Stan Lee On Why Robert Downey Jr. Was Meant To Play Iron Man

Iron-Man-3-slotsMarvel Legend Stan Lee has always shown his vocal support and appreciation of the many actors and talent involved with various Marvel movies. Recently, Lee appeared at Rhode Island Comic Con and during his panel, he shared his absolute love for actor Robert Downey Jr. who plays Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the Iron Man, Avengers franchises and more.

“That man was born to be Iron Man, you know? He would be on the top of the list. But I have to say, whoever does the casting for Marvel is a genius. For instance, I can’t picture anyone being better than Thor. Captain America? You couldn’t beat him. I think of all of them, when Robert Downey Jr. played Stark, he was just great.”

He also shared a recent interaction with Downey Jr. where the actor made another impression on Lee.

“I will tell you something about him. I walked up to him the other day and said, “You know, everyone calls you Robert because your name is Robert. Do they ever call you Bob?” He said “Oh I don’t care. They can call me Bob or Rob or Bobby or Boo-Boo.”

Source: YouTube (via Rhode Island Comic Con)

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  • Darthmanwe

    Heh, he is a cocky alcoholic with a sarcastic streak himself, ofc he was meant to play Tony :)

    • God Save Ukraine

      MCU’s Tony Stark is not an alcoholic. Movies never explored that aspect.

      • Matias Gagliardone

        They did TRY in Iron Man 2

  • God Save Ukraine

    I guess Stan can’t remember that the way he personified Tony Stark in the original ToS comics was vastly different from how Downey Jr. plays him. In the original comics, Stark was deadly serious and completely humorless. Which is antithetical to how Downey Jr. plays him. But the man is old, so I can’t tell if he even cares (or simply remembers) at this point how he wrote all these characters back in the day.