Forget 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?