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Iron Man 2
The Huntington appears three times in “Iron Man 2”—but fairly subtly. The final awards ceremony is the easiest to spot; it was filmed on the front steps of the Munger Research Center. Less obvious is one of the final fight scenes, set in a Japanese Garden supposedly located under a dome at the Stark Expo. The garden is remarkably similar to ours – there’s a moon bridge, and a canyon – but the house is different and there’s a large waterfall. The actual scene was not filmed here – but the garden was modeled directly after ours. They used a laser based measuring technology (called LIDAR) to photograph our Japanese Garden, then created their own computer generated location, infinitely more suitable for a high-tech explosive fight scene. And finally (and so subtle it should win you points in any Iron Man trivia contest) – at the beginning of the movie, there’s a splashy first scene where Tony Stark is introduced, making a presentation at his Expo during a big stage show surrounded by dancing girls. As he leaves the stage, the scene cuts to a newscaster standing outside the building in front of happy crowds held back by barricades. That location was, in fact, the entrance to the Erburu Gallery, making its feature film debut.
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