• May 7, 2010
Iron Man 2 movie footage – Click above to watch the video after the break

What is it with Iron Man movies and the wanton destruction of perfectly good, desirable automobiles? In the first flick, the crew purposely crashed a pair of Audi R8 coupes, and neither sequence actually made it into the final film. For their sophomore effort, the crew reportedly dissected a pair of Rolls-Royce Phantoms – supposedly the first two identical machines that the famous marque has built.

According to The New York Times, the two luxury cars were cut up and slapped back together with strategically placed pyrotechnics to give the illusion that they were being sheared apart in real time. At least this time, the trashed Rollers actually do make an appearance in the final cut, though how they got there is a story unto itself.

It seems that, instead of filming the scenes at the Monaco GP circuit as originally planned – though approved by the government of Monaco, F1's no-fun chief Bernie Ecclestone rather unsurprisingly nixed the idea – the actual filming was done in Southern California on a makeshift Monaco replica track at the location that the first Space Shuttle was built. The fake grandstands were filled with inflatable blow-up doll fans. Monaco backdrops were the added in post-production.

In addition to the Rolls-Royce jigsaw puzzles, there were eight cars supplied by the Historic Grand Prix Association along with two running race cars built specifically for the movie using molds of a 1978 F1 car, powered by 5.7-liter GM V8 crate engines. Seventeen more non-running prop cars were built. Our friend Tanner Foust was the stunt driver of the blue and white Stark Industries car. Finally, though the other F1 replica car says Elon Musk on its side, we don't think the Tesla exec was actually behind the wheel.

The result? Movie Magic... maybe – we haven't yet gone to the theater to see Iron Man 2, which opened up just today. We'll get back to you in a bit. In the meantime, perhaps you'll enjoy the movie trailer that we've pasted after the break. Oh, and you can see some Rolls-Royce splitting action right here.

[Source: The New York Times]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      So far, 90% of the movie is spoiled before watching it in the cinema tonight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        tony stark dies at the end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The two "R8s" destroyed in the first movie were props, NOT real cars, I doubt the Rolls Royce's in IM2 were full RRs either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why not... it is willful hendonism and decedance.

      everything that is important to Tony Stark.. Stark drink dancing in the suit fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Just saw it, it was pretty good, Much better then TF2 last year. i will probably see it again tomorrow. Good Flick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most of us readers can not afford this cars anyway, and the people that can afford then do not care mush one way or another. The survivor's are worth more to collectors if they reach that plato...
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...boo hoo


      Those two lived more in their short time than most of their kind do.

      Go out in a blaze of CGI glory or sit and be wiped in some climate control storage bin.

      ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a waste. If I ever built something resembling a phantom, I would put a clause in the buyers contract that If you willfully destroy my product I have the right to kick you in your balls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saw it last night at The Bridge in LA: Robert Downy Jr. and Jon Favreau were sitting behind us! As such, I felt obligated to enjoy it...

        The Rolls scene is good. You could almost smell the large-scale burning of money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What if they were two pre-production development mules or prototypes that were going to have to be crushed anyway. Rolls probably repainted and refitted them to look alike for the movie. I doubt they went down to the local Rolls dealer and folded out with $800,000+ to buy two new Rolls.
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        • 4 Years Ago
        I was surprised the sponsors were in there as weel, I saw Martini and Johnny Walker
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love being a prop master when automobiles are involved =)
      • 4 Years Ago
      wth? this movie came out last thursday here in australia... and by the way, all the car scenes were awesome but i don't wanna spoil it for anyone... go watch it!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hardly see this as a loss. With Rolls Royce depreciation values on Silver Shadow's and Silver Seraph's, I doubt the Phantom is truly going to be worth much more then the sum of it's parts in 10 years. Same with the R8.

      If they had done this to say, a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, or a set of ZR1's, then I would have called them stupid, but this is just money making, plain and simple.

      When budgeting a film, two 100,000 dollar cars really aren't that important when you're spending 100 Million on CGi work alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Phantoms cost a lot more than $100,000 a piece. A better guess would have been $350,000 +
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I have the Rolls?

      Also, can you throw in the blow-up dolls as well?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather see cars like the Rolls and R8 be trashed than the classic/muscle cars that so many films destroy. The R8 and Rolls can be replaced with another off the line, the classics cannot.
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