‘Iron Man’ reunion: Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, together again

June 13, 2011 | 6:42 p.m.
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Jon Favreau on "Iron Man" : "We all felt fortunate that we had such a great body of actors." (Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Jon Favreau: "We wanted to open 'Iron Man 2' with Tony, waking up, looking over, seeing that he’s laying next to Pepper Potts, and they just slept together, and just being really freaked out, like what’s he going to do. That was in the works." (Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Jon Favreau on "Iron Man": "Edgar Wright was the first person I showed the whole movie to. He saw it at the Stag Theater up at Skywalker...the Nick Fury thing in the first movie used to be after about 30 seconds of credits, and Edgar said, 'I love the movie. One thing I’d change -- put it all the way at the end of the credits. Make everybody sit through all the credits. And if they miss it, they’re not really fans.' (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

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Robert Downey Jr. on "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black helping earlier in franchise: "Shane, interestingly enough, there was a point when Jon and I were stuck on an idea…so we said, we should talk to Shane, and we said, “Shane, we can’t really pay you,” and he said, 'Bring me some salmon and some blueberries,' and we went to like, Yoda’s house in the Miracle Mile, and it wound up coming in handy, particularly for a couple of scenes." (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

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Robert Downey Jr. on Jon Favreau helping "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black: "What I can say about this circle of life thing is that Shane, as he’s getting into the process and getting his sea legs and stuff, he goes, 'When can we go talk to Jon?' So there’s going to be kind of this conglomeration of efforts moving forward." (Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Robert Downey Jr. (with a wink) about "The Avengers" set: "I hate everybody. I'm not talking about the cast, and I'm not talking about Joss. What I mean is I tend to look at a scene and say, 'This is absolutely impossible. We can’t shoot this. I can tell you 10 other movies it’s been in, and I refuse to.' I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what I signed on to do. So I brought that attitude, happily." (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

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Jon Favreau on Marvel lore: "For the Marvel stuff, you inherit the mantle and a set of expectations because people grew up with this material. So to get to speak for the canon of it and to be adopted as part of it is a really fun cultural thing." (Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Robert Downey Jr. on Tony Stark's growth: "I think we also wanted to play with the idea that he's someone who does have an awakening of sorts. So when he comes back, he doesn’t really want to play that game." (Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Jon Favreau on "Iron Man 2": "Although we had a lot of creative freedom, now all of a sudden, there was something to protect, and the studio was very well established, and there was definitely an Avengers agenda, there was a Tony Stark agenda, and there were all these other movies that were being developed. And there was [Downey's cameo in] 'The Hulk' ending. How do I work that into 'Iron Man 2'?"(Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival "Iron Man" screening at Mann Chinese 6 on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Jon Favreau on summer films: "On these big movies, it’s all about tone. That’s my only gig as a director is to make sure the tone’s right." (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

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Robert Downey Jr. on his "Avengers" skepticism: "I just thought, 'How are you gonna put all those clowns together, and he’s wearing a suit, and he’s all jacked up, and he’s so-and-so...' And we’re about six weeks in, and I have to say, Joss Whedon is nailing it, and he’s so smart and so good. And it’s going to be great. I can’t believe I just said it. I never could have believed it. It’s going to be great. "(Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

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Jon Favreau on the first "Iron Man": "When we embarked on this, the formula was just the hero sells the movie and the cast kind of gets you from set piece to set piece. That’s all that was required. But quickly it became obvious that the cast was starting to outshine the hero. And the parts of the film that I enjoy the most are the parts that have no suit. And the parts that are most exciting have no effects, which was a really wonderful realization and surprise as we made the movie." (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

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Robert Downey Jr. on Jon Favreau's departure as director: "Here’s the first thing I want to say: The most difficult part of making 'Iron Man 3' is going to be negotiating Jon Favreau’s acting deal." (Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images)

Robert Downey Jr. was the big surprise at the Hero Complex Film Festival and his time on stage with Jon Favreau crackled with energy and insight. To get a sense of the long, lively Q&A, we’ve put together a photo gallery with some of the key quotes from the Hollywood on-stage session — but, sorry, we didn’t include Favreau’s “Human Centipede” gag. As you go through the photos, be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option to read the quotes.

– Noelene Clark

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