SHOT LIST

AP Entertainment

Los Angeles, 21 April 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Gwyneth Paltrow/Actress, on spoilers: "Yeah, I respect it because there are so few surprises now in the world -- especially with the Internet. I think they take the security of this stuff so seriously. You have to respect that they want to keep certain things, certain plot points as a surprise. Because it's nice for an audience to be surprised about things. Not everybody wants to know ahead of time what's going to happen."

(Reporter: "And how do you train yourself as you're going through the promo process?")

Paltrow: "I think with the Marvel world they scare us so much that we barely say anything."

(Reporter: "How do they scare you?")

Paltrow: "We have Tasers strapped to our backs. And if we start to say the wrong thing, we get Tasered. So we've learned not to."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Pearce/Actor, on spoilers: "People aren't able to kind of be satisfied to just wait for the piece of art to be presented to them. They want to see the magic trick and how it's done. And I just find that really kind of I don't know. I don't know if it's lame or what it is. But I struggle with a bit to be honest."

Rebecca Hall/Actress: "Well it's demystifying. And we're dealing with smoke and mirrors. That's what movies are. It's magic and mystery and all of these things. And you shouldn't know. You shouldn't know. And it's right to protect it."

Pearce: "And it's petulant too. There's a petulance. I agree."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Pearce/Actor, on spoilers: "Well it's a tricky balance, isn't it -- I mean even with the trailers, the trailers that were made for films."

Rebecca Hall/Actress: "And there's a sort of excitement that comes with that whole spoiler alert business. I mean the whole stuff like, 'This stuff -- what's it going to be?' It generates a kind of energy, which does add something. I appreciate that."

"It draws people in."

Hall: "Yeah, but you still can't give up the secrets. Make them frustrated is kind of part of it."

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Don Cheadle/Actor, on spoilers: "It's pretty clear what we can and can't talk about. It's obvious. You don't want to give away anything that's going to have an audience go to the movie and be anticipating everything that's about to happen. It's no fun for them. I think people that spoil it are just that."

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Kingsley/Actor, on spoilers: "There's always an aspect of the work that you and I can converse about and enjoy and warm to our themes. So no I don't feel held back unless that long hook comes from that way and pulls me off the set."

(Reporter: "Gwyneth was saying everyone has to wear Tasers on their backs.")

Kingsley: "Tasers, that's good, yeah. Well she's of another generation. I have the long hook. She has the Taser."

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Kingsley/Actor, on spoilers: "I think at its best, even if it's spoiled, I forget. I'm so swept up in the event. I forget that somebody tells me, 'It was the butler that did it.' I just forget. If it's well made, you just totally forget and go with that world."

AP Entertainment

Los Angeles, 24 April 2013

7. Wide Gwyneth Paltrow talks with reporter at "Iron Man 3" LA premiere

8. Medium Paltrow on arrivals line

9. Medium Paltrow on arrivals line

10. Close tilt down Paltrow talks with reporter

11. Medium Guy Pearce talks with reporter

12. Medium Rebecca Hall talks with reporter

13. Medium Hall on arrivals line

14. Medium Don Cheadle talks with reporter

15. Medium Ben Kingsley walks on arrivals line

16. Wide Kingsley talks with reporter

Disney

17. BTS b-roll excerpt: Guy Pearce and Gwyneth Paltrow in "Iron Man 3"

18. BTS b-roll excerpt: Rebecca Hall in "Iron Man 3"

19. Trailer excerpt: "Iron Man 3"

SPOILER ALERT FOR 'IRON MAN 3' CAST

The "Iron Man 3" cast has been on high alert -- for spoilers.

The latest Marvel movie comes packed with more surprise twists than usual for a superhero flick, which means its stars including Gwyneth Paltrow have had to be careful while promoting the film how much they can share with journalists and fans.

"Yeah, I respect it because there are so few surprises now in the world -- especially with the Internet," said Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts. "I think they take the security of this stuff so seriously. You have to respect that they want to keep certain things, certain plot points as a surprise. Because it's nice for an audience to be surprised about things. Not everybody wants to know ahead of time what's going to happen."

Paltrow said Marvel Studios is explicit with the actors in warning not to give up spoilers.

"I think with the Marvel world they scare us so much that we barely say anything," she said, adding jokingly, "We have Tasers strapped to our backs. And if we start to say the wrong thing, we get Tasered. So we've learned not to."

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall say that while discussion of spoilers adds excitement for the audience, too much focus on them can hurt.

"People aren't able to kind of be satisfied to just wait for the piece of art to be presented to them. They want to see the magic trick and how it's done. And I just find that really kind of I don't know. I don't know if it's lame or what it is. But I struggle with a bit to be honest," Pearce said.

"Well it's demystifying. And we're dealing with smoke and mirrors. That's what movies are. It's magic and mystery and all of these things. And you shouldn't know. You shouldn't know. And it's right to protect it," Hall added.

Don Cheadle, who plays Col. Jim Rhodes and War Machine in the "Iron Man" franchise, said he hasn't had any trouble keeping spoilers to himself while promoting the movies.

"It's pretty clear what we can and can't talk about. It's obvious. You don't want to give away anything that's going to have an audience go to the movie and be anticipating everything that's about to happen. It's no fun for them. I think people that spoil it are just that," he said.

Ben Kingsley, who plays the villain the Mandarin in the film, notes that sometimes even if something does get spoiled for him as a viewer, it may not matter.

"I think at its best, even if it's spoiled, I forget. I'm so swept up in the event. I forget that somebody tells me, 'It was the butler that did it.' I just forget. If it's well made, you just totally forget and go with that world," Kingsley said.

"Iron Man 3" was hitting theatres in the UK and other parts of the world on Thursday (April 25) and in the US on 3 May.

 

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