Article by Jenny Peters.
Los Angeles – A bevy of beauties hit the glittery red-carpet premiere of “Iron Man 2” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, April 26, and they weren’t even the much-anticipated film’s female leads. No, these were dancing girls, decked out in skimpy red bikinis and knee-high red boots. In a twist from the normal red-carpet walk, the girls danced on a curtained stage, then director Jon Favreau announced the star-studded cast one by one, with the fans’ screams hitting a crescendo as each appeared from behind the curtain.
Gwyneth Paltrow led the dazzling parade of actresses that make “Iron Man 2” much more than just a Marvel comic-book flick. Scarlett Johansson, Leslie Bibb, Anya Monzikova, Olivia Munn, and Helena Mattsson rounded out the female eye candy that populates this sequel all about Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man.
At an earlier press conference for the film, Paltrow explained exactly why the women in “Iron Man 2” are so special.
“It’s a very smart decision actually to have women who are capable and intelligent in the film, because it appeals to women. So it’s not only a film for 15-year-old boys,” she explained. “It’s a film that can relate to a lot of people on a lot of levels and a lot of my girlfriends like it because of the romance.”
Paltrow’s character is in a romance with the movie’s hero Tony Stark, who is played by Robert Downey Jr. He told reporters that he is certainly happier being the star of a huge movie franchise rather than a drug-addicted criminal, which he once was. Downey, who spent more than a year in jail because of his actions while under the influence, laughed and said, “I’m in a great spot. I think I’m fortunate too because I’ve kind of had two or three or seven lives with different perceptions of me and my status or whatever. It’s just been a really nice time right now.”
Downey’s male “Iron Man 2” co-stars seemed to be having a nice time at the premiere, too. Samuel L. Jackson happily greeted Don Cheadle, while Mickey Rourke, Garry Shandling, Sam Rockwell, and Clark Gregg gathered for a giant cast picture in front of a statue of the action hero.
Lots of other famous faces turned out for the premiere, including Sylvester Stallone, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Grey, Dane Cook and Hugh Hefner, the man-of-the-moment as he had earlier in the day kicked in the $900,000 needed to save the iconic Hollywood sign perched in the hills just above the theater.
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