DJ AM Will Hit the Big Screen From Beyond the Grave in 'Iron Man 2'
You haven't seen the last of DJ AM yet. AM (born Adam Goldstein)—who died of a drug overdose last August after surviving a horrific plane crash earlier in late 2008—will be making a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2, which hits theaters on May 7.
In the scene, the celebrity DJ spins at billionaire Tony Stark's birthday party at his Malibu mansion, where the industrialist, played by Robert Downey Jr., gets a little tipsy and busts out some moves to Tupac Skakur's "California Love." Later, as the evening progresses and a fight breaks out, Stark turns to the deejay and declares, "Adam, I need a fat beat."
According to Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, who was distraught by Goldstein's death, the decision to leave the scene in the movie was difficult, but he feels it will be worth it for those who appreciated Goldstein's talents:
"We tried to make it respectful, and for people who know him, they'll get a kick out of it, and for people who don't, it will sort of slide by without much notice."
During his time on the set, Goldstein also had an impact on Downey, who attended his memorial service at the Hollywood Palladium in September. According to Favreau,
"It was supposed to be a one-day bit. But Robert took a real shine to him, as we all did. His energy was amazing, he was such a inspiring guy and there was a lot of depth to him and this positive energy. He ended up staying on with us for about a week and it was just great; we set up this turntable and between takes he would give me pointers."
In addition to the cameo, the film will also be dedicated to Goldstein.