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Kate Mara talks Iron Man 2 bit part ‘that turned into really nothing’

Kate Mara talks her ‘weird cameo’ in Iron Man 2 ‘that turned into nothing’… despite small promise of becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Kate Mara may have had a fleeting chance to be a Marvel star.

The 37-year-old told the Collider Ladies Night podcast and dished about her bit part in Iron Man 2 ‘that turned into really nothing. But I don’t mind!’

She recalled: ‘I had a meeting with Jon Favreau for that and they had said to me: “It’s a very, very small part, but it’s with Robert Downey and Jon, and it’ll be really fun.”‘ 

'But I don't mind!': Kate Mara told the Collider Ladies Night podcast and dished about her bit part in Iron Man 2 (pictured) 'that turned into really nothing

‘But I don’t mind!’: Kate Mara told the Collider Ladies Night podcast and dished about her bit part in Iron Man 2 (pictured) ‘that turned into really nothing

Jon Favreau directed the first two Iron Man films and has been a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since as an actor and producer.  

Kate revealed that Jon told her: ‘”And a lot of times they bring these characters back into bigger more substantial roles.” It wasn’t a promise, but it was definitely something that was hinted at to me.’

She went on: ‘So that’s the reason why I even took the meeting was because I thought: “Well, if there’s a chance of it, why not spend an evening working with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau? Great. I love them both. They’re amazing. It’ll be a good experience.” And that’s exactly what it ended up being.’

Kate allowed: ‘It ended up being nothing more than that, but it really was fun. And we were shooting until like four in the morning. But yeah, it’s a weird cameo that turned into really nothing. But I don’t mind!’

Telling the tale: She recalled: 'I had a meeting with Jon Favreau for that and they had said to me: "It’s a very, very small part, but it’s with Robert Downey and Jon, and it’ll be really fun"'

Telling the tale: She recalled: ‘I had a meeting with Jon Favreau for that and they had said to me: “It’s a very, very small part, but it’s with Robert Downey and Jon, and it’ll be really fun”‘

In the film she stars as a leggy US Marshall who flirtatiously subpoenas Robert’s Iron Man character to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Kate is no stranger to the superhero genre as she starred in the 2015 film Fantastic Four which had a dismal showing critically and commercially.

A month after its release Kate told the Times Of London she had still not seen Fantastic Four and was ‘a little bit gun-shy’ because of the savaging from the critics. 

Directed by Josh Trank, the film was not a total loss for Kate as her smoldering co-star Jamie Bell is now her husband and the father of her one-year-old daughter.

The big moment: In the film she stars as a leggy US Marshall who flirtatiously subpoenas Robert's Iron Man character to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee

The big moment: In the film she stars as a leggy US Marshall who flirtatiously subpoenas Robert’s Iron Man character to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee

Back in 2015 she was diplomatic about the filming experience saying: ‘It was a tricky shoot, but you know…When you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.’

However recently she let loose in Emmy magazine: ‘I had a horrible experience on Fantastic Four. I’ve never talked about it before.’

She allowed: ‘I married one of my costars, so I don’t regret doing that movie at all. But do I wish I had responded differently to certain things? Yes, definitely.’

Remember when: Kate is no stranger to the superhero genre as she starred in the 2015 film Fantastic Four which had a dismal showing critically and commercially

Remember when: Kate is no stranger to the superhero genre as she starred in the 2015 film Fantastic Four which had a dismal showing critically and commercially

Kate also said: ‘The fact of the matter is that my two horrendous experiences with directors were male directors. Have I not gotten along with a female director? Absolutely. And was it not the greatest work experience? Sure. But there was never a time that I felt: “This is happening because I’m a woman.”‘

She added: ‘Where with the male directors, it 100 percent was only happening with me; it was a power dynamic thing. And on both of my bad experiences, the movies were 95 percent men and I was the only woman in the movie.’

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