Jeff Bridges Helped Rewrite 'Iron Man' at the Last Minute

"We read the script, and it wasn't really right," says the actor.

Iron Man is one of the most influential comic book movies of all time — and Jeff Bridges says he played a bigger role than the villain.

The actor teamed up with director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr. to rework the script with just weeks to go before shooting.

"Iron Man — we read the script, and it wasn't really right, you know? We had two weeks' rehearsal, and we basically rewrote the script," Bridges recalled during The Hollywood Reporter Actor Roundtable. "And the day before we were going to shoot, we get a call from the Marvel guy, saying, 'Oh, no, no, no. None of this is right.' So we would muster in my trailer and rehearse while the guys were in the studio tapping their foot, saying, 'When are they going to come?' We were still trying to figure out the [scenes] we were going to shoot."

Bridges' Obadiah Stane has the distinction of being the first chief villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the speaker of one of its finest lines: "Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave!"). The actor said he wouldn't rule out doing another superhero film (he also starred in the ill-fated 2013 comic book adaptation R.I.P.D.). 

"I really set out to not develop a strong persona and mix it up so the audience would have an easier time projecting whatever character I was playing," he says of the possibility of doing another superhero film.

Read the full Actor Roundtable here. It features plenty of fun superhero tidbits, such as Andrew Garfield expressing regret over his Amazing Spider-Man movies.