Robert Downey Jr. Has An End Date In Mind For Playing IRON MAN
For many fans Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark. Since his first outing as the arrogant billionaire turned superhero in the first Iron Man movie, through a disappointing sequel (RDJ was no less awesome) and arguably stealing the show in The Avengers, the actor has come to define the big screen version of the character. Now he's set to armor up again for Iron Man 3, and we assume he'll be back for the Avengers sequel..but then? Downey Jr. has spoken before about moving on from playing the character, but in a recent interview with GQ he really sounds like he's considering saying goodbye to Tony Stark for good.
Although he's expected (but apparently not contracted?) to appear at least one more time as Tony Stark in The Avengers sequel, the actor says he is looking forward to retiring the red and gold armor at some point soon so he can focus on other projects.
He brings up an injury he sustained while shooting Iron Man 3 -- a wire jump he'd successfully completed many times before which resulted in him blowing out his ankle. "It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up," he says "How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?" He continues. "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." When quizzed a little further, Downey Jr. then hints that the end may come in about three years when he turns 50, but nothing is for certain. "I don't know. I don't know. Right now I don't have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years."
Be sure to click the link below to check out the interview in full.
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