'Iron Man 3' filming puts Triangle on star watch

Posted June 6, 2012
Updated June 7, 2012

— More crowds gathered in Cary on Wednesday as production of Marvel Studio's blockbuster "Iron Man 3" continued at the Epic Games studios.

Filming was also creating traffic issues, as Cary police shut down a section of Weston Parkway between Chapel Hill Road and Harrison Avenue until 3 p.m.

Since filming began Monday, superhero fans and the local media have gotten a little taste of Hollywood. Star Don Cheadle, who plays James "Rhodey" Rhodes, was reportedly at the shoot in Cary Monday, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Tony Stark's long-time assistant, tweeted her arrival to the area Tuesday afternoon.

"Just arrived in Raleigh, N.C. to start Ironman 3!" Paltrow tweeted around 6 p.m. "Any restaurant recommendations?"

On Wednesday, Paltrow posted a picture of herself online with the caption: "Day 1 on IM3. Pepper Potts! So happy to be here."

Movie fans from as far as New York have been outside Epic Games, trying to get a glimpse of the secretive production protected by tents and screens.

"I'm a huge fan of Robert Downey, and I hope to see him and get an autograph," said fan Genesis Soto, who traveled from Winston-Salem.

Wednesday morning, Soto went into a Cary hotel where she heard the stars were staying. "They said, 'You can't be here. I'm sorry,' so we turned around," Soto said.

Fan Derek Unger said star-gazing is fine, but he wants to see some action.

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"Explosions would be an added bonus, but hey, anything involving action. Actors are cool, but I'm all about the action," he said.

EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington is serving as the base for the high-profile movie starring Robert Downey Jr., but it's also being shot at locations in the Triangle, Miami and China. 

"Iron Man 3" will be shot over the next 10 months and will be released in 2013. State government officials expect that its production will create about 1,550 jobs and generate more than $80 million for North Carolina.

The movie was drawn to North Carolina, in part, by a 25 percent tax credit for production companies spending a minimum of $250,000 that the state has offered since 2010.


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  • OneLove Jun 8, 2012

    I wish movie stars didn't get so much attention. All the glory should be spent on researchers, scientists, professors. People who are actually trying to CHANGE the world. Actors/Actresses contribute nothing worthwhile to my opinion, of course.

  • packfan12 Jun 8, 2012

    Does anyone know what's been going on out in RTP. There are quite a few signs out on Davis Dr. near the RTP headquarters saying "Crew parking", and "Extras Parking" along with a ton of tents and trucks. The parking signs somewhat imply that something is being filmed out there, but I'm not for sure if that's true. If it is, I didn't know if maybe it was Iron Man being filmed out there.

    Any thoughts?

  • gopack07 Jun 8, 2012

    "I want to see Paltrow eat a big cheeseburger and fries."

    Shallow Hal?

  • lunarmodule Jun 7, 2012

    I saw Gwyneth Paltrow at Poole's Diner last night. She really seemed to be enjoying her meal! Having a movie filmed here is great for our economy and our profile. And the star watching is just short-lived, harmless fun!

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 7, 2012

    GeeHog - I'm sorry but when, exactly, did I judge your or say how you spend your time?

    All I said was that NO ONE should judge other people because EVERYONE does things that someone else sees as a waste of time. I could care less what you do with your free time.

  • TheBigLC Jun 7, 2012

    Since you are posting too Pepe, I guess you are no one to judge how I spend my time either.

  • BernsteinIII Jun 7, 2012

    People need to get a life.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 7, 2012

    back - As much time as you have spent leaving comments on here and focusing on what other people do with themselves, you are no one to judge of how another person spends their time.

  • TheBigLC Jun 7, 2012

    If you envy Robert Downey or any other hollywood stooge then THAT is sad. The problem is they aren't "paying" to se them they are wasting their time. if you want to see them... go to the movies

  • missparrothead Jun 7, 2012

    I want to see Paltrow eat a big cheeseburger and fries.