Jeff Bridges says he initially felt ‘very frustrated’ while making Iron Man

Jeff Bridges has admitted to initially finding his experience making Iron Man “very frustrating”.

The actor starred opposite Robert Downey Jr in the 2008 superhero film, which was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) release.

Bridges, who can currently be seen in TV series The Old Man, reflected on the Jon Favreau-directed film in a new interview with The Independent.

“Downey was so great in that, and we had a ball making it,” the actor, who played the villainous Obadiah Stane, said.

The actor revealed that he struggled with the improvisational filmmaking process at first, and had to make “a little adjustment” to cope.

“It was kind of written day by day; we’d go into our trailers and we’d try and figure out how we’re going to do the day’s work, basically,” he said, adding: “It was very frustrating for me until I made a little adjustment in my mind, because I like to kind of know my lines and study and all.”

He continued: “I just made a little adjustment – ‘Jeff, relax man, have fun; you’re making a $200m (£177m) studio film. You know, just have fun – look at these guys you get to play with.’ So we just had a wonderful time.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Bridges opened up about his cancer diagnosis and bout with Covid.

Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane in ‘Iron Man’ (Marvel/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock)
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane in ‘Iron Man’ (Marvel/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock)

Find The Independent’s full interview with Bridges here.