• May 12th 2010 at 12:36PM
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Regular AutoblogGreen readers who went to see Iron Man 2 this past weekend probably noticed an unexpected little cameo from one of the most flamboyant automotive CEOs around: Elon Musk.
Why would Musk show up in a superhero movie? Because this is really a movie about fictional genius billionaire Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., with a few tons of digital special effects thrown in. When the movie creators needed a real-life person to base the character on, Downey told director Jon Favreau, "We need to sit down with Elon Musk."

Musk is no stranger to Hollywood (he was executive producer for Thank You for Smoking) and Tesla Motors is no stranger to the Iron Man movie series. A Roadster made a brief appearance in the first movie. In the sequel, Musk plays himself in a Monaco restaurant and is the guy Stark wants to talk to about an electric jet. Wait, where is the line between fiction and reality, again?

[Source: Time]

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      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one of the upmost wrongful statements I have EVER read in the internet. This to me sounds like if somebody said The Lamborghini Egoista is based on a toyota Prius. If anything...Maybe Elon is Like Tony Stark. Tony has been that Tony since before Elon was born. The ultimate personification of Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr as a person, not as an actor; he doesnt play Tony Stark, he is himself with a script. And Elon wishes he had a 10th of Tony's Intelect. Tony made an Armi of Iron Soldiers...Elon is the publicity genius representing and leading a company that made the first successful EV. While Tony IS the R&D Dept of Stark Industries, Elon is just the CEO of Musk industries....oh wait...yeah...Tesla. If you wanna cash in with the Iron Man publicity...do it factually...not out of ass. Elon wishes...
      • 5 Years Ago
      hehe, except in reality Elon Musk is a lying douche and his technical prowess doesn't even allow him to see that future cars are lighter, not heavier like his obese model S.
      so let's not get carried away here. only laymen with no real uderstanding would confuse Tony Stark and Elon Musk.

      and I liked the movie but this phenom genius Tony Stark with pocket fusion reactors drives an archaic steam locomotive Audi R8 spyder that can't even accelerate to 60mph as quickly as the rather heavy moderately powered tesla roadster, let alone something with actual power. so let's not forget these are actors and it's just a movie with commercial interests : )

      a 600kW 700kg electric car would have been a more organic fit in the story
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah the ever so clever Musk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw the movie last night and geeked out when I saw Elon. I was the only person hip enough to catch it.

      I'm awesome!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My date couldn't understand why i squealed...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...and the AC/DC soundtrack completes the circle
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope we see Stark dumping the Lamborghini for a Tesla in Iron Man 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno Glock, lots of folks see the Audi R8 as a Lambo in drag ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the R8 is not a re-badged Lambo..? Makes even less sense with the V10 version, as they cost about the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lamborghini ? Tony Stark drives an Audi R8 convertible.

        Talk about FAIL on an elementary level.............
        • 5 Years Ago
        He drove an Audi in IM2. Maybe by IM3 they'll upgrade him to an Audi eTron. ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      They also used the SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, CA to film the Hammer Industries scenes. The exterior, as well as the large interior shots are SpaceX.
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