Earlier today I got to attend the Los Angeles press junket for director Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2. While some press junkets feature roundtable interviews with the cast, for today’s junket, Paramount gave the domestic press a 35 minute press conference with Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, director Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, screenwriter Justin Thoreaux and the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige.
As you might imagine when you get all these actors together, there was a lot of joking around and laughter. Since that doesn’t exactly translate well to the written page, after the jump you can either read the transcript or listen to the audio.
As we always do, if you’d like to listen to the audio from today’s press conference, click here. Iron Man 2 opens May 7.
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson enjoyed wearing her skin-tight superhero suit so much in Iron Man 2 that she wanted to keep it home.
The actress who plays undercover spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, in the comic book sequel, had to work out hard to fit into the costume but got so much pleasure from wearing it she didn’t ever want to take it off, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“One of the biggest motivators was when I first saw the Lycra catsuit. I was like, ‘If I gotta get into that thing, I better start now.’ The challenge was to get in the suit and believe it,” she said.
“I wish I could have kept it afterwards but unfortunately it’s the property of Marvel so, after I took it off for the final time, I said, ‘Ta-ta for now. I love you! Hopefully I’ll see you in the future!’,” she added.
The 25-year-old beauty took on a complex exercise regime and diet plan in order to squeeze into the skin-tight outfit but admitted it had been an “empowering experience”.
“I did a lot of weight training, mixed martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. When you’re working out that much you also have to feed your new body, so you eat in a different way, very clean, lots of omelette, turkey, stuff like that,” she said.
“It’s been an empowering experience which made me feel much stronger than I’ve ever felt before just because I built up so much strength,” she added.
Today Scarlett and all the cast of Iron Man 2 attended a photocall and press junket for the movie! As you may know there was going to be a premiere in London on April 26th but it’s been cancelled due to the ash cloud that’s been affecting the air traffic in Europe.
But well, at least we’ve got the whole cast all together doing promo, and hopefully we can see them together during this days before the US release of the movie. For now I’ve added lots of HQs in the gallery, enjoy!
– Public Events 2010 > Iron Man 2 LA Photocall
“I didn’t have any nicknames growing up, though I’ve heard that I’m called ScarJo, which I loathe. It sounds like a bad hip-hop name!.”
“You’re not going to find me at 4 a.m. hitting up the club, bottle full of bub…Maybe on a rare occasion. But I’ve just never been much of a clubby, nightlife kind of person…I’m not a social butterfly. I’ve never been part of a scandal that was really juicy.”
“I like cooking alone – I find it very therapeutic. I put on some music, maybe have a glass of wine, and make something like a turkey Bolognese or a nice frittata.”
Our girl graces this month’s InStyle Magazine cover to promote Iron Man 2! She looks super sweet, though some of us are not really feeling her curly hairdo, but she’s gorgeous anyway, and so fresh! Here you’ve got a sneak of the cover, if anyone can provide HQ scans please leave a comment and I will be contacting you!
Scarlett is the image of Mango for her fourth time, and what a beautiful summer campaign we have! 8 gorgeous images have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
- Other Projects: Modeling: Mango > 2010 Summer campaign
This is just a rumor, but it could possibly be a reality. I certainly hope so, I’d love to see her in this
Stanley Kubrick may be gone, but he’s not done making movies just yet. According to Production Weekly, two big stars — Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson, who will share the screen this summer in Iron Man 2 — are attached to a long-dusty Kubrick script that has been resurrected from his estate by his son-in-law, Philip Hobbs.
Hobbs found the single copy of the 80-page script treatment for Lunatic at Large — which was written for Kubrick in the late 1950’s by pulp author Jim Thompson — in 1999, and has been shopping it around ever since. The story is described as a dark mystery about an escaped axe-murderer. “When Stanley died, he left behind lots of paperwork,” Hobbs told the New York Times in 2006. “We ended up going through trunks of it, and one day we came across ‘Lunatic at Large.’ I knew what it was right away, because I remember Stanley talking about ‘Lunatic.’ He was always saying he wished he knew where it was, because it was such a great idea.”
The project has been in traction since 2006, when producer Edward R. Pressman became involved in the development of the project. This Production Weekly report marks the first time in two years that any movement has been seen. And while we don’t know many of the key details yet — there is no director attached — the news of Rockwell and Johansson being involved makes a bit of sense. This is about the time — in the lead up to Iron Man 2 — that they would be announcing new projects. And if they are to play Johnnie Sheppard and his attractive companion Joyce (respectively), as described below, we would likely be seeing such news in the near future. It’s an interesting project, but would surely hinge on a director — a dark period piece is one thing, and a Jim Thompson-penned work is something else entirely. Rockwell and Johansson are two very capable actors, but a director with a strong sense of visual style and a handle on narrative fluidity will be the key to the success of such a project. Until that happens, we remain interested but skeptical.
Source: Film School Rejects
Stumbled across this character poster of Scarlett and I’ve added it to the gallery. Not much longer until Iron Man 2 hits the theaters. Is everyone excited?
– Movies > Iron Man 2 > Posters & Covers
Five gorgeous new stills of Scarlett in Iron Man 2 and a behind the scenes picture have been released. Enjoy them in the gallery!
As the premiere date of Iron Man 2 gets closer and closer, we’re seeing more advertisement and promotion of the movie. At this weekend’s Kids Choice Awards, a new TV spot debuted – this one featuring Scarlett’s character in a few scenes. You can view the clip after the cut. Screencaptures will be added soon.