Rebecca Hall: My ‘Iron Man 3’ role was greatly reduced

TORONTO, Sept. 14 (UPI) — Rebecca Hall says her Iron Man 3 role was significantly reduced during production.

The 34-year-old actress, who portrayed Maya Hansen in the movie, confirmed in an interview with Postmedia Network that her character was meant to play a “substantial” part in the film.

“That’s 100 percent true,” Hall said at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her movie Christine. “I’ve been gagging to talk about it with someone, but I haven’t had the opportunity, weirdly.”

“I signed on to do something that was a substantial role. She wasn’t entirely the villain — there have been several phases of this — but I signed on to do something very different to what I ended up doing,” she added.

“Halfway through shooting they were basically like, ‘What would you think if you just got show out of nowhere?’ I was meant to be in the movie until the end,” the star revealed. “I grappled with them for a while, and then I said, ‘Well, you have to give me a decent death scene and you have to give me one more scene with Iron Man, which Robert Downey, Jr., supported me on.”

Iron Man 3 director Shane Black had said in a May interview with Uproxx that Hall’s character “was bigger at one point and [they] reduced it.” He hinted the actress was to have played a villain similar to Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce).

“We had a female character who was the villain in [an early] draft. We had finished that script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’e changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female,” Black revealed.

“In the earlier draft, the woman was essentially Killian — and they didn’t want a female Killian, they wanted a male Killian,” he added. “They just said, ‘No way.'”

Hall is known for such films as The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Town. Christine opens in theaters Oct. 14, with the actress also slated for The Gift with Jason Bateman.

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