Robert Downey Jr. Elaborates On IRON MAN 4 Return And His Injury Filming IRON MAN 3

The Age of Ultron star talks lengthily about whether or not he would do Iron Man 4, and how his age is catching up to him, which leads him to discuss the injury he got while filming Iron Man 3. Check it out

"That’s all being talked about on a bunch of different levels right now," said Robert Downey Jr. when Deadline asked about him not returning for Iron Man 4 and where his future lies as the Armored Avenger. "To me, it comes down to what’s the half-life of people enjoying a character? It’s different on TV, where you expect the longevity over seasons while movies get a two or three year break. Marvel keeps stepping up its game, and I appreciate the way Kevin Feige and all the creatives there think. They are as in the creative wheelhouse as any great studio has been at any point. So it becomes a matter of, at what point do I cease to be an asset to what they’re doing, and at what point do I feel I am spending so much time either shooting or promoting these films that I’m not actually able to get off the beachhead and do the kind of other stuff that is good for all of us. Each one of those movies is spread over two years and some people fit other things in. But I’m not 42, I’m turning 50 and now I’ll have two small kids instead of one grown one, and eight Team Downey projects with people who are imagining I’m not just spending Warner Bros’ money out of vanity, but that I’m taking it seriously. It all has become this thing that has to be figured." Whether or not Downey will renegotiate his contract with Marvel Studios to do Iron Man 4, we still have next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as the 2018 third superhero assembly to see the actor portray the philanthropist Tony Stark.

Speaking of Age of Ultron, Downey had said during a previous interview that he would no longer be a leading man when he turns 50, and it prompted the two-time Oscar-nominated actor to recall a realization while filming the 2015 Marvel sequel this past year.  "...Then again, I don’t even know what a leading man is, nowadays," he started. "I think it has always been someone who can carry a story. I also think about how much easier it was to remember on this last Avengers that I’m 20 years older than pretty much everyone there. That’s pretty much the cast. Ruffalo and I are a little closer in age and maybe Spader has a couple years on me, but you know what I mean." The interviewer jokingly asked Downey if he then became aware that the cracking joints he heard while filming Age of Ultron were his own, and not Chris Hemsworth's. "Well, hearing the cracking of my own bones on Iron Man 3, I finally came out of what can only be described as a five year flight of fancy where I thought, if Sherlock Holmes can do this, it means I can," the actor replied. "If Tony can jump from one part of a scaffold to the other and not bust his ankle, well then let’s do it two or three times and go to lunch. Looking back, I’m surprised and really embarrassed that some middle aged guy was thinking like that. And I honestly don’t think like that presently. But I also know that it could happen again, this bit of a hypnosis that would make someone think that way. There’s also this weird thing, where I wish somebody could just come in and tell me what is really going on when people so identify me with a character like Tony. Or sometimes the smarter, younger gals they look at me and they speak with an American accent and I’m Sherlock to them." About that ankle injury he sustained back in 2012 while filming Iron Man 3, which had halted production for almost a month, Robert Downey Jr. then discussed how it happened. "Yeah... I was doing a wire jump, and Shane Black, who I adore, came on and said, 'We’re going to try to get this before lunch,'" Downey explained. "I’d been sitting around all morning, and I got up and I put on my boots and walked out, and put on the wire and said, “Jump to there?” We were in North Carolina and there were these stairs that I had to get up to get up to the floor where the bedrooms were and I busted my ankle. For some reason or other I took off the boot, whatever I did, I got to the top of the stairs and I tripped, and kind of and banged it on something and hit the ground. Right then, Susan came around the corner, she goes, “All right. Are you finally going to accept the fact that you’re injured and that you’re not a kid. Just look at you on the floor there. Look at you!” And she kind of kept walking through the kitchen and I was just lying there on my side, and it is just throbbing and I just started laughing. I was like, Jesus Christ. Why is it always that you realize things when you’re lying there, resplendent on a wood floor, writhing in pain?" Check out the source link to read the full Deadline interview where Robert Downey Jr. jokes that he would return as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4....if his friend Mel Gibson is directing. What do you think?

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
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