Everybody talks about Robert Downey Jr.’s performance, which I think was fantastic, but overlooked is Gwyneth Paltrow. Her subtlety, with which she did that role, was exceptional. You could just see the longing in her eyes — how much she loved him in every single scene. A lot of people say, ‘It was a nothing role.’ I beg to differ. I thought it was a fantastic role and fantastic work by her. She was mesmerizing.
The film had an almost 1930s, ’40s kind of romantic comedy quality to it, which I thought was really cool and refreshing. It was great to see something — other than a “Batman” franchise — finally break out from a comicbook. I think people were waiting for “Iron Man” to fail. It didn’t, and the audiences ate it up. It really showed, once again, what a great actor Downey Jr. is and that he’s quite a talent. He really owned the part. He became Tony Stark, and you went with him. I thought he played it with an irony, with a sense of humor and with a cockiness that is sometimes missing when we translate comicbooks. Kudos to Marvel for stepping up and putting their money where their mouth is and saying, “We can do this better than other people have been doing it.”
Gary Scott Thompson executive produced “Las Vegas.”