Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feez later revealed the biggest risk he took during the production of the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is casting Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark or Iron Man. That says something. Contrary to the belief that MCU movies run on an established formula, writers and directors have taken many creative risks in its 13-year history.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, Feez said, “I was lucky to be involved in early Spider-Man movies and X-Men movies. But we wanted to make an Iron Man movie. And I still think, the biggest risk – it’s worse to say now – is that casting Robert Downey Jr. is the biggest risk and the most important thing in the founding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without Robert, we would not be sitting here today. I really believe that. “
It is easy to forget now that Downey Jr. was one of the biggest actors in the world when he was not very popular at the time. Not because of a lack of talent, but because of his history with drugs and alcohol.
Jon Favre, director of the first two Iron Man films, reveals in an Rolling Stone interview that Marvel is flat out Robert Downey refused to hire Jr. Marvel’s response was, “Under no circumstances are we willing to hire him at any cost.” He also called Robert Downey Jr. and said it was unlikely to happen. “I fought, I tried, I did what I could, it’s a pity and a shame, but unfortunately it stops here,” Favreau told the actor. However, Downy insisted, “With your permission, I’m going to keep the hope alive.”
In an interview with 100.3 Jack FM, Favro named Downey Jr. Best Actor for the role. “We didn’t want to go with a safe choice. The best and worst moments in Robert’s life are in the public eye. He had to find the inner balance to overcome the obstacles beyond his career. It’s Tony Stark. Just one of the best actors. “
Eventually, Marvel Studios offered and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. He completely played himself in a role where people struggle to understand where Tony Stark ends and Downey Jr. starts.