Quick Q&A: 'Iron Man 2's' Scarlett Johansson Totally Understands Fanboy Skepticism
THE HOLLY WORD:
"Iron Man 2" Week continues here at Comic Riffs, during which we've rolled out some of our favorite quotes from cast members who spoke at San Diego Comic-Con. In terms of conquering-hero popularity, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau shared the title of "King Con," but franchise newcomer Scarlett Johansson found her share of fans.
Listening to Johansson discuss her new role, you soon realize two things: (1) she's well-aware that many fanboys weren't happy with her being cast as the Russo-femme fatale Natasha Romanoff -- aka Black Widow. (Even then, she reportedly got the gig only after Emily Blunt had to bow out for scheduling.) And (2) she seems utterly convinced that she was up to the task.
During a media "roundtable" session, Johansson offered her thoughts on suiting up in the skintight costume to take on the role:
ON SHOWING UP FOR WORK:
"I came into the set as kind of geeked-out myself. ... I was a huge fan of the first [film]. It was kind of overwhelming. The sets themselves are overwhelming and they're huge. ... You're sort of having these feelings like you're in the 'Wizard of Oz' or something. ... You're in a weird magical universe."
ON RESEARCHING THE ROLE:
"I did become familiar with the character. ... The character is quite mysterious and covert. ... She's very sure of herself.and very assertive. ... [But ] we're sort of not exactly sure where that assuredness comes from, exactly."
ON WHAT SHE ENJOYED MOST ABOUT PLAYING BLACK WIDOW:
"The most fun part was kicking [butt]. i kicked a lot of the [butt]. I've never been so close to the set team. I followed them every single day and practically lived with them. I was in incredible hands. ... It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears ... but I wanted to give it everything I had."
ON DEALING WITH INITIAL FANBOY SKEPTICISM OVER HER BEING CAST:
"I understand -- obviously everybody has characters that they love when they're young [and] grew up with. ... I get it. I totally get it. [But] for me ... I was convinced I was the right person for the job."
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