Gwyneth Paltrow is furious with Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Iron Man 2’ press

Gwyneth Paltrow
Last week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story was a preview of the Iron Man sequel, named (guess what?) Iron Man 2. It’s not due out until May of 2010, so I guess they just wanted to get us really, really excited, and we’re supposed to maintain that excitement over the course of the next 10 months. Anyway, the scandal for the EW cover was this – it features Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man, of course), Mickey Rourke (as Whiplash) and Scarlett Johansson (as the Black Widow). Hmm… isn’t there someone missing? Someone who was in the first Iron Man, and made such a big deal about it… I know we’re forgetting someone. Oh, right! Gwyneth “GOOP” Paltrow, of course! While filming in Los Angeles, there were already rumors that Goopy didn’t appreciate all of the attention ScarJo got in her leather Black Widow costume. But now it looks like ScarJo is taking center stage for the film’s advanced promotion too! Doesn’t ScarJo know that the center stage is reserved for Goops?

scarjoironmanThe behind-the-scenes action on Iron Man 2 is almost as exciting as the movie itself.

Gwyneth Paltrow, who returns as Iron Man’s PA Pepper Potts, is furious that new co-star Scarlett Johansson is stealing her limelight.

Scarlett, who plays a Russian spy, appears in a promotional campaign alongside the film’s other stars, Robert Downey Jr and Mickey Rourke.

But there is no sign of Gwyneth.

A source said: ‘Gwyneth was afraid she’d be upstaged by Scarlett and not being in the campaign was the final straw. She is furious she’s been left out.’

Gwyneth, 36, now plans to boycott a promotion in San Diego later this month.

‘She’s heading to New York instead, she’s so angry,’ added the source.

A spokesman for Gwyneth said: ‘She was not at all upset. The fans will get to see more of Pepper Potts as we get closer to the film’s release next May’.

[From Daily Mail]

I really believe that Goopy is probably somewhere between peeved and pissed that she was left off the EW cover. It just seems like Gwyneth, doesn’t it? She’s the one returning to the franchise, while ScarJo is a newcomer. And do you know what else is pissing off Goop? That ScarJo is younger, bustier, sexier, and probably easier to work with in general. Could be…but to be fair to Goop, I think part of this is the media’s desire to have a catfight. Gwyneth admits as much (in relation to the characters) while being interviewed for the EW piece:

When Marvel Studios first announced the sequel, no one was sure what the movie would be about. Downey, director Jon Favreau, screenwriter Justin Theroux, and the rest of the creative team struck upon the idea of introducing two very different foes for Stark.

On one side is Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a fast-talking weapons manufacturer who fancies himself the next Tony Stark; on the other, Vanko, who, while incarcerated in a Russian prison, creates his own battle-suit, which shoots devastating, whip-like beams. Hammer and Whiplash join forces to take down Downey’s character, Tony Stark.

Rourke, for his part, wanted to instill some lightness into the role of the heavy. “I told Favreau, ‘I don’t want to just play him as a one-dimensional p—-,'” he says. “He let me have a cockatoo, who I talk to and get drunk with while I’m making my suit.”

Just as the deals were being hammered out, Terrence Howard — who had played Stark’s best friend — fell out of the sequel in a public salary dispute. The role was re-cast, with Don Cheadle stepping in. “We had to make some tough deals,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “When they got public, you go, ‘That sucks. Okay, you want a peek behind the curtain? Here you are!'”

Says Cheadle, “Terrence and I couldn’t be more different. We address it head-on in the movie in one exchange. We’re not trying to fool people.” (Cheadle admits he didn’t know much about Marvel’s superhero before the first movie came out: “I always thought Iron Man was a robot.”)

Adding more flesh and blood to the new movie, Scarlett Johansson joined the cast as Stark’s mysterious new assistant, Natasha, who has an alter ego of her own, Black Widow. That introduction inevitably sparks romantic tension between Stark and former assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s been promoted to CEO of Stark Industries. “The men want it to be, like, ‘Ooh, the girls are fighting over Tony,’ but it’s not as standard as that,” says Paltrow. “There’s a weird male catfight fantasy.”

Downey agrees. He believes what differentiates the franchise from other superhero series can be summarized as follows: “We’re horny. Not, like, can’t-bring-your-kids horny, but just…horny.”

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Damn, now I wish they had put Sam Rockwell on the cover. I love that guy, he’s so sexy. You know who else is in the sequel? Samuel “Motherf-ckin’ Plane” Jackson! And with Don Cheadle replacing Baby Wipes Howard, this cast is pretty cool! Anyway, here’s the question, men and women. Gwyneth or ScarJo? It can be for anything, who would you rather work with, or sleep with, or be friends with? I know my answer. And my answer is Goop-less.

Gwyneth Paltrow is shown in the header on 7/8/08. She’s shown below on 3/17/09. Credit: PRPhotos

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  1. dg says:

    They’re both annoying, but Goopy takes the crown as the Nr.1 bitch.

  2. lisa says:

    Not a fan of Gwenny.. but I don’t understand this..Doubt if it is true. It is obvious that the cover is featuring the New Vilians.. and the Iron Man (RDJ). If Gwenny is upset then she should get over it. Scarjo is sexy and Gwen sorry is not a fantasy figure.. regardless of how many short dresses she puts on. I don’t think of her as Sexy in the least. Have to say they would have done better to leave Scarjo blond.. that wig is horrible. Gwenny should focus on her ACTING. The fact that as a past Oscar winner she is playing a minor role in this franchise has just shown how dem her light has gotten. Proves to me that the Oscar should have gone to Cate B. in the first place..

    OK I’m being a bit harsh.. but still my words are true.

  3. CandyKay says:

    I rarely hear anyone talking about how much they love Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Maybe the film’s producers have cottoned on to this and decided to sell what’s saleable.

  4. Green Is Good says:

    They could has stuck a hand puppet in to play Pepper Potts, and it would have been more interesting.

  5. Nev says:

    No way Paltrow should have gotten an Oscar.
    I wish I didn’t have to see her at all in Ironman. That movie will always be less than it could be with that annoying Paltrow hag in it.

  6. Tony says:

    Fishsticks again!

  7. docalion says:

    I love Iron Man!! Woohooo!!! This issue makes me more excited for its release..!!! I love Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie, she is so perfect for her character in the film.

    But I also love Scarlett Johansson! I think it would be really good to see them together. No fighting girls! You are both great! Just make the film better because that’s all that matters!

  8. Marie says:

    If you produced a movie, who would you put on the poster and stuff? The assistant (boring!) or the bad girl??
    sorry fish face!

  9. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Somebody needs to show “clumpy” Paltrow how to correctly apply mascara. Her lashes look like two spiders dipped in tar.

    You know she’d just love to be able to waive a sceptre and add Scar-jo to a stone menagerie of fauns, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and other assorted upstarts and traitors of her little make-believe kingdom.

  10. Trey says:

    Good! ScarJo (while annoying) > Goopy Paltrow. mmmm William Joel ;p

  11. Wow says:

    It is so irksome when they try to publicly put two women against each other, especially when both women are stars in their own right. Its like the media can’t say they actually get along or had a blast while filming. It always has to be portrayed as one star being bitchy to the other or one of the two being a diva or both of them hating each other.

    They rarely do this with two major male stars. Ugh!

  12. Meg says:

    I read somewhere that they put GOOPy on the back cover by herself. Honestly, I don’t like either of the women. I think they both are sucky as actors, but I cannot wait to see if Scarlett attempts a Russian accent. Gonna be lol-tastic.

  13. Nebraska says:

    “Baby Wipes Howard” I fell off my chair laughing. Goopy and Wipe could get together and do the head up the ass yoga position. I’ll supply the wipes.

  14. not says:

    This is a bunch of bull from the Daily Mail. Many people who have worked with Gwyneth in interviews say how much they love working with her, including directors and co- stars. Leslie Bibb just did a interview saying how much she love Gwyneth. People choose to believe everyting negative about her simply because they don’t like her. But there are many people who have met her and said how nice and down to earth she is. But that doesn’t fit into the character of how people believe her to be on gossip sites, so the only thing that is writtern about her is negative.

  15. javelin says:

    I like Gwyneth… I find her amusing and earnest, in a weird sort of way.

  16. irl500girl says:

    I think both are so-so actresses. Not terrible and not great. I doubt the story tho’. Can’t imagine GOOP would care much about doing the publicity rounds. She’s been there done that and probably would rather spend her time with her kids and doing her GOOP stuff. I think she’s experienced and wise enuf’ to logically figure this PR stuff out by now and she’s not hating on anyone about it.
    I can see that the two gals would not be each others type. I can see that they probablly did not become BFF’s due to being invovled in the same film. Not to eithers fault or bad manners but just because that’s how it goes sometimes.

  17. Ernestine says:

    Gwyneth has never been sexy, and Scarlett has never been talented.

    They each have a ton in common, though; each is seemingly unaware of her New York-bred pretentiousness. I’ll bet it’s a matter of two very similar personalities hating each other.

    Gwyneth needs to get over this shit, though. Scarlett is NOTHING but eye candy, and the producers are going to milk that. Mickey is decidedly NOT eye candy, but he’s the other new character. It made sense for EW to sandwich RDJ between them.

    Anyway, I can’t stand either of them, but I guess I’d rather hang with ScarJo.

  18. Ernestine says:

    Oh, also, I’ve never read that Gwyneth is a pain to work with. She might be pissy on THIS particular set, but if anything, directors usually crap themselves to praise her and her innate talent to the point of hyperbole. She IS an insufferable snob, yes, but at least SHE can emote.

  19. Aspen says:

    I know that she’s had some duds…but I go and see everything she’s in just because I like watching her. Seems like an elitist snob from time to time, but that could be a number of things from shyness to anxiety attacks to actual bitchhood.

    Thing is…I don’t know her, and I certainly don’t have to sit down to tea with her, so I don’t care about all that.

    I don’t know what it is with her. I don’t think she’s all that pretty. I just like watching her movies. She’s got something. /shrug

    I like ScarJo, too, but I’ve never been really impressed with her acting. Maybe she just hasn’t had “that” role, yet.

  20. the original kate says:

    i loved goopy in “emma”, partly because i think she was playing a role that is similar to her in real life: a snobby, pushy, know it all. except austen’s emma does have more heart than goop. as far as this “feud” with scarlett i take it with a grain if salt. it’s all about publicity, and i think agents would sell their souls for some publicity.

  21. lrm says:

    goop is a great actress,IMO.
    Never understand when people say she can’t act????
    wish she’d do more of that acting thing,and less prosthelitizing and interviewing in general.
    scarlett-loved her in lost in translation.
    But flash forward=several films later,and she always plays the woman who is having illicit affairs and/or not quite committed emotionally or otherewise to her life.
    I now find her one dimensions and booooring.
    And,yes,annoying. b/c she thinks she’s taking some sort of stand with her ‘no surgeries’ and ‘relationship’s not for sale’ cr*p…when really she’s not that different than other celebrities,using her looks to make money and then make fun of her fan base and the american public in general…who made her said money to begin with.
    At least GOOPy is earnest/honest: she lives in europe most of the time,and says outright that she prefers it and why.
    She’s hilarious in her indignant snobbery,though. She says things like it’s the first time a comparison has been made: HUH! you don’t say? spain’s buildings are older than New York’s?
    wow,i’m so glad we had this talk.

    Equally annoying,wouldn’t want to hang out with either,and both martin and reynolds are enough to keep me away from either,as well.

  22. Anoneemouse says:

    Shw has done nothing but talk negatively about the USA since she moved to England to be with her Husband. If she’s not happy with the roles being offered to her here in the states, maybe she should consider a permenent move to England and then she can take up acting there.

  23. dubdub2000 says:

    OMG?! Is that Scarlett Johanson?! I hadn’t recognized her?! She usually looks so uppity and obnoxious with her blond bob. But darn that’s a great look, she should keep that hair-do and color from now on. Talk about a make over.

  24. annie says:

    ScarJo over goop in everything and every way.

    Who wants goop on their hands? ewwww

  25. grateful says:

    Well, maybe Gwen shouldn’t be so anti-American and pro-British. After her ad naseum distaste for American and Americans, I cannot see myself liking her.

  26. Criminitaly says:

    Who writes this Sh*t? You tell a whole story of bull and then at the end report, “she’s not upset at all”. Duh, why are you writing the story?
    To make a cat fight where there aint!

  27. Criminitaly says:

    By the way, they are both HOT!!! I was at a Sheryl Crow concert about 6 years ago and during the vocally challenging song “Difficult Kind”, a voice came in on the 2nd verse and danged if it wasn’t Gwyneth onstage! She was fine AND sang great! Who knew?

  28. Dot says:

    Holy crap (no pun intended)– “Baby Wipes Howard” — pretty damn funny!

    I don’t really have a strong opinion, favorable or otherwise, on Scarlett but can’t stand Gwen. Bleh. 🙁

  29. Paltrow's a witch says:

    Cry me a river! Paltrow’s a witch…goes off on America’s patriotism, yet makes her living here…I used to be a fan of hers until her bashing of the US and how she wouldn’t raise her children here…fine, then don’t work here either…

    In case you didn’t pick up on it with my beating around the bush…I can’t stand Paltrow…

  30. mary says:

    I’m willing to bet that GOOP thinks her stuff don’t stink,she’s such a snob.
    I like ScarJo simply because she’s married to Ryan Reynolds!

  31. boomchakaboom says:

    I’m going to say Meryl Streep. Yep, Meryl Streep.

  32. Rachel says:

    Seriously, what the hell is wrong with some of you. You sit and judge people like you are some sort of God and everyone else is beneath you. What happened to “if you dont have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It is one thing to critique someone on the job they do but many of you are just a bunch of bullies picking on someone. You all sound like jealous school kids. Both woman are beautiful and obviously bankable since they get jobs. A lot of you need to grow up.

  33. Serendipity says:

    Who ARE you people who think you ‘know’ either Scarlett or Gwyneth?

    We don’t really know very much ‘truth’ about celebrities, at all.

    We only know what is written, what their agents, handlers, protagonists, journalists, paparrazis, etc., want us to believe. If a celebrity says, does, or wears something the media does not like, they have a field-day bashing the celebrity – it comes from a very biased viewpoint – and ‘we’ believe it!

    There is a terrific, and appropriate Irish saying that goes “Paper never refuses ink”!

  34. Valerie says:

    I think Gwyneth and Scarlett are both awesome. If I had what either one of them have I would be the same way. Go for it Girls!

  35. hreyda says:

    um, whoever said that is a horrible wig- it’s not a wig FYI. If you had seen recent pics of her for the last 6 months, you would see that she colored her hair. And that’s it right there.

  36. JD says:

    Gwyn is totally replaceable and not important to the movie. Scarlett is hot and nice. Gwyn is neither.

  37. David says:

    Why all this hate toward Paltrow?
    She seem so beautiful and inconent.

  38. blu_star68 says:

    Goop is annoying and couldn’t “act” her way out of a wet paper bag. Scarlet is fun and sexy…I’m a strait girl, love the boys, but I’d probably sleep with her if the opportunity arose.

  39. sandra says:

    I think it’s funny how everyone on here thinks they actually know these people. The only thing I can go by is Gwyneth can act, Scarlett is just eye candy bottom line, and is not a good actress, but oh well.

  40. Jessica says:

    I really don’t think Gwynneth cares that Scarlett is getting more attention. The media just loves drama and so do the fans. I’m sure she just wants the pay-check. Let’s talk about something we all care about!

  41. Tom says:

    I love Gwyneth P, and I actually can’t stand that stubby little Johannson chick. She can’t act, has no muscle tone or shape other than the youthful fat that hangs from her body.

    Paltrow is a great actress, is beautiful in a genuine way, and this whole discussion is beneath her. She’ll be around in twenty years acting, while Scarlett will be a distant memory.

  42. gwyneth who says:

    after seeing paltrow’s piss-poor performance in the first movie i was hoping they’d get someone else for the sequel or drop her character altogether…her limited acting skills stink out loud…compound that with her negative comments about the u.s.a. a few years back and it’s easy to understand why no one wants her on a magazine cover.

  43. Russ says:

    Paltrow made her mark based on lineage….SJ made it on looks (and acting). Someone earlier remarked that CB should have one the Oscar that went to GP…truer words were neve spoken. Give it up for ScarJO!!!!

  44. Cindy Kennedy says:

    Scarlett is younger than Gwyneth.

    Gwyneth needs to learn to deal with the realities of aging in Hollywood.

  45. lrm says:

    Goopy is not a bad actress-i don’t get this? People who call her limited and otherwise think she’s terrible as an actress,please tell me who you do find to be a good/great actress,so that I can understand?
    seriously,I think she’s been great in most of her films. Before she got caught up with madonna and the GOOP stuff,especially.

  46. Bob says:

    Goop is a douche bag!

  47. madpoe says:

    If Oscar winning (she didn’t deserve that, it belongs to Cate Blanchett!) Goop, mother of two is “furious” over the EW cover snub to a younger and curver ScarJo – get over it, you got an Oscar!

    Honestly I did not plop down $11 to see Paltrow when Iron Man came out! I came because it looked amazing, I stayed cos Robert Downey Jr. and I’d come back for Robert Downey Jr. Neither woman in my eye can act and paying to watch either of them I’d opt for tooth removal. Its like someone said earlier, Paltrow’s never been sexy and Scarjo isn’t talented…but at least the folks behind Iron Man didn’t add another ego -Megan Fox.

  48. Caged Wisdom says:

    They wanted the heroes and villain, last time I checked Pepper Pots didnt wear a cape, has no powers or super strength.

  49. curt says:

    She was handed (literally) the oscar because that year was Hollywood’s suck-up-to Shakespeare in Love Year. I could never stand her … now even less so. GWEEEEEEEEENITH.

  50. Jan says:

    Wow, listen to all you, they say Gwen is a bitch??? Maybe most of you should look in the mirror, and who are you all to judge anyway, did somebody make you all perfect??

  51. Jan says:

    I, as well, think Gwen is talented and beautiful, and takes care of herself, takes pride in herself. I think she has more talent than Johan, Gwen doesn’t NEED to be on the cover with busty Johan, she already is very confident in herself!

  52. Kat says:

    COMEONNNNN, No Contest, folks. Scarlett is so much more a face for the camera, for the public. Totally hot. Goopy is just that. Not much more exciting that a glob of plain old goop. Yeah she has talent, but a lot of women do. Gotta have face people.

  53. jmee says:

    I am laughing out loud. What a lot of drama over nothing. Gwyneth Paltrow is a gifted actress and and a very balanced, down to earth person. Scarlett Johanssen is also a gifted actress and is obviously enjoying herself immensely. They both know themselves well enough to know how the people-eating public will devour them, one way or the other. Robert Downey Jr. has been through the meat-grinder and still gives quirky, delightful performances. I remember them all in their first roles. The media and the public at large love to sling mud. Whatever. The drama off stage and off camera is boring. Just let the work speak for itself and get a life. I am grateful for the great cinematic moments they have given me.

  54. Kat says:

    STFU, Goopy. You’re no longer the ingenue.

  55. Ned says:

    Gwyneth didn’t belong to this film in the first place and was the weakest link.

    She is way too tall and didn’t even look pretty next to RDJ.

    While I am not a fan of Scarlett, I can see why she is a better fit than Gwyneth.

    I am not sure why they brought her back. Didn’t they watched the film she was boring and looked like a long broomstick.

  56. c maccann says:

    by far Gwen much more to then meets the eye what a bode and those eyes WOW!!!

  57. Jen says:

    Gwyneth is a brilliant, beautiful woman and an outstanding, accomplished actress.

    She’s sophisticated..funny…has stellar taste in everything.

    I smell jealousy people and it isn’t coming from Goop!

  58. FrankBama says:

    Gwen needs to get over it. She ex-patriated, and has bashed America ever since. She’s lucky to still be “working” in movies. Her character is a supporting role at best and she is obviously full of herself if she thinks otherwise.

  59. hunnybe says:

    @35… is it really that serious, honestly who cares??

  60. Jazz says:

    Don’t really mind Gwyneth, not a fan of Scarlett. I saw Iron Man for the eye candy that is RDJ. I’ll be seeing Iron Man 2 for the eye candy that is RDJ.
    Why do two women in a film have to be catfighting? Why can’t it be two men feuding instead?!

  61. BlueSkies says:

    I don’t think Gwyneth cares. She probably feels lucky to have a job in the movie because of RDJ and was asked back for the second one. Also, Gwyneth was never a sex symbol type even though she has tried lately. She knows her days are numbered and is just concentrating on Goop.

  62. James says:

    Maybe Gwyneth will feel better to realize in America, we pay with American dollars. Since she dispises Americans and our culture in so many of her interviews abroad. She certainly would not want any part of out NASTY currency anyway! She has said Americans only care about the mighty dollar, that we have no cullture, that we have no class. Its about frickin time this British (or whatever she is) BITCH gets her frickin face out of our news and movies! I love seeing her life in turmoil! WAKE UP America, turn your back on this ummm woman, before she gets one more nasty dollar from YOU!

  63. maddalen says:

    The goops lick their fingers
    the goops lick their knives
    They spill their broth on the tablecloth
    Oh, they lead disgusting lives.
    The Goops they talk while eating
    And loud and fast they chew
    I do not think that I
    would like to be a Goop – would you?

  64. Pat says:

    Gwyneth all the way mor me! Scarlett looks like a dumb bimbo in almost all her movies and in real life, whereas Gwyneth is always classy and chic! Love you Gwynnie!

  65. melanie moo says:

    I think that Gwenyth probably is starting menopause, and unfortunately misplaced anger is common. I, however, cannot wait to see movie! I love RDJ.