'Iron Man 2' 'inspired by AC/DC

Director Jon Favreau has said the band influenced a key scene

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The director of the highly-anticipated Iron Man 2 has revealed how AC/DC's 'Shoot to Thrill' influenced a key scene in the film.

Jon Favreau has said he was inspired while watching the group perform live - and based the scene around the track.

He told the LA Times: "When I was watching AC/DC with my wife and my son and they were playing 'Shoot To Thrill' at the Forum, I thought, you know, this is how he [Tony Stark/Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.] should show up, right in the middle of this and take the armour off. That's the Tony Stark version of doing things."

He added: ""He's Iron Man, he's Tony Stark, he's going to go a million miles an hour. So what do you expect this film to be and how can we take it past those expectations?"

A special AC/DC album in support of Iron Man 2 was released this week, with several songs by the band slated to appear within the movie itself. The band will even make a cameo appearance.

Added Favreau of AC/DC: "What's fun about them is they were the full-on real deal of heavy metal when I was in high school. They were as real deal as it got. They made some people nervous — people questioned whether they were devil worshipers or not. And now these days they put on the same show ... and there's a sense of humor about the whole thing. And my kid loved the whole thing, and to me, there's an almost nostalgic thing about the whole show; there's even a strange gentleness to the music to me now, even though at the time it was as edgy as you get. It's celebrating immaturity and youth, really, at the worst."

Iron Man 2 is released in the UK next Friday (April 30).

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