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'Iron Man 3' almost had sex tape subplot

by Matthew Price Published: May 8, 2013

According to a report in “Empire,” the “Iron Man 3″ movie almost had viewers seeing a lot more of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Though the actress does spend the latter part of the film in a sports bra, there was a draft planned in which she’d wear even less — Pepper Potts was set to appear in a sex tape.   And it wouldn’t have been with love interest Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

According to a podcast with Shane Black and Drew Pearce, in one version of the screenplay Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) seduces Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), then releases a sex tape with the two of them.   In the film, Killian has access to a substance called Extremis that extends powers to the user by rewiring the human brain, among other effects.

“Pepper, in one draft, slept with Killian because he was so pheremonally enhanced with this Extremis that she couldn’t resist him,” Black said. “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.”

I’m not sure why Home Depot, but I guess given the bad guys’ tactic in the film of breaking across all stations everywhere for threatening broadcasts, I guess it could have been worse.

Check out the podcast below:

(h/t AV Club)


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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