'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon said Robert Downey Jr. 'pushed hard' for Gwyneth Paltrow

By Gina DiFalco,
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 'My Valentine Music Video Premiere' Los Angeles.

Director Joss Whedon is now speaking out on how Gwyneth Paltrow landed the lead female love interest role opposite Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers, revealing that Downey Jr. was the one who “pushed hard” for her.

"You need to separate the characters from their support systems in order to create the isolation you need for a team," said Whedon at the film’s press junket, which also co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and more.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Whedon went on to reveal, "But Pepper, this was really Robert’s thing. He pushed hard ..."

Actor Robert Downey Jr. arriving at the premiere of 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Philip Vaughan or

He added, "He really thought Gwyneth would bring something great to the table, and we all thought so as well, but he was the one who convinced her to come and do it."

Whedon went on about Downey’s Iron Man character and Pepper Potts, "He didn’t want to be sort of, crazy alone guy, he wanted to be crazy in-a-relationship guy.”

The director told ComicBookMovie.com that what separates “a good comic book adaptation film from a bad comic book adaptation film” is “capturing the essence of the comic and being true to what's wonderful about it, while remembering that it's a movie and not a comic.”



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