In an industry of fakes it's rare to hear about a genuine Hollywood friendship, but that's exactly what we heard from Mark Ruffalo about his pal Robert Downey Jr.
Yesterday it was reported that Robert Downey Jr was standing by his son, Indio Downey, after the 20 year old was caught in possession of cocaine. This is not the first time he has lent support to someone close to him...
During a Reddit AMA co-star Mark Ruffalo described their friendship.
We have a really good friendship. We've known each other since before Zodiac.
Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr have starred in FOUR movies together, the first of which was David Fincher's 2007 film Zodiac where it appears their close friendship had already long began.
And he's kind of like an older brother that I wish I had. He sort of looks out for me,
This statement is particularly poignant as Ruffalo's only brother, Scott died in 2008 after an alleged game of Russian Roulette.
No doubt at such a hard and emotional time a friendship like this would have been of great solace to Ruffalo, and it seems like their bond has only gotten stronger over the years.
I remember when the role came up in the movie, I reached out to him, I was nervous about it,
To me, Mark Ruffalo reaching out to Robert Downey Jr shows that they have such a true friendship that he knew he could rely on his friend for advice and support.
I said "I don't know if I can do this" and he said "It's alright buddy, I gotcha."
If this quote doesn't cement the image of Tony Stark being a bro and lending his complete strength and encouragement to his friend, I don't know what does.
What a stand up guy.