Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Hanging Up the Iron Man Armor
A few weeks from now, Robert Downey Jr. is going to have yet another huge hit on his hands with the release of Iron Man 3, the first film in Marvel’s “Phase 2″ films. RDJ has had a massive resurgence because of his portrayal as the uber-intelligent and oft-times cocky Tony Stark in three, almost four films for Marvel, as well as numerous other blcokbuster franchises like Sherlock Holmes. But as many actors will tell you, they hate to get stuck in a rut, or in a certain genre of films, and with Mavel’s usual mutliple film contracts, it’s bound to happen. RDJ has said many times that he can’t play Iron Man forever and the more he discusses it, the more it seems that day may be coming sooner rather than later.
The actor is now 48 years old, which doesn’t necessarily mean he has to stop doing action films, but he may have to slow things down a bit and that may include moving on from the Iron Man franchise. In a recnet interview with GQ, RDJ talks about an ankle injury he reveived while filming Iron Man 3 and how it has effected his view on future action films.
“It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun? Because, as quiet as it’s kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood. So there’s this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I’m sensing a return to that—it’s what me and the missus are doing next. It’s not unlike: I heard Brady signed on for three more years with New England, and then he’s done being a QB, because he’ll be 40. I’m 47, and I’ll be 50.”
Again, this isn’t the first time he’s talked about stepping away from the character and as much as I’d love to see him play the character forever, that just simply isn’t possible and should Marvel continue on with the franchise, and they very likely will in some fashion, we can expect a new actor to be brought in to replace RDJ, which will be not be an easy task. I’d assume he’d finish work through Avengers 2 and then move on to other projects, but that is pure speculation. The article also mentions that RDJ earned a whopping $50 million for his part in Avengers, so a younger, cheaper actor is definitely in the books for Marvel.
As for future plans, RDJ says he’d like to get into writing and directing and even has an idea centered on Halloween, saying “Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween.” He also said he’d act in the project as well. That’s not much to go on, but it will be interesting to see what he has in mind.
So, what say you fans? How much time do you think we have with RDJ playing Stark? Do you think they will recast or, and I hate to even think of it, kill the character off? Who would you like to see take on the role when RDJ steps away?
Source : GQ