French TV station Canal have posted an extended 7 minute behind the scenes look at Iron Man 2. The video starts off in French but the interview with director Jon Favreau is in English; you’ll here him talk about Stark’s home made particle accelerator. There’s also an interview with Robert Downey Jr., talking about the challenges of filming a sequel. An insightful look at the Iron Man sequel and definitely worth the watch.
Extended behind the scenes Iron Man 2 video October 18th, 2009
Don Cheadle talks Rhodey and War Machine October 11th, 2009
The sixth video from Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive Iron Man 2 set visit is now up. This time Don Cheadle talks about his roles in the sequel, namely as Rhodey and the already infamous War Machine. Video after the break…
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Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow Iron Man 2 interview videos October 11th, 2009
ET keep pimping their Iron Man 2 exclusives, and why shouldn’t they? Next up are two video interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow and newcomer Scarlett Johansson. Again, videos embedded after the break because of the awful player.
Iron Man 2 footage description from Comic Con, War Machine seen July 28th, 2009
Jon Favreau premiered the first Iron Man 2 footage at this years Comic Con. Many descriptions have appeared online, I’ve included two in-depth descriptions in the full post and summarized below.
- The footage opens in the giant donut and a conversation between Tony Stark and Nick Fury — Stark doesn’t want to join the team.
– It then cuts to a courtroom scene that sees the government attempting to strip Stark of his Iron Man suit
– Rhodey enters to testify against Stark.
– Whiplash is out to get Tony as revenge for the Stark families’ atrocities, explained by a voiceover whilst Rourke constructs a suit of his own.
– There’s a quick shot of Black Widow in action and then Whiplash flicking his two great electro-whips.
– Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is now seen, talking about Iron Man suit modifications “firepower” — retrofitting guns and armor. Rhodey says he’ll take it.
– Then there’s a quick shot of the complete War Machine suit.
Mickey Rourke learns some Russian for Iron Man 2 June 8th, 2009
Speaking with The Guardian, Rourke mentions how he learned a little Russian for his role:
And Iron Man 2, in which he plays Tony Stark’s tattooed Russian nemesis, Ivan, is possibly the biggest movie yet in Rourke’s new career. For Rourke this means going to Russia, drinking vodka and visiting jails to study prison tattoos and find his character’s tics. “I decided to do half my role in Russian,” he beams, “and that’s hard because the Russian language doesn’t roll off the English-speaking tongue very easily. I spent three hours a day with a teacher, and after two weeks I know four sentences! Let me see, it’s sort of like… ‘Yezzamee menya… Yezzamee manya obott… Er, nemaboootty menya…’”
This goes on for quite some time. “It means,” he says, finally, “If someone kills me, don’t wake me up, because I’d rather be dead than live in your world.”
But the land of blockbuster movies is not somewhere Rourke plans to stay long. “I’m not gonna rush out and see the next Batman, I’m not big on formula movies. I don’t like all that Spider-Man shit.”
Jon Favreau on Jimmy Fallon June 2nd, 2009
As announced via Twitter, Jon Favreau appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show last night. Favreau was at “Hammer Industries”, a rival firm to Tony Stark’s — Sam Rockwell plays Justin Hammer. Not a lot of news, he ‘can’t say much’, but it’s quite a fun video:
Mickey Rourke on Whiplash suit, Favreau on Stark June 2nd, 2009
Empire recently spoke with Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke about Iron Man 2. Favreau gave some background to the Tony Stark character in the sequel before giving cryptic clues when quizzed on ‘Rhodesy’ and War Machine.
“Tony’s expected to be a role model and I don’t think he’s ready to be one. He’s under a great deal of pressure and when you’re under pressure, I think you find outlets for that. That’s one of the tensions of the film: it’s one thing to say you’re Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man.”
“Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film. Let me put it this way: Tony’s not the only person with technology in the film.”
Meanwhile, Mickey Rourke comments on his Whiplash suit (we’ve already seen a possible concept piece for this)
“I’m having the time of my life! […] It’s been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It’s sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison.”
RDJ offers up some Iron Man 2 goodies April 20th, 2009
Robert Downey Jr. says that he is taking Iron Man 2, his first ever sequel, more seriously that any film previous (which is “appropriately ridiculous”). The movie itself shall be more artistic and daring compared to other films in the same genre whilst the Iron Man suit will be better fitted and more ergonomic. The opening day’s filming (with Garry Shandling) was a Senate hearing wherein the unnamed Senator, played by Shandling, wishes that the Iron Man technology be turned over to the government.
Excerpts from Collider’s interview:
Remember when filming began and word leaked that Gary Shandling was in the film and no one was really sure what part he played? Robert told us about the first day of filming and how Gary plays a Senator:
Robert: Day one I’m doing a Senate hearing where the government is saying the Iron Man tech needs to be turned over to the Senator and the Senator is Gary Shandling. And we had this fantastic day that was somehow this controlled chaos of a Senate hearing where I keep interrupting them and dah dah dah.
Another bit that Robert told us was how he is taking “Iron Man 2” more seriously than any movie he has ever done:
Robert: And I’ve never been in a sequel and it’s very daunting because I feel the expectation of the millions of people who watched it and enjoyed it and told me that it was a little different than your usual genre picture and that they expected us to not screw it up. So I actually have taken “Iron Man 2” probably more seriously than any movie I’ve ever done, which is appropriately ridiculous for Hollywood.
On Jon Favreau posting Twitter updates from the set:
Jon is my brother and he is the keeper of the “Iron Man” flame and whatever he wants to do, within reason, to keep his anxieties at bay is absolutely fine with me.
On the way the suit has been improved from the first film:
Everything has been improved. Everything is ergonomic and the story is incredibly risky and artistic for a big genre movie.
In which way risky?
The set pieces have to do with things that aren’t your typical like bad guy conflict. The relationships are very complex and hilarious. The motivations Tony has and why he turns around and does things has completely to do with his own internal processes and it really is, I think, as much as we tried to in the first one really see behind the façade of this kind of storytelling. We really, I think, leaving ourselves open to…we’re kind of trying to tell a story about how a dysfunctional family saves life on Earth as we know it.
For this film you have Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell. You have an insane cast.
Could you talk about working with Mickey?
I could if we shot together. I’ve seen his stuff and it is literally remarkable. Literally remarkable. He’s so good. And he’s formidable and he’s very much reminding me of that kind of charming, confident guy that we know. Sam Rockwell, on the first day of shooting I was like “if this guy thinks he’s going to be funnier and cooler than me (laughter) and it was a photo-finish. Scarlett Johansson, amazing. Don Cheadle is just rocking it.