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When Marvel refused to hire Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, said we ‘will not cast him at any price’

The story of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe got here into existence by no means ceases to exhilarate. At the moment, when MCU is the largest and by far probably the most worthwhile cinematic franchise in historical past, it’s simple to neglect that it may have been derailed if the primary few tasks had not lived as much as expectations.

When Iron Man, which started this entire shebang, went into manufacturing, the ambitions of the makers have been largely restricted to make comedian ebook film. Every thing else — the Avengers, Thanos and what got here later — have been however a dream within the eyes of Kevin Feige.

Now, practically everyone agrees that the largest purpose the movie labored is because of Robert Downey Jr within the lead position, an actor who has change into synonymous together with his MCU position. However casting him was not simple. Director Jon Favreau’s alternative, the actor was not fashionable at the moment. Not due to lack of expertise, per se, however reasonably due to his historical past with medication and alcohol.

Director Jon Favreau stated in a Rolling Stone interview that Marvel flat out refused to rent Robert Downey Jr. Marvel’s response was that “in no way are we ready to rent him for any value.” The director, who had fought lengthy and exhausting, had referred to as the actor and advised him, “I fought, I attempted, I did what I may, it’s a pity and a disgrace, however sadly it’s going to cease right here.” Downey, nonetheless, had endured, “Together with your permission, I’m going to carry out hope.” Favreau endured and Iron Man went on to pave the best way for a billion-dollar franchise.

In an interview with 100.three Jack FM, Favreau opened up in regards to the lengthy drawn-out course of. Favreau advised USA At the moment in 2007, a yr earlier than the movie’s launch, “We didn’t need to simply go along with a secure alternative. One of the best and worst moments of Robert’s life have been within the public eye.”

He added, “He needed to discover an internal steadiness to beat obstacles that went far past his profession. That’s Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes past a comic-book character who’s having hassle in highschool, or can’t get the lady. Plus, he’s merely top-of-the-line actors round.”

In one other interview, in 2014 with 100.three Jack FM, Favreau revealed, “All people knew he was proficient… Definitely by finding out the Iron Man position and creating that script I realised that the character appeared to line-up with Robert in all the great and unhealthy methods. And the story of Iron Man was actually the story of Robert’s profession.”

Like many different actors, it’s exhausting to think about anyone else within the position, so fully Downey went on to subsume himself within the position. And as Favreau stated, the arc of Downey and Tony Stark in the direction of redemption was eerily comparable.

Iron Man went on to gross 585 million {dollars} worldwide. It might appear unimpressive proper now by MCU requirements, however it was a giant deal again then. It made certain the MCU stayed afloat and now it dominates fashionable creativeness.

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