Gwyneth Paltrow on 'Iron Man 3' injuries, sassier Pepper: 5 questions
Gwyneth Paltrow says she got a "little banged up" while filming "Iron Man 3" but was not hurt seriously and maintains a cheerful attitude, especially since she got to play a sassier, more empowered Pepper Potts.
The 40-year-old Oscar winner reprises her role as the love interest of the superhero's alter ego Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. Ty Simpkins, 11, plays Harley, Stark's new sidekick.
Check out 5 things OTRC.com correspondent George Pennacchio of parent company KABC Television discussed with Gwyneth Paltow ahead of the May 3 release of "Iron Man 3."
1. Is it my imagination or is Pepper a little bit more sassy and aggressive this time?.
"Pepper definitely sort of comes into herself a little bit more. In her first scene, you see her really in action as CEO. I think she's really impressive. You see her in her relationship with Tony - it's now very equal, they're living together, and then, of course, she gets all this fun action. So she really gets sassy in this one, yeah, you're right."
2. When you see this stuff on paper, my gosh, I mean, I don't know how you can visualize what's going to happen, even if they tell you.
"I can't. I am so lost, honestly. I could not follow the script and I could not understand the plot. For some reason, it's very difficult with who's where and what chemical is being injected- and I just couldn't ... Honestly, when I saw the movie, at the end I was like, 'Oh my God, we're on an oil rig? That's so cool.' Like, I had no idea. I can't, I couldn't, I had no idea what was happening."
"When I watched it, I completely understood and I thought it was brilliant and made perfect sense."
3. Yyou've done a lot of work that is for an older audience, and now you've got these movies that 10, 11, 12-year-olds can't wait to see. What has the response been from these younger fans? Maybe it's 'cause you're a mom, you already dig that kind of love.
"I mean, it's great. I think having a 7 and 8-year-old, who I took to see the movie the other day, with all their friends -- they were like, they said it was the best movie they ever saw. I think it's great, too, that Pepper kind of kicks some butt in the movie. For little girls, to see a woman wearing a suit and being empowered in that way, I think it's really thrilling for them. They love to see that."
4. You've found love and empowerment outside of show business lately. You've been venturing into all different things. Should we expect you to continue trying new things like this?
(Paltrow, who shares two children with husband and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, is also a cookbook author and has popular health and wellness newsletter and website, Goop.)
"No, that's it. I got my books, my website. I'm good, good. I'm so busy."
5. When it comes to the action, I noticed there are no credits and then the show begins and then at the end, the credits start rolling and there are like 3,000 people involved in making this movie, including a lot of medics.
"Yes, there were some medics needed on this movie. Luckily, not ... well, yeah, there were some accidents. Some people went down. Robert Downey Jr. went down hard. I think I was OK, though. I don't think I .. I feel like I got cut and had the medic [help me], a couple of times, but nothing severe."
"You do kind of get a little banged up, rolling around. Even though broken glass on a movie set is fake glass, it's still, like, broken something with sharp edges, so yeah, we got a little banged up. But it was fun -- it was like all for a good cause."Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).