Say what you will about Scarlett Johansson, but we give her plenty of kudos for working out hard enough to be able to perform her own stunts as Black Widow for "Iron Man 2." The movie, which comes out this Friday, has plenty of kick-butt action, and Scarlett said she never once questioned the fact she was going to perform the stunts herself. But that doesn't mean that it was easy for her.
"It was a bit daunting at first, especially when I was watching whatever Tom Harper, our stunt coordinator, had cut together, these sequences that he was planning and choreographing," she said. "It was like, 'I'm going to be doing that in how many months?' It just seemed like it'd be really painful. And it was. It all paid off in the end."
It paid off because it's going to be clear to the audience that ScarJo really put 110 percent effort into the film, though we will note that she never said she performed all of her fight scenes. We're just happy that she made such an effort in her fight scenes to not let the audience, though honestly we would expect no less of anyone cast in an "Iron Man" movie.
"I'm the kind of audience member where you see any genre film like this, and you suspend your disbelief and go with the characters and then, suddenly, you see this whole fight sequence, and it's the back of somebody's head," Scarlett said. "It's like, 'Oh, that's kind of lame.' I wanted to be able to have Jon [Favreau] use as much of my face as possible and really learn these sequences backwards and forwards."
But there was one element of filming she wasn't sad to leave behind at least for a while: her skintight black bodysuit.
"I think when I was finished, the last time I had to wear it, it was kind of like, 'Goodbye, unitard. I will hopefully see you in 16 months [for 'Iron Man 3' or 'The Avengers']'," she said. "I was happy to not have to put it on again. It was actually much more comfortable than it looked, and it functioned very well, but who wants to wear the same thing every day?"
Sorry, ScarJo, but we're sure many men out there — or at least your husband — wouldn't mind seeing you wear it for a couple more … decades.
Are you glad to hear Scarlett performed her own stunts? Do you think she'll make a good Black Widow?