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Iron Man 2 Movie

Iron Man 2 Up Close: Gwyneth Paltrow

Pepper Potts prepares to step back into the danger zone as Tony Stark's assistant...and maybe more

Mere days remain before "Iron Man 2" hits the big screen for all to see, and here at Marvel.com we're dedicated to getting you so close to the action you'll feel like you're decked out in your own suit of armor! Our series of "'Iron Man 2' Up Close'" articles will get you in the heads of the key folks working to bring you this blockbuster-today we've got Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau tomorrow, and finally Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle on Friday! Enjoy!


By Zack Zeigler

In reprising her role as Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 2," Gwyneth Paltrow found more demands in terms of plot and also onscreen with leading man Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man).

"The secret weapon of the franchise is the chemistry between Robert and Gwyneth," revealed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the film's production notes. "When you give the script pages to them and they start rehearsing, you sort of tuck the pages away and just watch what they start doing. It's so honest and real."

We know the connection between Potts and Stark, her boss, is anything but strictly business, but the boundaries of their relationship were not clearly defined by the time credits rolled in "Iron Man."  

"The charged dynamic between them works and that's what we wanted to continue," said Feige. "At the end of the first film, Tony starts to reference

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
that night they almost kissed and Pepper says... 'Let's not talk about it.' They still haven't talked about it six months later, but it's influenced their interactions with one another."

Paltrow added, "she tries not to be reactive and steer [Stark] in the right direction. She's really like the great woman behind the man."

One aspect of the sequel's story will see their evolving relationship  get put to the test with the addition of Natalie Rushman (Black Widow), played by Scarlett Johansson.

"It's great to have another female character in the film because it adds a whole other layer in terms of Tony and Pepper," noted Paltrow. "It makes it really fun to play and we're very fortunate to have Scarlett in the film because she's a really great actress."

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