Between the popular Showtime series “House of Lies” and his commitments to the Marvel movie universe, actor Don Cheadle is a very busy guy. The Oscar-nominated star of “Hotel Rwanda” and “Crash” reprises the role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) best friend, in Marvel’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers.”
“They went back-to-back last year,” an enthusiastic (but clearly tired) Cheadle said in Toronto earlier this week. “I wrapped ‘Iron Man 3’ and literally a week and a half later I was on the set of ‘House of Lies,’ then came right out of the end of that and started press for ‘Iron Man 3.’”
“Iron Man 3” sees Cheadle’s character Rhodes given a new role and a bit of a rebranding. The power-armoured hero formerly known as War Machine is now the Iron Patriot – personal bodyguard to the U.S. president and one-man extension of American military might around the world. The events of “The Avengers” (such as demi-gods and aliens invading Earth) have left humanity reeling, and Rhodey now finds himself in the somewhat unenviable position of being a deterrent against future threats – including “Iron Man 3” villain the Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley).
“That’s what his rebrand is about,” Cheadle explains. “The president says that Washington wants to look strong; they want to have their public sector superhero. That’s what the propaganda behind Iron Patriot is about.”
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