Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau and more talk Tony Stark's return
By Geoff Berkshire, Metromix
In a summer season full of sequels, one movie stands out. "Iron Man 2," opening May 7, is the follow-up to 2008’s surprise mega-hit "Iron Man," which took a lesser known Marvel comics character and brought in nearly $600 million worldwide.
It also turned Robert Downey Jr. into a full-fledged movie star and put actor-turned-director Jon Favreau on Hollywood’s filmmaking A-list. Both men reprise their roles for the sequel and Gwyneth Paltrow is also back as Tony Stark’s loyal assistant, Pepper Potts. They’re joined by Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Don Cheadle (who takes over for the first film’s Terrence Howard).
The entire crew (except Rockwell, tied up with a play) was on hand at a recent Los Angeles press conference to discuss the film’s production. The following are highlights of that conversation.