Because Robert Downey Jr. it was not always the chosen one: 8 actors who almost become Iron Man

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Can you imagine a world where Tony Stark, not Robert Downey Jr.?

The history of cinema is full of lines iconic: “Here I’m looking at you, girl”. “Go ahead, brightens my day.” “I am Iron Man.”

And as with the first two, that last statement could not have been uttered by anyone other than the actor who said it, Downey Jr.

But it could have been, if Marvel wasn’t feeling adventurous and Jon Favreau he would not have gotten away with it when the time came to choose the genius billionaire Tony Stark, who designs a suit of metal flying to save the world after he is injured on the job (selling arms to people who fight endless wars) and ends it with an implant, the electromagnetic holds your heart.

Because despite the fact that Downey is the Iron Man who starred in three independent films, as well as the glue sardonic that holds together a large part of the Movie Universe of Marvel, he was not at the top of the list of anyone.

Jon Favreau, who was hired in 2006 to lead Iron Man, was the first to get excited by what may now seem the apparent inevitability of Downey as the star, but in that moment it was just a hunch that he was the right man for the job.

But, Favreau told Rolling Stone in 2008, after the movie came out and earned $ 500 million worldwide and Downey were a superstar after a hard road that included arrests shameful fueled by drugs, many court appearances, time in prison and who knows how many lost opportunities, Marvel said “under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.”

“Both of them said, ‘This is interesting'”, and then forget when it appeared the name of Downey, recalled the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Presenttalking with The Los Angeles Times.

Favreau, who also directed Iron Man 2 and played the friend and associate of Tony, Happy Hogan, in several Marvel movies, he continued advocating for him, and finally Marvel agreed to a screen test.

Obviously, after that, there was no one else.

But this was not a process that happened overnight, and there were a handful of other players that were at one time the Iron Man ideal of someone. 10 years have passed since it came out Iron Man 2still only a third of what would eventually become a series of 23 films (to date), and it is almost impossible, but fascinating, to imagine any of these guys with the suit of Iron Man , telling jokes of Tony’s romance with Pepper Potts, tutoring, Spider-Man, fights with Captain America and sliding the glove of Thanos.

Watch the video and discover other celebrity that sounded to lead this project in front of the cameras.