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Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams

Robert Downey Jr. [14]

Born:April 4, 1965 (56)
Filmography Rating:8.33 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.79 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.21 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81.62%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Heart and Souls [1993](28) => Thomas Reilly
The Incredible Hulk [2008](43) => Tony Stark (uncredited)
Iron Man [2008](43) => Tony Stark
Sherlock Holmes [2009](44) => Sherlock Holmes
Iron Man 2 [2010](45) => Tony Stark
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011](46) => Sherlock Holmes
The Avengers [2012](47) => Iron Man / Tony Stark
Iron Man 3 [2013](48) => Tony Stark
Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015](50) => Iron Man / Tony Stark
Captain America: Civil War [2016](51) => Tony Stark / Iron Man
Spider-Man: Homecoming [2017](52) => Tony Stark / Iron Man
Avengers: Infinity War [2018](53) => Tony Stark / Iron Man
Avengers: Endgame [2019](54) => Iron Man / Tony Stark
Loki [2021](56) => Tony Stark (uncredited) (archive footage)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Edward Scissorhands [1990]
  • Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005]
  • Bill Murray was also considered for the part of Zaphod Beeblebrox, along with Will Ferrell and Robert Downey Jr., but after Sam Rockwell's audition, director Garth Jennings immediately chose him.
    Iron Man [2008]
  • EASTER EGG: In the Region 1 DVD disc 1, Special Features section, there is a hidden circle icon (not Iron Man's arc generator, oddly enough) between the "Previews" and "Main Menu" items (on a DVD remote, highlight "Main Menu", then go left). Press Enter to see a video of Stan Lee and Robert Downey Jr. discussing Lee's cameo in the film.
    Iron Man 2 [2010]
  • Robert Downey Jr. recommended screenwriter Justin Theroux, who did Downey's Tropic Thunder, to Jon Favreau to write the film's script.
    Legend: Director's Cut [2001]
  • Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Jack.
    Legend: U.S. Release [1985]
  • Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Jack.
    Legend: Ultimate Edition [1985]
  • Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Jack.
    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge [1985]
  • Robert Rusler auditioned for the role of Ron Grady on the last day of shooting Weird Science. Robert Downey Jr. drove him to the audition.
    Sherlock Holmes [2009]
  • In the stories, Holmes is described to be an expert in Baritsu. In the film, however, the martial art that Holmes used is the Wing-Chun Kung Fu (famously used by Ip Man Yee and Bruce Lee). Robert Downey Jr. is a practitioner of the art in real life and the fight scene between him and David Garrick at Punchbowl Pit was coordinated with the help of his trainer.
  • Robert Maillet accidentally knocked out Robert Downey Jr. while filming a fight scene.
  • Robert Downey Jr. read many [Sherlock Holmes] stories and watched [The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes] in order to learn more about the character.
  • Rachel McAdams, Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. reportedly did most of their own stunts.
    Heart and Souls [1993]
  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey Jnr Film Guide website: "Ron Underwood really attracted me to Heart and Souls. It's a character-driven film about sacrifice-the sacrifices people make for one another, and the sacrifice you have to make to find any semblance of bliss. And then there's Thomas whose head is spinning from the realization that these souls are real, and he's going to have to bend a little to make room for them ... Real fine, San Francisco, lots of money. Probably one of the best times in my life. Good movie ... It's a fun movie, in which I only have to wear one costume. Even my hair stays the same in the whole movie, and the only thing I had to do was act. So that was a piece of cake".
  • One of two 1993 feature films featuring actor Robert Downey Jr. which were first released in this year. The other picture was Robert Altman's Short Cuts.
  • The picture was nominated for ten Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Saturn) Awards including Best Fantasy Film and two nominations each for Best Supporting Actor and Actress but the film only won just the one Saturn Award, for Best Actor - Robert Downey Jr..
  • Star Robert Downey Jr. has also worked with Alfre Woodard on The Singing Detective, with Elisabeth Shue on Soapdish and with Tom Sizemore on Natural Born Killers.
    Cowboys & Aliens [2011]
  • Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Zeke Jackson (a "former Union army gunslinger"), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Within the month, the character was then re-named Jake Lonergan, re-written to be an outlaw, and Downey, Jr. was replaced with Daniel Craig.
    The Avengers [2012]
  • Originally Joss Whedon had not intended the film to include supporting characters from the heroes' individual films, reasoning "You need to separate the characters from their support systems in order to create the isolation you need for a team." However, he eventually decided to cast Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany and Gwyneth Paltrow (Paltrow was cast at Robert Downey Jr.'s insistence).
  • The final end credit scene was added after Robert Downey Jr.. encouraged a scene rewrite: after Tony Stark falls back to Earth, he originally awakens and asks, "What's next?". Robert Downey Jr. thought the line could be more interesting, and the idea of going to a local shawarma restaurant was born. The scene was added one day after the global premiere. Since then, shawarma sales in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Boston have reportedly skyrocketed.
  • Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that's his actual food he's offering and when he was eating, it wasn't scripted. He was just hungry.
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011]
  • Due to Warner Bros.' fast-tracking of this sequel, director Guy Ritchie was forced to drop out of Lobo, while Robert Downey Jr. was forced to drop out of Cowboys & Aliens.
  • Robert Downey Jr. came up with the idea for the disguise as a cross-dresser, which was originally a priest. Whether Downey knew it or not, in {The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone} Holmes is in fact said to have disguised himself as an old woman.
    Iron Man 3 [2013]
  • Near the beginning of the movie you see Tony Stark strike a mook jong or wing chun wooden dummy. Robert Downey Jr. has been training in wing chun for several years under Sifu Eric Oram and has also used it in Sherlock Holmes. He has also stated he will be testing for his black belt soon.
  • Jude Law (Robert Downey Jr.'s co-star in Sherlock Holmes and Gwyneth Paltrow's co-star in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) was considered for the role of Aldrich Killian.
  • Robert Downey Jr. pushed to get Gwyneth Paltrow to have some action scenes, and [?] Kevin Feige approved: "We are bored by the damsel in distress. But sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with 'Is Pepper in danger or is she the savior?' over the course of this movie."
  • The film's post-credits scene was originally meant to have Tony Stark blasting off into space to meet the Guardians of the Galaxy. Iron Man was going to have a cameo role in Guardians of the Galaxy (in homage to his being the Guardians' latest member in the comics), but this was scrapped when Robert Downey Jr. said he may not reprise his role as Tony Stark in the future. Instead, Bruce Banner appeared in the post-credits scene.
  • Including the bonus post-credits scene in The Incredible Hulk, this is Robert Downey Jr.'s fifth portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. This briefly tied him with Hugh Jackman's and Samuel L. Jackson's record of theatrical appearances as a comic character; however, Jackman retook the record less than three months after IM3's release with his role in The Wolverine.
  • The attack on the Chinese Theatre also holds a special significance, as Firepower is sitting right next to the hand-prints and signature of Robert Downey Jr.
  • The first day Robert Downey Jr. and Sir Ben Kingsley met on set, they snapped a photo together to send to director and mutual friend Lord Richard Attenborough.
    Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015]
  • After this film and Avengers 3, Robert Downey Jr. was going to retire from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he later signed on for Captain America: Civil War.
    Megamind [2010]
  • Both Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. were approached for the role of Megamind, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Stiller, however, appears in the role as Bernard the curator.
    Captain America: Civil War [2016]
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s personal trainer Eric Oram stated that the trick to pitting Captain America against Iron Man "is to show Iron Man using the minimum force necessary to win the fight, and not to look like he's trying to go wild and kill somebody."
  • Alfre Woodard has a cameo as Miriam Sharpe, the mother of an American citizen killed in the battle of Sokovia. Woodard was suggested for the role by Robert Downey Jr., before Marvel Studios learned of her casting as Mariah Dillard in [Luke Cage].
  • Tom Holland commented on how intimidated he was when he came to screen test for Spider-Man, saying that Robert Downey Jr. took him aside and said, "Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It's nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we'll just start again. No pressure."
  • Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) remarks how attractive Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is. Downey and Tomei actually had a relationship in the 1990s, and appeared in two other films together: Chaplin and Only You.
  • The day before filming a fight scene with Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan sent him a video of himself doing intense bicep curls in front of the decapitated head of an Iron Man suit. He attached the message, 'Looking forward to our scene tomorrow Robert.'
  • Chris Evans injured his arm muscles while filming the iconic shot of Captain America holding back a helicopter with his hands. Evans said, "That shot is a little bit of bicep porn. 'Zoom in on the biceps' - that's what the script said. [?] Kevin Feige didn't airbrush my biceps, that's me. It's not a utilitarian shot, it's a shot where you're trying to look heroic. That position (of holding the helicopter with one hand and the ledge with another) is actually a very unnatural position to use to stop something but we used it because I have to flex my bicep, you are trying to make the scene look great. And I genuinely messed my arm doing that shot because of the strain." Robert Downey Jr. joked that the film-makers didn't mind that Evans hurt himself because of how great the shot turned out and they have been using it to promote the film ever since. Anthony Russo revealed that the iconic shot almost did not happen because on the day of the film-making there was a miscommunication with the costume department and Evans came in wearing a thick jacket. They immediately sent him back to change because then they wouldn't have been able to film the shot of his muscles bulging as intended in the script.
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans described the dynamic between Iron Man/Tony Stark and Captain America/Steve Rogers as a marriage, saying, "We love each other, but it's explosive. You're working toward the same goal, but you have very different approaches to it. It's blurry, and that's what makes it great; no one's right, no one's wrong. It's going to make it even harder for them to come to an agreement."
  • Logan Lerman and Dylan O'Brien were considered for the role of Peter Parker. The reported six finalists were Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, [?] Judah Lewis, [?] Matt Lintz, [?] Charlie Plummer, and [?] Charlie Rowe before Holland was cast. The finalists for the role did separate screen tests with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., with the intent of seeing whose chemistry fit the best with both Evans and Downey.
    Oz the Great and Powerful [2013]
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp were both offered the role of Oz. Downey wasn't interested; Depp liked the role but was already committed to The Lone Ranger.
    The LEGO Movie [2014]
  • Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale at one point were considered to reprise the role of Batman. Emma Stone and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the leading roles. Denzel Washington was considered to voice Vitruvius.
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman [2014]
  • Robert Downey Jr., Kelsey Grammer, and Geoffrey Rush were considered for the role of Mr. Peabody. Downey was cast, but had to back out, due to scheduling conflicts.
    Avengers: Infinity War [2018]
  • Before the film was released, there was much fan speculation that either Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) or Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) would die in this movie since it was known their contracts were not extended past the end of the Avengers series. Ironically, they are two of the very few characters who are not killed. In fact, with the exception of the off-screen Clint Barton/Hawkeye's status unknown, all of the original Avengers featured in The Avengers are shown having survived at the end of this film.
    Captain Marvel [2019]
  • Jude Law took counsel from his Sherlock Holmes (2009) co-star Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe], on appearing in this movie. Law stated, "He talked a little bit about how making a [Marvel Cinematic Universe] movie is fitting this one piece into a bigger picture, and giving yourself over to that. It's not about trying to understand everything. Just do your piece."
  • This film adds the seventh and eighth actor from a [Sherlock Holmes franchise] to appear in the MCU: Jude Law joins his own Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr.; Benedict Cumberbatchand Martin Freeman; and of course, John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Holmes & Watson (2018)). Rachel McAdams (from Doctor Strange (2016)) was also a part of the Robert Downey Jr., [Sherlock Holmes franchise]. Gemma Chan also appeared as Soo Lin Yao in Sherlock: The Blind Banker (2010). Sir Ben Kingsley played a brainier Dr Watson in Without a Clue (1988).
    Avengers: Endgame [2019]
  • Robert Downey Jr. hid his own personal snacks all over set. The scenes where he's eating snacks and offers them to his costars were all improvised.
  • Robert Downey Jr. officially surpassed Hugh Jackman's record for most appearances in film as the same superhero, with ten. He set this record in only 11 years, whereas Jackman did it in 17.
  • Robert Downey Jr. once told Anthony Russo and Joe Russo about how one of his children said "I love you 3000" to him. The directors liked the phrase so much that they decided to include it in the film.
    Quotes From/About Robert Downey Jr.
    Robert Downey Jr.I loved it, it's such fun. I like that people are seeing it and then talking about it. Like when I took my son and his friends to see Napoleon Dynamite last year, we spent the next six weeks trying to explain it.