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Do Movie Geeks Really Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?

By Miscellaneous | | April 20, 2010 |

By Miscellaneous | | April 20, 2010 |

I don’t know if she deserved an Oscar (I’d have given it to Fernanda Montenegro or Emily Watson that year), but Gwyneth Paltrow is not a bad actress. Nor is she an ugly one. And though she doesn’t bring a whole lot to the Iron Man franchise, she’s not as corrosive to the films as, say, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Kate Bosworth, Bryce Dallas Howard or Kirsten Dunst were to their respective superhero movies (and that’s not counting the female superheroes played by Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Anna Paquin and Helen Slater).

So I don’t get it, why would anyone want to see her punched in the face? The question is in response to an Onion video (embedded below) about an internet rumor (alleged to have actually begun at a certain site I won’t mention since you guys hate it) about a scene in Iron Man 2 in which Pepper Pots gets roughed up and the many Iron Man fans who eagerly anticipate seeing such.

Obviously it’s a joke, because it’s the Onion, but I guess there must indeed be some real people — bloggers and fans alike — who actually would like to see the actress punched, beaten, strangled or otherwise have violence inflicted upon her, at least in a fictional, make-up-not-blood setting. Surprisingly, none of the women in film blogs I follow seem to be commenting on this, even though it surely would relate to the whole Kick-Ass debate.

Here are some blogs that do comment, whether sarcastically, confusedly or honestly:

  • Vince Mancini at Film Drunk:
    The latest from Onion News — rumor that Gwyneth Paltrow gets punched in Iron Man 2 takes anticipation for the movie to a whole new level. Hey, you can’t go wrong with wishful thinking about Gwyneth Paltrow getting punched.
  • Mark at I Watch Stuff:
    Personally, I’d want it to be Iron Man giving her an accidental backhand when he’s turning to gesture where Whiplash is or something, and as he gets down to console her we get to see his face inside his helmet and it’s obvious he’s barely suppressing his joy.
  • Eric Larnick at Moviefone’s Inside Movies:
    Fake fans speculate on how she might get punched in the face, who might punch her in the face and how hard that punch in the face might be.

    A little bit cruel? Possibly. Incredibly hilarious? Absolutely.

  • S.T. VanAirsdale at Movieline (in response to the confusing real-life-meets-Onion-parody confusion):

    If Paramount and Marvel didn’t single-handedly engineer this publicity grab themselves, they really should have. Or at least take some credit; this is really 100 times more thought-provoking than anything Paltrow can say in a Harper’s Bazaar cover story.

‘Iron Man 2’ Buzz Heats Up Over Rumors Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Punched In Face