Shane Black talks about his 'romance' with Robert Downey Jr.

Exclusive: The Iron Man 3 director on his leading man

Total Film magazine issue 206 is out now, and our cover star Iron Man heads up frankly ginormous Marvel special.

Inside the issue (which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad), we chat with all the key players on Iron Man 3, including Robert Downey Jr. and director Shane Black.

Black is new to the franchise (taking the reins from Jon Favreau, who stays on board as a co-star), but he does have previous form with RDJ, having directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and punched up the dialogue in the original Iron Man.

On his relationship with Downey Jr., Black told us: “Robert and I go back almost 10 years to the day when we sorta locked eyes across a Whole Foods market and sorta said, ‘We should work together.’

“It’s almost been like a romance with Robert, over a period of time. He knows how to push my buttons and I know how to push his, and I think that’s what makes it such a joy.

“I owe a great deal of thanks to this man who will be gracious enough to say I’ve helped him with his career and comeback, but it’s every bit the opposite.”

Iron Man 3 opens in the UK on 25 April 2013.

For much more on Iron Man 3, pick up the brand-new issue 206 of Total Film magazine, which is on sale now.

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