The movie Iron Man 2 is set to be an even bigger affair than the last one, and Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr were all answering eager journo's questions at the official press conference last night in LA.
Nova's roving LA reporter Sal Morgan dishes what they had to say about the highly anticipated movie:
Q: Both of your characters are suave and smart in this film. You’re not just sex symbols. Can you talk about that?
Johansson: Well, I’ve never really seen this kind of film, a film of this genre where the female characters' sex appeal came second. I mean of course they’re sexy characters and you have a sexy secretary or a girl swinging around by her ankles in a cat suit, that’s innately sexy. But the fact is that these characters are intelligent, are ambitious, motivated and calculated to some degree.
I’ve never been a huge fan of this genre really and I think that’s because it was always sort of one note and very kind of explosive. I think because Gwyneth and I are able to be the brains behind the operation in some aspect there’s kind of a happy medium there that adds to the charm and charisma of the finished product.
Paltrow: I agree with Scarlett. I think it’s a very smart decision actually to have women who are capable and intelligent because it appeals to women. So it’s not only a film for fifteen year old boys. It’s a film that can relate to a lot of people on a lot of levels and a lot of my girlfriends like it because of the romance. Scarlett in the trailer, it’s appealing, like, ‘Who is she?’ It doesn’t look gratuitous. It looks like there are interesting women in the movie and certainly from the first one, too, my character is quick and she’s articulate and I think that makes it so that when you take your kid, if you’re a mom, it’s really fun for you to watch as well. It's nice to see women who are aspirational, smart and sexy all at the same time.
ROBERT DOWNEY JNR
Q: Robert, from the first movie to the second movie you’re working with a lot of new characters and new actors. How was the dynamic different this time from that first film?
Downey: It was great because these are all folks that I’d be happy to work with in any circumstance and in any medium. So it was just swell... I felt a little bit like a co-manager of a baseball team that just got an even better lineup in the spring. Q: Can you talk about the mental and emotional aspects of your character - and how you related to him – how personal was it to you?
I think we just labored really hard to say, OK we’re audience members who made the first “Iron Man” successful... which is kind of why we were drawn to it and so what do we expect?’ So we kept putting ourselves in the audience’s seat. For me, the mental and emotional development and aspects of Tony, to me they were a lot more personal. It’s not necessarily relating to my life, so to speak, but just the mythology of saying you’re something and being that thing is entirely different.