Roller steam­rolled

Slic­ing and dic­ing a Rolls-Royce was the real deal, writes Paul Gover

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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).

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