In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Robert Downey Jr. discusses his career-changing involvement with Marvel Studios, the future of Iron Man, and his disappointment with the 2010 sequel. Even though he doesn’t spill any secrets on next year’s Avengers, the interview is still worth a look. Here’s what he said:
The first one changed everything for me and with the second ‘Iron Man’ there were certain aspects that were dissatisfying and disappointing to me but at least they lit me right…. [The first one] was a meditation on responsibility and an exploration of how a small group of people can take a two-dimensional idea and, if the winds are right, create something that makes people say, ‘That was my favorite movie of the year.’
To me, Tony Stark’s story is a karma story and a technology story. I love a good action movie — a Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise or Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson in the right spot, and you smile and say, ‘That’s what this kind of movie is all about.’ There were two times in my life I prepared for something manically, it was [Iron Man] and ‘Chaplin.’ I became the expert on this guy.
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