Robert Downey Jr. Becomes Iron Man

Posted by: Jerrica

After years of talk, much of it involving Tom Cruise, Iron Man finally has an actor’s face. The announcement was made that Robert Downey Jr. will play Tony Stark and his metal-suited alter ego Iron Man. The decision seems to have come about suddenly, but it might just seem so because of connotations to the name. Awarding a role that has long been awaiting a star to one of Hollywood’s notorious bad boys seems a bold and risky move given Downey Jr.’s history of relapses due to chronic drug abuse.

Leaving the past, however redundant, in the past might be difficult for comic fans upon hearing the casting news, especially with concerns that it has already taken so long to get this production underway. Some might worry that this casting decision could cause trouble down the road with this project. FOX’s show "Ally McBeal" suffered some stress due to Downey Jr.’s arrests and recurring downfall.

But, as a recovering addict, Downey Jr. has racked up a number of credits in recent years without any significant problems. Among those latest efforts, "Gothika," "A Scanner Darkly," "Lucky You," and "Zodiac." Also, his performances are always and have always been beyond question. In 1993, he was nominated for an Oscar for "Chaplin," and in 2001, he won a Golden Globe and earned an Emmy nomination for his appearance on "Ally McBeal."

The actor’s talents are well worthy of playing Iron Man, the heroic half of Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and brilliant inventor who manufactures weapons of mass destruction and then must face the consequences of their existence. Stark has his demons, and Downey Jr. has had his, making him more than qualified to tackle the role. Word is that he worked very hard to get the part and get into shape for the character, even adopting Stark’s goatee from the comics.

Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige was quoted from The Hollywood Reporter as saying this about the comic book movie’s new star: "In every casting announcement we've done, people in their mind's eye have their own view of it and let us know about it. We're used to it. The point is, we looked at everybody, and we found the best person for the role. It's as confident a casting move as we've ever done. The proof will be in the pudding, but he is Tony Stark."

And, that’s good enough for me. Downey Jr. earned the role for himself, and now he’s earned the chance to win over any fans who are on the fence about this official casting. Now that the film finally has its star, production can move forward. Actor Jon Favreau ("Daredevil" and "Very Bad Things") will be directing, and filming will begin in Los Angeles in February with Robert Downey Jr. ready to show his mettle.

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