The good folks at Rolls-Royce were kind enough to invite us to the World Premier of Iron Man 2 in Hollywood.; Why?; Rolls has a product placement deal with the movie, and if you recall the first Iron Man, you’ll remember that Robert Downey, Jr.’s character Tony Stark has some nice wheels, with a Rolls among them.; Last night, around 6:30, we were standing on the Hollywood Blvd red carpet as if we were “someone,” awaiting the cast’s arrival.; The cast has expanded for the sequel, now including the ever cool Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, as well as talented and perennially smoking hot;Scarlett Johansson.; Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and most of the previous key players reprise their previous roles.;
There was an empty lane next to the red carpet, and I mistakenly assumed that this might be where limos and other forms of transport bring the stars in prior to them being assaulted by the entertainment shows and other assembled media.; No.; This extra lane was there for a single reason, and that was so that Downey could buzz the lineup in Tony Stark’s ride of choice,;the new Audi R8 Spyder V-10.;
The crowd really lit up as Downey and his wife made the right turn off a side street on to Hollywood Blvd, and buzzed to a stop just in front of the famous El Capitan Theater where the movie was showing.;
In spite of his many life setbacks, Downey is someone who his fans and all of Hollywood have always rooted for; he’s a solid actor when he’s sober.; He looks great, and seemed comfy in his skin.; Dressed in a sharp black suit and track shoes, he smiled, waved, signed autographs, and was gracious to anyone who approached him and during his media interview duties.;
The car wore California license plate “Stark 11” after the name of the main character, and wears the same plate in film, as Stark lives in a mythical Malibu mansion.;
If you enjoyed the first Iron Man, you’ll enjoy this one too.; There’s some good car play in there, and it’s fun watching tough guy Rourke scythe apart a Phantom during a slightly over the top Monaco Historic Grand Prix F1 race.; Besides the Audi, I’d happily take Stark’s Ford Flathead-powered rod.;
Photography by the author
Ironman 2 opens May 7.