Slicing and dicing a Rolls-Royce was the real deal, writes Paul Gover
AROLLS-ROYCE worth $1.2 million was destroyed during the filming of the second Iron Man movie. The flagship Phantom was sliced and diced for a scene where Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr, playing Tony Stark, is attacked by his Russian rival Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke.
The villain uses high-powered whips to wreak havoc on the Rolls-Royce, exposing the car’s signature alloy spaceframe construction in an unsuccessful attack during what is claimed to be the Monaco historic car race meeting.
It looks like a piece of costly product placement by Rolls-Royce, but the British company says it did not even know its Phantom was being used in Iron Man 2. And it says — unlike a vast number of companies, including Apple and Pepsi— that it does not pay to have its products placed in major movies.
Rolls-Royce’s spokesman in the US, Wayne Kung, says: ‘‘No product-placement payments were made by Rolls-Royce, nor did Rolls-Royce supply free vehicles for destruction.’’
A matched pair of Phantoms were bought for the movie, starring in the Monaco scenes involving Downey and his co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. One car survived; the other met a grisly end.
Nigel Wonnacott, of Rolls-Royce in the UK, says: ‘‘The filming/stunts were done without our knowledge after the production company bought two cars from our dealer.’’
Written off: this Rolls-Royce Phantom (below) was destroyed by Mickey Rourke’s character Ivan Vanko (right) in starring Robert Downey Jr (above).