Your tip

Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 2: This Time, It's "Personal"

Apr. 30 2010, Published 2:47 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

In Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. is back as the enigmatic Tony Stark, who splits his time between between being a hyper-active inventor and a bad-ass superhero. In the first installment of the Iron Man franchise, Stark/Iron Man escaped the clutches of evil, and wins over the American public after saving the world. Now, as he returns for the sequel, Stark has some demons to deal with, not to mention many more stunts for a middle-aged guy who’s having some health issues.

Article continues below advertisement

Iron Man 2

“Physically, I feel like Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke actually had a heavier load this time,” Downey Jr. told RadarOnline at a recent press event.

“He made them do all his stunts in CGI,” Gwyneth Paltrow joked. “Like, ‘F--k it! CGI!’” Paltrow is also back for Iron Man 2, reprising her role as Stark’s trusty assistant, Pepper Potts.

Sneak Peek Iron Man 2 Parody

Still, while Tony Stark isn’t doing as much baddie-fighting in the new film as in the previous one, he does have a big internal battle to contend with, from dealing with his past to trying to tell Pepper his true feelings. “For me, the mental and emotional aspects and development of Tony were a lot more -- it’s strange to say personal,” Downey Jr. told Radar.

Exclusive Video Interview: Iron Man Stars Show They Have Heart

Article continues below advertisement

“They weren’t necessarily relating to my life, so to speak, but just the mythology of saying you’re something and being that thing are entirely different,” he said. “Also this whole idea of Tony’s father Howard Stark and the legacy and the shadow of that legacy is something that we’re always talking about, me and Mickey Rourke, who plays Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, of being two sides of the same coin, one who was able to escape that captivity, and one who saw his father die in the ruins of improper recognition, and having to reckon with that.

Iron Man 2
Article continues below advertisement

New DVD Releases

“So really, all of the characters are bringing me back to an extended family I’ve always had, and Mickey as Ivan, is telling me that all is not well, and people have vendettas for reasons that I might not understand, but I need to understand,” Downey Jr. continued. “And Rhodey is there saying, ‘Hey, you’ve always had me on your wing, so why won’t you let me really help you.’”

Movie Review: Kick Ass

Article continues below advertisement

As Tony/Iron Man wades through his personal baggage, Pepper’s left to run her boss’s company and temper the PR fallout from Tony’s increasingly wild antics. “Pepper tries to hold it all together, she tries not to be reactive, she tries to steer Tony in the right direction,” Paltrow said. “She’s really the great woman behind the man.”

Gwyn & Scar White Hot At Ion Man 2 Premiere

Just as Paltrow was commenting on her character, a gigantic Iron Man poster fell off its hangers behind the actress. Downey Jr. leapt to try to pick it up, but instead wrapped himself with it while laughter erupted from the assembled press.

“Without Pepper, this is what you get!,” Paltrow said. “Male bulls--t, bumbling around, can’t even hang a poster!”



Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 RADAR ONLINE™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. RADAR ONLINE is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.