Robert Downey Jr. Talks ‘Iron Man 3′ Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

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RDJ Talks Recasting Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

With The Avengers nearly out the door, theatrically-speaking, the next major motion picture on Marvel’s slate is Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. and co-written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Recently, RDJ discussed the possibility of another actor replacing him as Tony Stark down the line. He also addressed the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Andy Lau.

On how he would feel if Iron Man were to be recast – courtesy of MTV – RDJ said:

“I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes. I wonder who’s playing Tony Stark next. Is it you? Is that what you’re here to tell me?”

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

On how much longer he plans to stick it out in the role:

“I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while. As usual in my book, it’s all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of [positive] reaction to, [like 'The Avengers']. If [Marve] keep[s] doing that, maybe I’ll keep showing up.”

In other words, what’re the chances that Downey Jr. gets his fill of blockbuster films – the Marvel movies and Sherlock Holmes – and decides to return to more challenging roles? We probably don’t have to worry about that for a while, of course, but the party can’t last forever.

On the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, et cetera:

“[I can’t wait to work with] any or all of them. [...] It’s funny. Sometimes you have to call for a good old-fashioned British invasion. ‘Iron Man 3′ is really shaping up to be something special. We start in a couple weeks. I’m sure I’ll be leaking secrets to you as we move ahead.”

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

On whether or not Iron Man 3 will take place, in part, in Asia, as has been speculated:

“I’d like to tell you all my secrets, but I forget them.”

While all of the Marvel standalone films have inspired a certain amount of fan hype in my heart, Iron Man 3 is the first one I’ve been extremely excited about since, well, Iron Man. That’s due primarily to Shane Black’s involvement as co-writer/director.  Of course, Black’s filmic follow-up to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang could have had nothing whatsoever to do with the Marvel universe, and I’d still be extremely excited.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Would it be acceptable to recast Iron Man a few years down the line, or is Robert Downey Jr. the only man for the job? Let us know in the comments.

Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd, 2013.


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Source: MTV [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. The odds are very much against somebody not eventually taking over the role. Look how many people have played Bond, Holmes, Robin Hood, Zorro,Tarzan, Conan, etc.. It will happen no matter what we want, but how many of us really watch a movie saying to ourselves, “this sucks, so and so isn’t playing the role of________”?

  2. I’m a movie goer who cares only for plot and the imagination. However, Robert Downey Jr. Has left a major impact on the role of iron man/Tony Stark. Any replacent actor would only be a shade of the shadow that Mr. Downey has left. He’s actually the first actor that I’ve truly noticed. Keep up the good wrk Mr. Downey

  3. Honestly to me no one will ever be able to surpass Robert in iron man kinda like how the no one will be able to surpass Christian bale as batman those are just two roles that are amazing and have left imprints on all of us

  4. Robert Downey Jr. is the only man for the part of Tony Stark/Iron man. No one can replace him.

  5. I don’t know if they should recast Tony Stark but maybe bring in Rhodie aka War Machine filling in for Iron Man long enough to forget how awesome Robert Downey Jr has been then possibly talk about recasting Tony Stark. It worked in the comic world for a while for Rhodie to dawn the Iron Man suit and fill in for Tony Stark

  6. No way, I’m a huge fan of Iron Man now, and its all because of Robert Downey Jr. If he stopped playing Iron Man my heart would break like never before. I get so sad just thinking about it! No other ‘replacement’ could get close to being as good as him. Here’s hoping RDJ stays for a long time! I love that guy!


  8. I’m a HUGE RDJ fan in general, and his turn at Iron Man has certainly left an indelible mark on my mind…but to say that NOBODY else can play Iron Man?? Well…I dunno about all that. Can’t think of any suitable replacements at the moment, but I’m sure there are a few out there…

  9. If they recast iron man to someone other than RDJ then the series will fail most people watch the movies Iron Man cause RDJ plays the part as tony stark really well i mean take the first part in Iron Man 1 where he leaves the casino and talks to the reporter no other actor could act that much of a jerk lol it was soo funny. if they take and replace RDJ Iron Man will still be watched im sure no one is replaceable however the series will lose a tons of fans and money by people saying thats not Iron Man and RDJ was better it happens each time they replace bond however RDJ has made Iron Man what it is today and i think if they replace him Iron Man will fall i know i wouldnt watch any of the new ones if the replace RDJ.

  10. Noooo don’t replace Robert Downey jr he’s too legendary and beautiful to be replaced !!! D:

  11. Robert Downey JR is Iron Man/Tony Stark if he is ever Replaced i wont be able to watch it there is no actor in the world that can play the part better then RDJ

  12. Replacement actors have always been compared to the originators of rolls. Take the Bonds, for instance; they’ve all been compared to Sean Connery, who remains in the eyes of most as THE definitive Bond. The same went for the first 4 Batman movies, where Michael Keaton WAS Batman and the two who followed him…weren’t (Until Christian Bale’s reboot, anyway).

    The same goes for Iron Man. No matter who dons the armor once Robert Downey Jr. decides he’s done, they will probably never stack up to his performance as Tony Stark, simply because he IS Tony Stark. He made the character his, and he’s now played it long enough that nobody else can ever do it justice.

  13. Honestly, when RDJ decides he’s done, how about they just don’t make any new Iron Man movies? When his contract is up, we’ll have three Iron Man solo movies and Tony Stark in at least one Avengers movie. As much as I love the character, that’s enough. Sure, I’ll be upset that there won’t be any new Iron Man movies, but I can always go back to the previous ones when I feel like seeing our favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.

    Star Wars (before the awful prequels), Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones (before the awful fourth one), Toy Story, and Nolan’s Batman are all examples of great movie series that have a definitive end. Why is this so difficult? RDJ created one of the most iconic modern movie characters in Tony Stark and it’s gotten to the point where it’s practically impossible to see someone else in the role. I know the Iron Man films make a ton of money, but you could wrap up a nice trilogy with a pretty Extremis bow and move on to something new and introduce new characters to the Marvel Movie Universe. There are several Marvel comic book characters that could potentially be turned into fantastic films.

    If you recast the role, it will end up being distracting. RDJ will cast a huge shadow over whoever takes the role and it just wouldn’t be worth it. Especially if they’re not rebooting it and trying to maintain the same continuity. It just wouldn’t be the same. Would you want someone new playing Han Solo, Indiana Jones, or Ripley? For God’s sake, Connery’s presence is STILL felt in the Bond franchise. When RDJ’s contract is up, try to bring him back for cameos/supporting roles in Avengers sequels and say Stark has retired to explain his absence.

    Same goes for all the other characters. Chris Evans signed a 6 film deal with Marvel, presumably for three Cap solo flicks and three Avengers movies. When he’s done, move on to something new instead of worrying about recasting the role. Movie series aren’t like comic books. In comics, the characters don’t age unless they have to. In movies, actors age (I’m breaking new ground here, I’m aware), and actors are a vital part of making great characters who they are. Unless they’re rebooting it (like the 2009 Star Trek), I would prefer Iron Man stays put after Iron Man 3.

    • Love this write up. EXACTLY my sentiments.

  14. Robert Downey junior is the ONLY one to play iron man ever.

  15. So…what ever happened to Black and directing the American remake of Death Note?

  16. I know I’m a little late to the party here but RDJ really transcended the character of Tony Stark. I can’t help but feel like his shoes would be impossible to fill for any replacement. Replacing him just seems like a trap for any actor.

  17. Is Robert downy jr. Playing Tony stark in ironman 3 if he dosent it won’t be as good cu only robert can play him and it wouldnt be the sane with out him! So please play Tony stark in ironman 3 Robert downy jr. I’m ur biggest fan and I hope u keep playing Tony stark!!!

  18. Honestly, I absolutely love RDJ and if he doesn’t play Iron Man in the future I think I will cry. RDJ is the best Tony Stark I have ever seen, RDJ IS Tony Stark and I don’t think any actor could ever live up to what he has done with Stark.

  19. I wouldn’t want to see iron man 3 if Robert Downy Jr is not Iron Man. It just wouldn’t be right!

  20. I grew up reading the comics I would like start off by saying. Next thing I would like to say is that Sony screwed up flavor of the comics with the poor job they did on all 3 spider man movies and the even worse x-men movies. The only roles that have been spot on so far are the avengers (even though it wasn’t the original team it still felt well rounded except for hulk… They should have tried harder for norton) and RDJ is the only man for the iron man role. He nailed tony stark beautifully and masterfully. He’s a natural in that role. Would have loved to see Donnie Chen or jet li play mandarin :) until they do a series revamp I think they have everything they need in RDJ.

  21. Quoting the actor himself, “I am Iron Man!” any actor trying to follow his performance would be committing career suicide. I’ve been open-minded in the past about other step-ins, The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman, without disappointment. But To replace Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man..? I’ll never buy that ticket!

  22. After reading this, the only thing came up in my mind is, anyone can be REPLACED. It doesn’t have to get the “just the same replica” of the first one. The only thing it might need is ORIGINALITY so people may appreciate you.

  23. Just about anyone could play Ironman, but Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark.
    His wit and timing are spot on and I don’t even want to think about anyone else trying to replace him. In my opinion when he “retires” the role it will have to be a complete revamp of the frachise. It just won’t be even close to the same product. Long live the King!!! I will be looking forward to seeing Iron Man 3 in the meantime!!!

  24. I personally couldn’t picture watching another Iron Man movie without Robert Downey Jr. He’s what drew me to the movie in the first place. The same with Sherlock Holmes, he’s spectacular in it.

  25. Marvel so better not give the Tony Stark role to someone else. Always when you watch movies, the characters dont fit the roles, like you expected them to look different which leaves you thinking the movie could have easily been better if they had other actors to fit the roles better. Robert Downey Junior is the only actor I have ever seen fit his role perfectly as Tony Stark (Ironman). So if Marvel changes the actor, I swear to God, I will kill every last bloody person who ever worked for Marvel studios.

  26. Dye hair, use a stunt double. Is it really unbelievable to think he can’t be in th role until the age of 50-55?

    • um.. he’s already in his 50s… he was in his 50s when he made The Avengers.