Downey, Paltrow forge ironclad friendship
In this Monday, April 22, 2013 photo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. There's something of the old married couple about Paltrow and Downey Jr., though they're married to other people. They're cozy and comfy sitting down together for an interview, shifting easily between talking about their Marvel Studios superhero sequel “Iron Man 3,” chatting up each other's career, family, and trading small talk. "Iron Man 3" releases in the USA on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's something of the old married couple about Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., though they're married to other people.
They've known each other for 20 years, through bad times (his) and good (hers all along and now his, too). They're cozy and comfy sitting down together for an interview, shifting easily between talking about their Marvel Studios superhero sequel "Iron Man 3," chatting up each other's career and family and trading small talk about their little ailments as Downey rummages through a case of nostrums he travels with.
"I think I picked up a little bacteria on the road," Downey says of his trips promoting the film worldwide ahead of its U.S. debut this week. "No big deal."
"In what part of your body?" Paltrow asks.
"Tum-tum," Downey replies.
"I got really sick from the plane from England," Paltrow says. "Just terrible stomach problems."
"Travel's tough when you're not a kid anymore," Downey adds. "You've got to take it really seriously."
Both are taking everything seriously now, from work to family to lifestyle. Downey and Paltrow are in enviable places among their fortysomething Hollywood peers.
At 48, he's the great reclamation project of show business, rebounding from a fitful early career overshadowed by drug abuse and prison to become arguably the hottest leading man on the planet. "Iron Man 3" just opened to a whopping $195 million overseas, surpassing last year's international debut of Marvel's "The Avengers," in which he also had the leading role.
At 40, Paltrow's diversified into a super-hyphenate. While slowing down on acting to raise her two children with her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Paltrow has just published her second cookbook, runs the lifestyles Web site Goop.com and is a business partner with fitness trainer Tracy Anderson. Paltrow also managed to book-end her Academy Award for "Shakespeare in Love" with an Emmy win for her guest spots on "Glee."
This film publicity image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Robert Downey Jr., left, as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in a scene from "Iron Man 3." (AP Photo/Disney, Marvel Studios)
Paltrow has plenty of detractors, though. Critics questioned her designation by People magazine as the world's most-beautiful woman, which came days after Star magazine named her the most-hated celebrity.
Downey and Paltrow are following "Iron Man 3" with smaller dramas, Paltrow starring opposite Antonio Banderas in the Pablo Picasso tale "33 Dias," Downey joining Robert Duvall for the father-son story "The Judge." He also has plans for a third entry in his other franchise, "Sherlock Holmes," though the future of "Iron Man," Downey's billionaire genius Tony Stark and Paltrow's Gal-Friday-turned-girlfriend-and-CEO Pepper Potts are uncertain.