Marvel Studios’ had to use CGI for Robert Downey Jr.’s final scene in Iron Man 3.
The third installment of the Iron Man film series concluded with Robert Downey Jr.’s undergoing surgery to remove the shrapnel near his heart and vowing to scale back on his superhero exploits. As he stood among the ruins of his destroyed home, Stark threw the chest arc reactor that had been keeping him alive before the surgery into the sea and noted that even without technology, he will always be Iron Man.
However, fans might not have noticed that the scene featured a CG version of Robert Downey Jr. due to an injury the actor sustained while filming Iron Man 3. By using facial captures collected afterward and using them to insert a digital version Robert Downey Jr. onto a body double, the filmmakers were able to compensate the actor’s inability to shoot the aforementioned closing scene.
Check out a close-up look at the CG version of Robert Downey Jr. in the post below.
hi yeah, did you know that entire last scene of iron man 3 marvel made a cgi rdj and imposed it onto a body double because rdj was injured while shooting. pic.twitter.com/uLnzNJdkST
— amy (@endgamevalkyrie) April 15, 2020
Here is the official synopsis for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3:
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man.
Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stéphanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley.
Iron Man 3 is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.