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Don Cheadle doesn't mind having a few 'battle scars' from film stunts

Don Cheadle doesn't mind having a few 'battle scars' from film stunts

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Don Cheadle doesn't mind having a few 'battle scars' from film stunts

Don Cheadle has revealed he loved being able to do his own stunts in Iron Man 3.

The actor who plays Iron Patriot in the Marvel blockbuster, said the crew were nervous about him taking on stunts after Robert Downey Jr (who plays Tony Stark) got injured, but that he felt confident.

Crash star Don said: "This is what I wanted to do before I became an actor, I wanted to be a stuntman, but then I got smart."

His Iron Man 3 co-star Robert Downey Jr had injured his ankle on set while filming a stunt and Don said: "Everyone was very nervous because of what had just happened but I convinced them pretty early on that I was capable of doing it."

Don, 48, also said he feels proud of any injuries he does pick up while filming stunts.

He said: "After eight or nine takes dropping from a cable onto my shoulder I started to feel it.

"But it feels good in a way like in a football game where you feel like these are your battle scars.

"At 48, you don't want that many battle scars, but it's nice to get some."

Don returns to his iron-suited crime-fighting role in Iron Man 3, although this time his character changes name from War Machine to Iron Patriot and gets a red, white and blue painted suit to match his rebrand.

Iron Man 3 comes out on April 25.

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