View Full Version : Robert Downey Jr To Play Iron Man

10-02-2006, 02:02 AM

Robert Downey (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&cf=gen&id=1800354084), Jr. is suiting up to star in "Iron Man (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1807438593)," a superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character.

Jon Favreau (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&cf=gen&id=1800018685) is directing the Paramount Pictures (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&cf=gen&id=1800023778) release. Filming is slated to begin in February in Los Angeles. Downey will portray Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Using his intelligence and ingenuity, Stark instead builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. Upon his return to the U.S., he uncovers a plot with global implications and must don his armor and protect the world.

The comic debuted in the 1960s, and Iron Man's origin involved Stark being a prisoner of the Viet Cong. The movie version will be set in today's geopolitical climate.

Budgeted at more than $100 million, it marks the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Entertainment, which previously licensed its characters, such as "Spider-Man (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1803454613)" and "X-Men (http://search.movies.yahoo.com/search/movies/title?p=%22X-Men%22&string=%22X-Men%22&search=title)," to other studios.

Marvel president of production Kevin Feige (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&cf=gen&id=1808397623) said the filmmakers looked for the best actor to embody the character.

"The Marvel characters are not just about how high they jump or how fast they fly, they're about their character flaws," Feige said. "They're about their inner demons. They're about the struggles that they go through between being a man and being a hero."

Downey, who has battled his fair share of inner demons, worked hard to get the role, getting in shape and even growing a goatee like the one Stark sports in the comic books.

"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," Feige said. "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."

Downey returns to theaters on November 10 in the Diane Arbus bipic "Fur" opposite Nicole Kidman (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&cf=gen&id=1800018939). Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

10-02-2006, 02:04 AM
Dont really see him as Tony Stark.