By Nikki Griffin
|Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) in "Iron Man 3"|
Golden Globe-nominated actress Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "The Prestige") joins the Iron Man mythos as Doctor Maya Hansen in Marvel's "Iron Man 3" May 3, marking her first foray into the world of super hero films.
The half British, half American actress looked at her role as the opportunity to participate in one of fastest growing new film mythologies, engaging with its audience in a very unique way.
“I am a huge advocate of popular culture, and I think it is important for an actor to understand every facet of life," remarks Hall. "I think you’d be incredibly limited if you didn’t. These are arguably the most popular genre of films in the world, right now. So of course I want to know what that is about. I never imagined that I was the type of actress that would be asked to do one, which is different than saying ‘I never want to do one.' I think there is something quite moving about the way people care about these films, and how important it is in their lives.”
|Rebecca Hall stars as Dr. Maya Hansen in "Iron Man 3"|
Hall’s character, brilliant geneticist Maya Hansen, once had a brief romantic encounter with Tony Stark that proves to be a life-changing evening for her. When she resurfaces many years later, she and Tony's now-girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) have an interesting and unlikely dynamic.
“A lot of [Maya and Pepper's relationship] was on the page, but I think it [also] definitely developed [as we filmed]," relates the actress. "The dynamic between Gwyneth and I was naturally quite amicable. We applauded the fact that they had the courage to portray women in a bigger capacity [and] a more sophisticated way.”
|"Iron Man 3" soars into theaters & IMAX 3D May 3|
In "Iron Man 3" Maya creates the Extremis technology that powers the Armored Avenger's enemies in the film. But even though that technology has fallen into malevolent hands, Hall feels Maya Hansen's intentions were still noble.
“I don’t think she ever set out to make enemies. I think she has integrity, and is completely driven and motivated by the work. If she sees that there is an advancement in science to be made, she is not going to walk the other way. She invents some technology which is going to radically alter the course of humanity. Like anything that is massively powerful and potent, if it gets into the wrong hands, it can be dangerous, too.”
Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic super hero Iron Man, who first appeared in the pages of TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 in May of 1968.
"Iron Man 3" is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
In addition to "Iron Man 3," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Thor: The Dark World" on November 8, 2013; "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; the untitled "Marvel's The Avengers" sequel on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on November 6, 2015.