“Iron Man 3” is currently taking box offices worldwide by storm, and at the centre of the super-hero saga is Gwyneth Paltrow, who returns for this third film as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) assistant-turned-girlfriend, Pepper Potts, a role she first played in the first movie back in 2008, and in three films since.
The latest instalment sees her character come from out of Stark’s shadow and given a fairly physical sub-plot of her own, helping Iron Man in his battle against the evil Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley). “It was great” she enthuses. “Part of the fun of doing these films was that Pepper keeps evolving, it was really fun.”
Incredibly, despite being in three “Iron Man” films and the blockbuster 2012 film “Avengers Assemble”, she confesses to not ever being a very big fan of comic books. “I had never even heard of ‘Iron Man’ before (the first film’s director) Jon Favreau called me, I didn’t grow up reading comic books at all” she says, with a hint of embarrassment. “With the first movie I was really flying blind- there was no script, I’d never read any of the comic books, Jon and Robert talked me into doing it, and it’s led to this great journey playing Pepper!”
Finally, she is of course a proud Mum to two children by her husband, musician Chris Martin, so did her offspring approve of her new adventure? “Yes! We all saw it last night together with my kids’ friends and everyone loved it- including myself!” she says, smiling. “I was really surprised because, normally on set, I find it difficult to follow the plot of these films on paper- who’s getting shot off of what and who’s that character- it can be confusing, but the movie played so well that it was really enjoyable to watch.”
What Did James Think?
The first film was superb, the second long and bloated, the third? Possibly the worst of the bunch! Saturating the story in silly humour, “Iron Man 3” feels more like a comedy than a superhero film, as Robert Downey Jr and co. throw out the one liners but forget to add an interesting story or character development, personified in the frankly awful villain that is Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin. Not unwatchable but a huge disappointment and a film that feels very out of place following last year’s “Avengers Assemble”.
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