New Iron Man 2 Cast Interviews
04.28.10 by BJSprecher
The red carpet premiere of Paramount and Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated sequel to Iron Man was held in Los Angeles on Monday and the stars turned out looking their best. To coincide with the premiere, Paramount has released a series of video interviews with several of the cast members, including title star Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and newcomers Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle.
In his interview session, Downey, Jr. discussed working with director Jon Favreau and his Iron Man 2 co-stars, and how the original Iron Man changed his life.
I remember Jon Favreau and I were going, driving around to theaters and they kept rolling over Iron Man into other theaters kind of like watching the train schedule change and it was just so palpable, you know. But, I guess people reacted as much to me as the character and Gwyneth and the whole idea was there was just a tone to the movie that people enjoyed.
Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark's (Downey, Jr.) assistant and love interest, or as Paltrow describes her, his "long suffering Girl Friday." Paltrow said that she felt "so lucky" to be a part of an ensemble cast with so many talented actors and to have a director that appreciated her input.
The second time around—the good thing about doing a film again is that you can refine things. You know you're character better and you sort of know where they want to go more. And, it's nice. Jon Favreau is very collaborative. We improvised almost all of our scenes, the actual dialogue. And, you know, he sort of would say to me, 'You know Pepper. You tell me what's right here, because you know Pepper.' And, it was nice to be included in the process.
Johansson discussed the preparation that went into portraying her character, Natalie Rushman, aka Natash Romanov, aka the Black Widow, and how the process was more in depth than she had expected for a comic book movie.
When I first met with Jon, he really encouraged the duality and the mystery and the intrigue behind this character. You know, we spent weeks and weeks rehearsing and discussing our characters' motivation and development and ambition. And, you know, and you think, 'Are we really doing this on something called Iron Man 2?' How is it possible that it feels like we're making this small, intimate production out of something that has this huge expectation and following behind it?
Stepping into the role of James "Rhodey" Rhodes that Terrence Howard played in the first movie, Cheadle said that he approached playing the character by analyzing his relationship with his best friend, Tony Stark.
Well, I think the relationship between these two men is very interesting because, for Rhodey anyway, the question is, 'How do I protect my friend, but at the same time do my due diligence with regard to service for my country?' 'How do I deal with this person who could lay waste to an army?' And, 'How do I make my superiors comfortable, but at the same time, you know, let my friend know that I've got his back?' So, that was the kind of duality that I was straddling.
Iron Man 2 also stars Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell and Samuel L. Jackson.