We, here at the Research Triangle Foundation have been on pins and needles with the excitement surrounding the opening of the new Iron Man 3 movie. You see just about a year ago Marvel Studios camped out at the RTP Headquarters to build the set for Stark Industries and the office of Pepper Potts. It took about two weeks of construction for two days of filming. I felt so important coming to the office on film days because we were given special bracelets to wear to show that we “belonged” there. We were part of the “in crowd”. Of course we couldn’t wait until May 3rd to see if we made the cut or were left on the editing room floor. Well, we’re in!
A few coworkers and I ventured out to see for ourselves and YEP, there is the RTP Headquarters, I mean Stark Industries on the big screen. If you have ever visited the headquarters building there are particular items that are unmistakable identifiers. From our deep, heavy, chunky front desk to our grand video wall, copper patina walls and custom leather chairs (all of which make an appearance in the film). I was surprised however at just how many of the actors were in this particular scene. There was, Gwyneth Paltrow (aka Pepper Potts), Jon Favreau (aka Happy Hogan), Guy Pearce, and James Badge Dale and lots of local extras.
Personally I think the best thing about the movie was that, as a surprise to us all, our own Conference Center Manager, Linda Rozet, who was imperative to this whole process was mentioned in the credits! Way to go Linda R! There it was in black and white scrolling up the big screen a thank you to “Linda Rozet and the Research Triangle Park“. The Research Triangle Park is known all over the world and now we are also known in a little place called Hollywood.
*The burgeoning NC film industry brought created over 4,000 jobs and $376 million in spending in the state for fiscal year 2012.