HOLLYWOOD – Acting, even in commercial summer blockbusters, is not easy. Robert Downey Jr was considered talented when he was cast as Iron Man, but was hardly a phenomenon that he became later. Apart from the inner demons and Marvel Studio’s qualms he had to overcome, getting into the suit of multi-billionaire weapons manufacturer-turned-superhero wasn’t easy. Literally.
When Downey Jr donned the Iron Man suit for the first time in 2008’s Iron Man, he actually had to wear an uncomfortable metal suit. Not many know that Marvel shot the film on limited budget. It went on to become a blockbuster and became the stepping stone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Downey Jr told David Letterman on his show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, “Initially, everything was really there. They wanted to spend as little as they could on CG replacement, so I remember this helmet went on, and there’d be a shot, and I’d be in this whole suit, and they’d say: ‘Alright, Robert, it’s like you landed on the roof, so when we say action, just go like that, like you just landed, and then start moving forward.’”