With Iron Man 2 set to kick off the summer movie season on May 7 (and rule the box office with an iron fist), several of the movie’s key players — including stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, and director Jon Favreau — got together for a spirited and superpowered roundtable. Among the many behind-the-scenes revelations: Mickey Rourke, who plays Russian villain Ivan Vanko, insisted on having the Amy Winehouse song “Rehab” blasting during his character’s first big confrontation with Downey’s Tony Stark. “Mickey likes a little psychological warfare,” Downey says, laughing. “I always thought, Why is he coming at me with, ‘They tried to make me go to rehab’? I’m here with my Chinese herbs, sitting in the corner.” Here are a few more choice bits from the roundtable interview:
Johansson on first glimpsing her Black Widow costume: “What went through my head? I thought it looked tight. Incredibly, incredibly tight.”
Favreau on being the underdog superhero franchise: “We’re kind of the class clown. I like that better than being the captain of the football team. It was a godsend when The Dark Knight came out and however good we were reviewed, they were reviewed better; however much we made, they made more.”
Downey on further exploring his character’s demons: “The last time around, Tony Stark was a significantly cooler version of me. In a way, my calling in this one was to bring more of myself into it and more of my character defects.”
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