YouTues: Tesla’s Elon Musk is Iron Man

This week we mark documentary Revenge of the Electric Car’s UK cinema release

By Will Dron on May 29, 2012 2:37 PM

It’s been a long time coming, but Chris Paine’s 2011 feature documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car, a fascinating behind the scenes peek at Tesla, Nissan and Chevrolet as they race to launch ground-breaking plug-in cars, is finally coming to screens in the UK. And to mark the occasion, YouTues this week has a clip from the film showing how Tesla’s Elon Musk is “as close as you can get to a real life Tony Stark” (a.k.a. ‘Iron Man’).

Musk made his fortune by creating PayPal, the online financial transaction service, and selling it to eBay for the princely sum of $1.5 billion. Rather than launch another dot com business, or simply retire a happy man, Musk created SpaceX, a company that launches rockets into space (NASA now lists the company as a trusted collaborator) and Tesla Motors, maker of the stunningly quick Roadster (see our review here).

So Musk is a young, trendy, techy multi-millionaire with a knack for finding gaps in the business world and the nerve to plug those gaps, so you can understand the Stark connection. As if to rub it in our faces, Stark’s garage in 2008’s Iron Man movie contains a Tesla Roadster, and in 2010’s Iron Man 2, Tesla’s factory is used as a shooting location and Musk even makes a guest cameo (the Monte Carlo scene). In the Revenge of the Electric Car clip below, Iron Man director Jon Favreau underlines the connection. 

If I were Musk, I might have a rather over-inflated ego by now; to our surprise, on a trip to the Tesla factory last year for the Model S unveil, he seemed remarkably down to Earth. Unlike SpaceX.

Screening details

Revenge of the Electric Car is available to order for ‘community screenings’ from 20th July (book your own screening here). A couple of advanced screenings are going on, too – one last weekend and one coming this Thursday at Stratford East Picturehouse (book tickets here).