Ghostface axed from 'Iron Man'? How could they!

Ghostfacekillah_lForget Robert Downey Jr. Never mind that admittedly awesome trailer. The real reason I was looking forward to seeing Iron Man this weekend was, of course, Ghostface Killah’s reported cameo. But word got out this week that the Wu-Tang rapper’s character doesn’t show up in the final cut.

Aw, man! Why’d they do Ghost like that? Seeing him and RDJ share "an exchange about lending each other yachts and Bentleys" whilst partying in Dubai would have meant so much to us fans. And Ghost really deserved this. By naming his first album Ironman and obsessively referring to himself as "Tony Starks" in song for the following decade, he singlehandedly made a second-string Marvel character cool again. (To a generation of kids who don’t know from Sabbath, that is.)

And now, after a career’s worth of pro bono product-placement work, Ghost gets bupkis. That SOHH story linked above says that director Jon Favreau made it up to him by commissioning an original Iron Man-themed rap song for the movie — which I guess could help salve the pain caused by his on-screen absence a little bit. In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with "We Made It" (below; lotsa NSFW language), a vintage Starks performance featuring what appears to be sampled dialogue from an old Iron Man cartoon. Anyone else wondering what a rapper’s gotta do to score a cameo in a superhero movie?

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  • wordgirl

    i knew i could count on you for coverage, simon! i was hoping to see ghost in the movie b/c of his alter ego. what a disappointment.

  • Ceballos

    Maybe (hopefully) on the DVD?
    It’s a shame, but it doesn’t really seem like a major loss (especially if I can watch his scene on a DVD eventually). I kinda like that Iron Man is only a little more than two hours long, so, while it might’ve been cool, I can’t cry for the loss of a scene that didn’t seem crucial to the plot.

  • nathan

    Tragic.

  • J.

    I don’t need celebrities or their alter-egos mucking up my super-hero movies by making cameos. Don’t really care if he made and Ironman song either.

  • Dan

    uh, who is Ghostface?

  • pfft

    good, didn’t know him and now that I listened to 15 seconds of his song I am glad he isnt in the movie.

  • haruto uzimaki

    it’s stark, fool, not starks.

  • Me

    Thank god! Listened through first 30 seconds of the song and I am glad he was axed out. At least someone still has some sense of taste.

  • Jack

    I like Wu, I like Ghostface, but I don’t give a phuck.

  • Anonymous

    Really…who watches a movie just for a cameo character?

  • Karl

    Check out my beava!

  • Jay

    What kind of marvel character is Ghostface I asked. Oh, he’s not. Then, why is this news. Oh, it’s entertainment, aka, crap.

  • ceej

    >>Anyone else wondering what a rapper’s gotta do to score a cameo in a superhero movie?<<
    How about create a layered, viable, compelling, and successful comic book CHARACTER first, rather than settle for wack cameos and piddly promo tie-ins, hmm?

  • T-Rex

    “Anyone else wondering what a rapper’s gotta do to score a cameo in a superhero movie?” Take out Will Smith?

  • chris

    “Anyone else wondering what a rapper’s gotta do to score a cameo in a superhero movie?”
    Yeah, be white.

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