While there is something to be said for journalists feeling the need to ask tough questions, there are most definitely appropriate and inappropriate times to broach certain topics. Today's case in point is a TV interview with Robert Downey Jr. conducted by a UK reporter that turned a conversation about Avengers: Age of Ultron into some kind of expose on the Iron Man star's past indiscretions.
Still, RDJ did manage to address some interesting points vis-a-vis Tony Stark's similarity to his own public persona and the creation of Ultron before things took a turn for the tabloid.
First off, when asked about how much of Iron Man's arrogant, yet charming nature is something he brought to the role, Downey astutely points out that those aspects of Tony Stark were present on the pages of Marvel comics for decades before he was cast to play the character. Downey also enjoys the "metaphoric significance" of arms dealer and consummate business man Stark being forced to build something to save his own life after getting a piece of shrapnel from one of his own creations embedded within his heart.
As for the constant comparisons between the Tony Stark character and Robert Downey Jr. the man, RDJ feels that while those observations are natural to make, he no longer sees Tony as a reflection of himself. There was certainly a time early on where Downey felt the comparisons between himself and his character were far more apt, but the actor has come to realize that he is not his public persona, and that Iron Man is not a reflection on him personally.
Downey also makes an assertion that's hard to dispute, at least as far as the cinematic realm goes. RDJ believes that Iron Man/Tony Stark has become the character that most differentiates the Marvel universe from "other comic book worlds." While he stops short of specifically mentioning DC, the fairly obvious implication of Downey's statement is that the snarky attitude and playful style of Iron Man has come to represent the MCU at large, in a way that shines as a clear contrast to the more dark and brooding DC film landscape crafted by Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder.
In perhaps the most interesting tidbit from the interview, Downey delved into what he believes Tony Stark's mindset was when he embarked on the project that eventually goes awry, leading to the creation of new big bad villain Ultron. According to RDJ, Tony Stark sees The Avengers unit as a team that pretty much has to retire, sooner rather than later. The dangers they face together are of the magnitude that death seems inevitable for one or more of them, which Tony would know better than anybody after what happened to him during the fabled New York incident.
However, as much as Tony wishes that The Avengers could exit stage left, he also realizes that their universe would not be safe unprotected, leading him to attempt to create a sort of "bouncer at the door of our little planet." Of course, his work is "co-opted" for other purposes, leading to The Avengers needing to assemble in order to save humanity once again. After all, the road to hell is always paved with good intentions, even for Tony Stark.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015.
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Source: Channel 4