Scarlett Johansson Calls Her Iron Man 2 Role "A Total Dream Come True"
12.01.09 by BJSprecher
The stars seem to have aligned for actor Ryan Reynolds and actress Scarlett Johansson. The Hollywood power couple recently celebrated their one-year anniversary and they are both preparing to star as superheroes in three big-budget genre films: Reynolds in Deadpool and Green Lantern; Johansson in Iron Man 2.
Only days ago, Reynolds called 2009 the "most unbelievable year" of his life. In the November/December issue of WebMD magazine, Johansson said that landing the role of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 was "a total dream come true."
I was such a fan of the first movie. It's just super action packed, and I'm so geeked about about it. Jon Favreau, the director, is also super geeked out about it, so we're in it together.
Though Johansson previously starred in
The Island, another visual effects–driven action movie, she said that performing in front of green screens while suspended in wire rigging was a learning experience for her.
It was a whole new world for me, but I built a lot of strength, that's for sure. Working on the wires and being suspended in the air, you throw one wrong kick or punch and, yeah, you're out of whack. But once you're working with the stunt crew and they're going through the craziest stuff, you feel bad about complaining that your knee has been blue for three months. The guys doing the stunts in those Iron Man suits, they can't move in it and can't take it off. I'd say, "Have you peed today?" and they're like, "No, we can't move, we can't take it off, we can't drink water."
When not acting or promoting her new album, Break Up, Johansson uses her fame to help raise awareness of various charities she supports, including Oxfam, (RED) and USA Harvest.
If you already have the spotlight shining on you, it's great to direct that towards a cause you believe in and that you can stand behind. It's nice to be a voice for people who don't have a voice.