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|smart fortwo Stars in "The Pink Panther 2"|
|Written by Brandy Schaffels|
|Tuesday, 10 February 2009 05:18|
The smart fortwo, the iconic and quirky micro car, masterfully plays the leading automotive role in the sequel to the successful cinema blockbuster "The Pink Panther." In Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures'/Columbia Pictures' "The Pink Panther 2" which opened February 6 in the United States (and March 12 in Germany). The tiny two-seat car demonstrates the advantages of its compact dimensions and its superior agility as the police car of the fearless--although somewhat clumsy--Inspector Clouseau in a breakneck dash through the crowded Paris city jungle.
Steve Martin--as bumbling Inspector Clouseau--chases criminals for the second time In "The Pink Panther 2." At his side is his unrivalled police car, a red smart fortwo coupe. "smart is the optimal company car in the movie," says Anders Sundt Jensen, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars. "smart and the main character stand for unusual ways of thinking, irresistible charm, and cleverness--and therefore have extraordinary success."
In an exciting sequence of the film, Clouseau steers his smart fortwo coupe in a wild dash across Paris. Here, he benefits from the exceptional agility of the environmentally friendly, intelligent two-seater car. Finding a parking space at the chronically busy airport of the French capital is not a problem--the compact smart fortwo simply parks perpendicular to the flow of traffic.
Car fans and amateur detectives can pick up the trail of the pink diamond themselves on the internet. Under the motto "Stay on the trail," anyone can enter the film world of Inspector Clouseau at smart.com/pinkpanther <http://www.smart.com/pinkpanther> and follow the precious gem across Paris. Participants who track down the diamond in this fun internet game have a chance of winning a smart fortwo.
"The Pink Panther 2," the sequel to the 2006 worldwide hit, stars Steve Martin as he reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is forced to assign Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts. Martin is joined by his co-stars Jean Reno (as Ponton, his partner) and Emily Mortimer (as Nicole, the object of his awkward affections). The investigative dream team is played by Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki (Letters from Iwo Jima), and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Lily Tomlin also stars. Set in Paris and Rome, the film is directed by Harald Zwart and produced by Robert Simonds. The screenplay is by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber and Steve Martin. The story by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber is based on the Pink Panther films of Blake Edwards as well as characters created by Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards.