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'Iron Man' secret revealed: Kate Mara explains Bedford joke
Although "House of Cards" star Kate Mara isn't in "Iron Man 3," she revealed to Newsday Westches ter the source of her "Iron Man 2" inside joke about her Westchester upbringing.
Just after the 10-minute mark of 2010's "Iron Man 2," Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) leaves his own Stark Expo with assistant Happy Hogan (director Jon Favreau) to discover Kate Mara's character, "Marshal," leaning against his convertible.
Happy Hogan: "Look what we got here: The new model."
Tony Stark: "Hey, does she come with the car?"
Happy Hogan: "Let's certainly hope so.
Tony Stark: "Hi."
Tony Stark: "And you are?"
Tony Stark: "Irish."
Marshal: "Pleased to meet you, Tony."
Tony Stark: "(Addressing Happy:) I'm on the wheel. Do you mind? (Addressing Marshal:) Where are you from?"
Tony Stark: "What are you doing here?"
Marshal: "Looking for you."
Tony Stark: "Yeah, you found me. What are you up to later?"
Marshal: "Serving subpoenas. (Hands Stark papers.)"
Tony Stark: "Yikes."
In case you didn't pick up on the more obvious joke, "Marshal" refers to U.S. Marshal. But the more subtle gag is the reference to Mara's actual home town of Bedford, making it a fantastic inside joke among those hailing from the Hudson Valley.
In Febuary, after I'd asked her all about her role on "House of Cards," I inquired about the source of that Bedford joke in "Iron Man 2" — and it wasn't screenwriter Justin Theroux.
"That was Downey," she told me, "because he had just said to me, 'Where are you from?' and I was like 'Bedford,' and he was like, 'Let's use that!'"
If that's an indicator of his improv skills, and with the return of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" imminent, I don't think anyone would object if Downey was a guest performer.
Can't get enough "Iron Man" goodness? Check out Kirthana Ramisetti's feature on "Iron Man 3" star James Badge Dale, and Newsday Westchester's photo gallery of "20 superhero connections to the Hudson Valley."