Saturday, September 30, 2006

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark / Iron Man

Although I learned this yesterday, I was waiting for 100% confimation (like Jon Fraveau's blog), that Robert Downey Jr. who earned an Oscar nomination for Chaplin, has won the title role in Paramount's big-screen version of Marvel Comics' Iron Man.

Picture: Artists impression of Downey with Tony Stark's 'tache.

Producer and Marvel Entertainment exec Kevin Feige advised "We looked at everybody, and we found the best person for the role. It's as confident a casting move as we've ever done. The proof will be in the pudding, but he is Tony Stark." Apparently Downey worked out and grew a goatee to convince the filmmakers that he was the right man for the job.

The movie will reportedly be a contemporary version of Iron Man's origin story, set in the present rather than the character's Vietnam-era roots and the production is preparing for a February 2007 start in L.A.

Personally, I'm overjoyed at the news, while no saint in many roles on screen (and even worse off-screen), Downey always demands my attention when on celluloid in everything from the hilarious farce of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to the actioneer U.S. Marshals. He was actually one of my original speculative choices for Iron Man along with Johnny Depp, Matthew Perry and Joaquin Phoenix.

And look at it this way: at least Downey can claim his next round of substance abuse as "method-acting" for the sequels- LOL

Sources: AICN, IGN, John Fraveau himself

10 comments:

Mark said...

He'll be good. He can do Stark as an arms dealing misanthrope & self loathing drunk.

seeker of wisdom said...

www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/738ijawx.asp
I brought it to you first. Days and days ago

Seeker of Wisdom said...

oh

seeker of wisdom said...

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I found this quite illuminating

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and well worth a read. It was predicted with some accuracy 10 years ago by this
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seeker of wisdom said...

OOOOOOOOOoops should be hezbullah. I forgot the "h" at the end in the last message

Lt. Colonel Creedon said...

And your opinion of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Seeker?

Former Grunt said...

They're casting a drunk to play a drunk! That's inspired. I guess since Oliver Reed died the mantle of Hollywood drunk has fallen on poor Bob Downey.

sith apologist said...

Colonel, why not CG yourself a moustache for comparison?

Lt. Colonel Creedon said...

You want to see me in a moustache? Would that turn you on?
Get Steve to do it and compare with a moustached Jack Black or someone- he hasn't done that shit in a while but his skills are growing.

Anonymous said...

jesus,man i saw you on fox news when i was in the pub in New York.i jumped up in the middle of the bar and said thats my buddy!!!!
Lets just say i ended up in the drunk tank with a load of bums.You have a lot to answer for when i get back tuesday.Ian "Sore Arse" Harrington signing off.