Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer Smashes In
'Do you bleed?'
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
12 November 2014
New Mortdecai Trailer Wanders Online
For queen, country, travel and living expenses and a reasonable overhead
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Mortdecai (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Thanks For Sharing (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Contagion (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Iron Man Premiere Report
Downey Jr touches down on the red carpet

24 April 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  

submit to reddit

There was a flight simulator in one corner, a life-size statue in the other, fans dressed up as their favourite superhero and stars a-glittering on the red carpet – ladies and gentlemen, the first blockbuster of the summer has arrived.

The UK premiere of Iron Man, Marvel’s first blockbuster assault of the year, drew the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jon Favreau to London’s Leicester Square for a night of flesh-pressing and, in one hilarious moment, Oliver Twist pushing (the sight of a bunch of young musical star wannabes from the BBC’s I’ll Do Anything being forced to scatter as Paltrow posed for the photographers was the undoubted highlight of the night).


“It’s great to be here, it’s very exciting to see everyone turn up and it’s nice to be in a place that I call home,” said Paltrow before laying praise at the feet of her co-star Downey Jr. “He’s probably the best actor I’ve ever met. I’ve always wanted to work with him, he’s great.”

“Well, I never had it so good,” said Downey himself, the physical manifestation of comicdom’s genius inventor Tony Stark. “It’s a remarkably civilised crowd.”

So what was it that spurred him to take on a superhero role?

“This might seem ironic, so to speak, but this was a big challenge for me. It’s a genre that’s so hard to get right and when it does, it can be quite an amazing thing.”

Any thoughts on the inevitable sequel?

“I really would like to do another one, but right now I just want to finish up this tour and get back home and get back to basics with my family,” he said.
 
As for Terrence Howard (and this was grabbed as he strolled by, so forgive the succinctness of his answer), what are the chances of him donning the metal suit to play Iron Man’s sometime fighting partner War Machine?

“Yeah man, definitely,” he said.

So there you have it, short but sweet but definitely boding well for old Shellhead’s second big screen outing.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Eli Roth Says No To Violence
Gore hound going PG-13 for next film
New Hancock Sneak Peek
More footage from Will Smith's next

Your Comments

gwyn
hubba hubba hubba. More

Posted by Marv at 15:44 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

i'll be there on opening day for Downey Jr alone, that man is a GOD! More

Posted by Hughezy at 14:20 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

Mrs Martin what a hottie More

Posted by filmburner30 at 12:57 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

Shoes
Hmmm, interesting shoes RDJ, How fine is Gwyneth Paltrow, Grrowl!!  Damned Olivers sneaking in, bet they were doing some pick pocket practice for old Fagin Webber. More

Posted by kinge247 at 11:39 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

Re: Hitchcock
Genius! After 'Man in Cowboy Hat' in Psycho, what do we call this cameo? 'Man stalking Favreau'? More

Posted by ashescartman at 09:51 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hitchcock
hahaha! gsharpe, you made my day More

Posted by distortEd at 08:14 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

ALFRED HITCHCOCK!
Behind Jon Favreau in that last picture! Look!! More

Posted by gsharpe at 00:50 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

Its kinda freaking me out that Downey Jr is looking more than a little like a certain Mr Matthew Fox. And yet I'm still attracted to him! Like foxy without the jears! More

Posted by Guinevere at 23:25 on 24 April 2008 | Report This Post

woops
I said waith instead of wait More

Posted by SolarDave at 23:24 on 24 April 2008 | Report This Post

Nice
Looks like a good premiere. Wish I could go to one of those. Can't waith for the film. A personal must see. More

Posted by SolarDave at 23:24 on 24 April 2008 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)