Hall H is packed to capacity as everyone crams into this gigantic room in anticipation of one of the biggest panels of this year's Comic-Con: the Iron Man 2 panel. The host from Access Hollywood gets booed down by the audience, but he deflects the huge hatred cast upon him by bringing out one of the producers of the film...And then Jon Favreau walks onstage. The crowd is on its feet, cheering.
"It all started here. No one cared before you guys did," Favreau says. And then he gives us a quick clip of some behind-the-scenes footage, which the crowd loves. When the lights come up, Robert Downey, Jr. is onstage, and he says of the footage, "What is that unadulterated garbage?" Favreau insists they just wrapped a week ago and they don't have any other footage better than that.
The audience, at Downey's insistence, sings happy birthday to Favreau's 8-year-old son Max. This panel is madness.
What shows next is a reel of footage that is best described as impressive, though that word falls very short of what plays onscreen. We see War Machine, we see Justin Hammer, and we see Whiplash -- and best of all, we see Tony Stark in a Congressional hearing call Gary Shandling (as a senator) an ass clown. Shandling responds, "F*** you, buddy."
When the lights come up again Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Don Cheadle are introduced by Favreau. The crowd is very into it.
"I've never worked on a movie with this kind of scope, these kind of effects," Cheadle says, adding that he relied on Downey and Favreau to get him through the shoot.
Unfortunately, Mickey Rourke and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't make the panel.
Of the Warmachine costume, Cheadle says, "It's heaven."
About her audition, Johansson says she didn't have a formal audition and jokes that for the audition she did some "deep knee bends," and then says, "That came out the wrong way."
Favreau says before she even got the part she died her hair red. "Boy, she worked her tail off with the stunt guys," Favreau says, and also says that most of her stunts are performed by her.
Favreau had said that Iron Man 2 was good preparation for the Avengers movie, and in response to a question about whether he'll direct the Avengers movie he says, "I'll be involved in some capacity, but Kevin (producer) hasn't really discussed it yet."
"I really don't know what to say. I thought I was eccentric," Downey said of Rourke in response to what it's like working with him.
Apparently Rourke had some difficulty mastering his Russian accent. After informing Rourke that his character spent time in a Russian prison, Favreau says, the next thing he heard, "He was in a Russian prison." Apparently 9 1/2 Weeks is big in Russia so Rourke is a "sex God" in that country.
Favreau talks about how Stark has to maintain his identity and relationships with the people around him.
"It was mixed marital arts training," Johansson says of her stunt training. "It was really just putting in the time."
Cheadle notes that he didn't actually get to see the footage that played at the beginning of the panel so it's played again. He's asked how much his performance was inspired by Terrence Howard's, to which he says, "I just try to make it my own. But of course being the vampire I am I tried to siphon everything from his performance too."
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