Jeff Bridges, the talented actor who played the villain Obadiah Stane in “Iron Man,” once described the blockbuster as a “$200 million dollar student film.” Crazy, right?
I mean, we all know “Iron Man” was a massive success. It was the movie that kick-started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and made Robert Downey Jr. a household name as Tony Stark. But a student film? It might sound like Bridges is taking a jab at the movie, but actually, it’s quite the opposite.
Bridges’ comment isn’t a diss. In fact, he’s referring to the creative process that went on behind the scenes. You see, “Iron Man” didn’t have a fully fleshed-out script when filming began. The actors and directors were often improvising and creating scenes on the spot – kinda like how you’d work on a student film. So, in a way, he’s praising the team’s ability to roll with the punches and still produce a successful film.
It’s worth noting that while the film’s process might’ve felt like a chaotic student project, it definitely had a professional outcome. “Iron Man” pulled in over $585 million worldwide and paved the way for what would become the highest-grossing film franchise in history.
Bridges’ perspective puts a cool spin on how we view the creation of “Iron Man,” and it goes to show that sometimes the most successful things come out of unexpected circumstances. I mean, if a $200 million “student film” can kick-start a multi-billion dollar franchise, who knows what’s possible, right?
The movie earned a whopping $585 million worldwide, setting the stage for the entire MCU.