Is Robert Downey, Jr. Ready to Retire From The Iron Man Role?

hollywood-movie-newsFive years ago when we first saw actor Robert Downey, Jr. first play the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man, audience members around the world fell in love with his charismatic portrayal. After several films in the Marvel Universe, it seems that the actor is just about ready to move on. In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the actor didn’t hold back giving the world his honest thoughts on moving forward past his contract after Iron Man 3. For full interview hit the link. (Source: GQ Magazine)

“It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun? Because, as quiet as it’s kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood. So there’s this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I’m sensing a return to that it’s what me and the missus are doing next. It’s not unlike: I heard Brady signed on for three more years with New England, and then he’s done being a QB, because he’ll be 40. I’m 47, and I’ll be 50.”

So that’s the line in your head at the moment?

“Yeah, roughly.”

So what stops at 50? Superheroes?

“I don’t know. I don’t know. Right now I don’t have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years.”

Would you really walk away if they offer you a respectful deal for Iron Man 4, Iron Man 5?

“Here’s the thing. At whatever point I’m done with this, I’m going to have a bit of a crisis, because I probably haven’t even fully ingested how much I’ve enjoyed it, how much it’s meant. It so came out of kind of relative obscurity as this second-tier character from the Marvel universe, and I feel I was part of making it something more. But it also to me was just good filmmaking. It’s funny, people will come up to me and go, ‘Dude, how do you do it? How do you dress up and play these…?’ While whatsisname is shooting the next David O. Russell or whatever, I’m, ‘Here’s the thing, you’re either having a good time or a bad time, and you’re either doing a good movie or a bad movie.’ And I know one thing, which is that there is no guarantee that doing a movie you think is ‘important’ “—Downey enunciates the word important in a wonderfully withering way—”isn’t going to be the worst piece of tripe I’ve ever had to sit through. Or that this kind of two-dimensional genre movie I’m doing isn’t actually going to be thoroughly entertaining. Isn’t that why you went to the movies to begin with? Whatever.”

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