Movie scripts typically go through a (sometimes arduous) process of rewriting and fine-tuning. Characters are added, subplots are thrown out, and the film often comes out looking nothing like the first draft of the script would have indicated. Director Shane Black and his co-writer Drew Pearce say that was true for them while they were writing the script for Iron Man 3. The pair were guests on Empire‘s latest podcast where they revealed one pretty amusing idea (perhaps pulled from the tabloid pages?) that ended up in the waste bin by the time they got to a second draft.
For those of you who’ve seen the latest Iron Man movie, can you imagine how Black and Pearce would have worked in a Pepper Potts sex scandal?
A subplot in the script’s first draft would have seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper getting down and dirty with super villain Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) in a Home Depot. Okay, not quite—but the home improvement store’s staff and customers would have gotten a front row seat to the show because Home Depot (where else?) is the place Killian would have chosen to broadcast the secret sex tape he made of their illicit rendezvous. Black explains: “Pepper, in one draft, slept with Killian because he was so pheromonially [sic] enhanced with this Extremis that she couldn’t resist him, and she was angry with Tony, and so she sleeps with Killian and then he makes a sex tape and broadcasts it in Home Depot.” Riiiiiight.
Extremis, a “super soldier” serum, is supposed to give a person “super strength, speed, stamina, and durability” as well some unpredictable results like fire breath or electrically-charged finger nails (or in Killian’s case, electrically-charged sex appeal). But there’s also some sort of disclaimer about a stage where your entire body becomes one giant scab. Sexy, right? I can see how Pepper would have been unable to resist.