This.

Even though he had understandable and underlying reasons, pretty much the entire first half was Stark managing to be even more of a dick than he was in the first movie. And it was awesome, regardless.

/yeah, I said it
 
2013-04-22 03:32:00 PM
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I suppose we should be grateful that RDJ's other major character was done justice with his drug habits.

/thought the BBC's version with nicotine patches was a cop out
 
2013-04-22 03:44:41 PM

Captain Kickass: I'm no Comic Book Guy, but isn't that one of the character's defining characteristics?


Actually No,  but most people mistake the symptom for the real defining characteristic/flaw of Tony Stark.

His real issue is that Tony Stark is an Obsessive, Thrill-Seeking, Ego-Maniac.

The alcohol is just a crutch he falls back on when (if) he gets bored with fast cars, fast women, secret projects, upgrading the armor and being Iron Man.  Which is pretty much the one thing that he is more
addicted to that the drink.
 
2013-04-22 03:50:58 PM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: YodaBlues: Mugato: Farking studio suits need to go back to their hookers and blow and stay out of the creative process.

The studio in question here is Marvel Studios though. Comic book execs are more likely to be doped out on dimetapp than cocaine.

Marvel is going to take the official blame for it, but Disney told them straight off the instant they got bought that they weren't allowed to do 'Demon in a Bottle'.  I remember it being a thing back when Iron Man 2 came out and fans were beginning to ask questions.

/no movie with Ben Kingsley as the villain is ever good
//but this news just makes me want to ignore renting the DVD as well


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/begs to differ
 
2013-04-22 04:37:27 PM
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2013-04-22 04:44:22 PM

PsyLord: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: YodaBlues: Mugato: Farking studio suits need to go back to their hookers and blow and stay out of the creative process.

The studio in question here is Marvel Studios though. Comic book execs are more likely to be doped out on dimetapp than cocaine.

Marvel is going to take the official blame for it, but Disney told them straight off the instant they got bought that they weren't allowed to do 'Demon in a Bottle'.  I remember it being a thing back when Iron Man 2 came out and fans were beginning to ask questions.

/no movie with Ben Kingsley as the villain is ever good
//but this news just makes me want to ignore renting the DVD as well



/begs to differ


This. Sneakers wasnt a bad movie.
 
2013-04-22 05:05:49 PM
The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.
 
2013-04-22 05:09:53 PM
I think the whole Demon In A Bottle story would be too heavy for an action scifi/fantasy film. It would be great if this were a weekly TV series, but trying to boil it down to a two-hour movie would rob the story of its gravitas, and take away from other elements of the movie. Basically, they'd have to make the whole movie JUST Demon In A Bottle.

And then there's the fact that a lot of that story already unfolded in a different way on Marvel Cinematic Earth. Stane's dead there, already. Tony's whole life story is much more compact than the comic's version.

I could see them covering Civil War before they do Demon In A Bottle. It would be more entertaining to see Stark turn into a pro-registration dickwad than to see him wallow in misery as a drunk who gives up the armor and becomes a bum.
 
2013-04-22 05:23:28 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: This. Sneakers wasnt a bad movie.


Sneakers was a great movie.

/cattle mutilations are up
 
2013-04-22 06:10:01 PM

ekdikeo4: The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.


Demon in a Bottle was, like, 5 issues in the late 70s, ending with issue #128. Then, Tony had a long sober period, which ended in the mid-160s when he took up drinking again. He abandoned the armor in issue #171, lost his company in issue #173, was homeless by issue #178, sober by 182, had put together a new version of the original grey armor by issue #191, and was full-time Iron Man again when he introduced the Silver Centurian armor and battled Stane in issue #200.

So, yeah, 3-4 years for the major drunk and drying out phase, with 6 months for the original drunk story. And that's not quite correct, since his drinking was just a subplot in the issues in the 120s until it became full blown Drunk Tony with issue #128.
 
2013-04-22 06:19:28 PM
You know why the directors cut of Daredevil is about a million times better than the theatrical cut?   Because the big brains at the studio said 'This is too long, we can either cut out action or cut out character development stuff....Screw character development stuff, the audience wants ACTION!'....
 
2013-04-22 06:42:20 PM

FirstNationalBastard: ekdikeo4: The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.

Demon in a Bottle was, like, 5 issues in the late 70s, ending with issue #128. Then, Tony had a long sober period, which ended in the mid-160s when he took up drinking again. He abandoned the armor in issue #171, lost his company in issue #173, was homeless by issue #178, sober by 182, had put together a new version of the original grey armor by issue #191, and was full-time Iron Man again when he introduced the Silver Centurian armor and battled Stane in issue #200.

So, yeah, 3-4 years for the major drunk and drying out phase, with 6 months for the original drunk story. And that's not quite correct, since his drinking was just a subplot in the issues in the 120s until it became full blown Drunk Tony with issue #128.



He's been dealing with getting drunk again just this last year during and after the Fear Itself story line.  It was a major plot point.  Also, his alcoholism was brought up very directly in Avengers Disassembled back in the early 2000s, and half the Avengers didn't believe his side of the story due to his history.

Even now with Iron-Man-In-Space, he received a 'cocktail' to drink in a recent issue, that had to be verbally explained was only fruit juice to touch on that character point.
 
2013-04-22 06:45:33 PM

FirstNationalBastard: ekdikeo4: The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.

Demon in a Bottle was, like, 5 issues in the late 70s, ending with issue #128. Then, Tony had a long sober period, which ended in the mid-160s when he took up drinking again. He abandoned the armor in issue #171, lost his company in issue #173, was homeless by issue #178, sober by 182, had put together a new version of the original grey armor by issue #191, and was full-time Iron Man again when he introduced the Silver Centurian armor and battled Stane in issue #200.

So, yeah, 3-4 years for the major drunk and drying out phase, with 6 months for the original drunk story. And that's not quite correct, since his drinking was just a subplot in the issues in the 120s until it became full blown Drunk Tony with issue #128.


ok, so, I wasn't completely out of line with that.  Just not realizing that there were two largely different storylines that involved the alcoholism.  I know it's been a point that would weave in and out over the years, even though I haven't paid attention very closely in a couple decades.
 
2013-04-22 06:56:43 PM

You Are All Sheep: I thought they kinda covered the drunk thing in IM2 anyway, albeit brief.


Was gonna say they did it in the 2nd movie.

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2013-04-22 07:28:47 PM

BafflerMeal: FirstNationalBastard: ekdikeo4: The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.

Demon in a Bottle was, like, 5 issues in the late 70s, ending with issue #128. Then, Tony had a long sober period, which ended in the mid-160s when he took up drinking again. He abandoned the armor in issue #171, lost his company in issue #173, was homeless by issue #178, sober by 182, had put together a new version of the original grey armor by issue #191, and was full-time Iron Man again when he introduced the Silver Centurian armor and battled Stane in issue #200.

So, yeah, 3-4 years for the major drunk and drying out phase, with 6 months for the original drunk story. And that's not quite correct, since his drinking was just a subplot in the issues in the 120s until it became full blown Drunk Tony with issue #128.


He's been dealing with getting drunk again just this last year during and after the Fear Itself story line.  It was a major plot point.  Also, his alcoholism was brought up very directly in Avengers Disassembled back in the early 2000s, and half the Avengers didn't believe his side of the story due to his history.

Even now with Iron-Man-In-Space, he received a 'cocktail' to drink in a recent issue, that had to be verbally explained was only fruit juice to touch on that character point.


To be fair in comics they don't constantly talk about character addictions. Ms. Marvel was an alcoholic and Red Arrow was hooked on smack and you almost never hear about either. I want to say Green Arrow Ollie had a booze problem too once upon a time.
 
2013-04-22 07:43:15 PM

The_Knarf: I can understand that. While it was a great character growth story in the comics, most people go to iron man movies wanting to see iron man you know... Doing iron man stuff. To do justice to the Demon in a Bottle story it would dominate the entire movie.


I completely disagree. The entire appeal for the movies for me is RDJ as Tony Stark, the Iron Man stuff is nice but it's mostly the same fun generic action hero shiat. I don't have high hopes for the third one as the second showed they were going more in the direction of less Tony, more generic action hero shiat. Shying away from things that might be out of the ordinary is a sign that they're now just in coasting mode. Obviously, I haven't seen it and could be proven wrong, but that's my impression.
 
2013-04-22 07:48:13 PM

therecksays: BafflerMeal: FirstNationalBastard: ekdikeo4: The Demon in a Bottle thread really encompassed what, 10 years or so? of the comic book?  I know it's effects were definitely still going when I picked up the series as a late 80's reader.  The article says late 70's, so if that's the case, it really took a very long time in comic book world for him to really beat that.

I was thinking it was more like 3-4 years actually, but my memory of time is pretty compressed.

Really the whole Stark vs Rhodes vs Stane would be pretty awesome, but it'd take an entire series of movies itself, I think.

Demon in a Bottle was, like, 5 issues in the late 70s, ending with issue #128. Then, Tony had a long sober period, which ended in the mid-160s when he took up drinking again. He abandoned the armor in issue #171, lost his company in issue #173, was homeless by issue #178, sober by 182, had put together a new version of the original grey armor by issue #191, and was full-time Iron Man again when he introduced the Silver Centurian armor and battled Stane in issue #200.

So, yeah, 3-4 years for the major drunk and drying out phase, with 6 months for the original drunk story. And that's not quite correct, since his drinking was just a subplot in the issues in the 120s until it became full blown Drunk Tony with issue #128.


He's been dealing with getting drunk again just this last year during and after the Fear Itself story line.  It was a major plot point.  Also, his alcoholism was brought up very directly in Avengers Disassembled back in the early 2000s, and half the Avengers didn't believe his side of the story due to his history.

Even now with Iron-Man-In-Space, he received a 'cocktail' to drink in a recent issue, that had to be verbally explained was only fruit juice to touch on that character point.

To be fair in comics they don't constantly talk about character addictions. Ms. Marvel was an alcoholic and Red Arrow was hooked on smack and you almost never hear about either. I want t ...


Sure, I agree.  Nor should they.  I'm just pointing out that it's not just a legacy from the 70's.  It's a part of his character.
 
2013-04-22 08:08:49 PM
Sad to see it. The Dark Knight Rises tied in Bruce's demons and personal collapse really well into the main plot. I'm sure they could've tied alcoholism into a reckless playboy like Tony Stark and make it work in the movie.
 
2013-04-22 10:52:27 PM

Mugato: It's not bad storytelling for him to not have a problem in the first film and be a full on drunk by the third.


Not without ALREADY showing it.
It would feel made up at this point just to give him a problem.
And truthfully, I'd see it as the "too many villains in a sequel".
 
2013-04-22 11:06:22 PM

Zombie DJ: Mugato: It's not bad storytelling for him to not have a problem in the first film and be a full on drunk by the third.

Not without ALREADY showing it.
It would feel made up at this point just to give him a problem.
And truthfully, I'd see it as the "too many villains in a sequel".


From the first scene in the first film he had a drink in his hand, it was apparent from the beginning he was a drinker. I dunno, if they decide they don't want to play up the drunk angle then fine. I guess my only real problem is studio execs telling the writers what to do like they know anything.
 
2013-04-23 04:57:48 AM

PsyLord: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: YodaBlues: Mugato: Farking studio suits need to go back to their hookers and blow and stay out of the creative process.

The studio in question here is Marvel Studios though. Comic book execs are more likely to be doped out on dimetapp than cocaine.

Marvel is going to take the official blame for it, but Disney told them straight off the instant they got bought that they weren't allowed to do 'Demon in a Bottle'.  I remember it being a thing back when Iron Man 2 came out and fans were beginning to ask questions.

/no movie with Ben Kingsley as the villain is ever good
//but this news just makes me want to ignore renting the DVD as well

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/begs to differ


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2013-04-23 09:52:58 AM
Sargun:  Wasn't Iron Man 2 literally about his alcoholism?

Exactly what I was thinking.  And although I liked Iron Man II overall (I know, I know.....a lot of you didn't), I could have easily gone without Tony Stark being a drunken asshole.
 
2013-04-23 06:31:20 PM
Of course he's an alcoholic, he's in a can virtually all the time.
 
2013-04-23 07:45:39 PM

carrion_luggage: Of course he's an alcoholic, he's in a can virtually all the time.


So is Northstar.
 
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