Daily Archives: April 29, 2010

From Kabuki to Ironman

Nakamura Shido as Ironman

Paramount Pictures Japan recently held an online poll to find which celebrity people wanted to see dressed up as Ironman. Beating out singer-actor Fukuyama Masaharu and actor Karasawa Toshiaki was kabuki star Nakamura Shido (37), who donned the costume this week for a promotional event in Tokyo for the Hollywood superhero sequel “Ironman 2.” Echoing Robert Downey Jr.’s dual roles of businessman and suited hero, Nakamura presented reporters with a meishi (business card) that said, “Main Job: Kabuki Actor. Side Job: Ironman.”

Nakamura needed the help of three staff to put on the powered suit, which was home-made by a fan and won him a recent cosplay contest. The suit is said to have cost more than the ¥1 million prize money. “I got a bit carried away and put it on too early. Now I need to go to the toilet!” Asked to compare himself to the character of Tony Stark, the recently married Nakamura said, “I’m a playboy, too!”

Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie opens in Japanese theaters on June 11.