Rebecca Hall: ‘Iron Man 3’

NEW YORK – For an actress who admits her primary passion is theatre, Rebecca Hall is making waves as a film star. With her co-starring role in the upcoming IRON MAN 3, she is entering the kind of blockbuster territory that fans of her work in films like Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and Ben Affleck’s “The Town” might never have expected. Playing the part of biotech scientist Maya Hansen opposite Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark pushes her career to a new level, however.

“It’s a very different experience to work with visual effects and a huge technical apparatus,” Hall explains. “I’ve usually shot my films entirely on location and working on a massive studio set is a whole new world for me. It was the kind of project I wanted to try at least once in my life and it was an incredible experience. Robert Downey Jr. is a force of nature and a brilliant improvisationalist.”

Hall’s appearance in “Iron Man 3” comes on the heels of her highly-acclaimed performance in “Parade’s End,” the noted BBC-HBO mini-series that co-starred Benedikt Cumberpatch. British critics generally fawned over her role as the evil and manipulative Sylvia who torments Cumberpatch’s hard-pressed nobleman for much of the series’ five hours. This highbrow drama is more in keeping with her serious pedigree as the daughter of Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former director of the National Theater.

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