Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark and Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. PERIOD.
Back in 2007 when Iron Man was about to release, some people were in denial of Robert Downey Jr.'s casting as Iron Man but when he wore that suit and blasted those repulsor beams...eyes were wide open and mouth...shut.
Since that brilliant movie came out Marvel's bank account started filling up fast. But, is the man behind Marvel's piles of cash successful (read rich) enough?
This month's Vanity Fair boasts Robert Downey Jr. on its cover as "the highest paid actor in the world." With a payday of $50 million! To take the proverbial ride from zero to hero could spoil an actor's ego rotten, but Downey's been down this road before and he displays in the Vanity Fair interview that even Iron Man needs to check himself before he gets too egotistical. Here's what he said..
"I’ve gone from being convinced that I am the sole integer in the approbation of a phenomenon to realizing that I was the lead in the first of a series of movies that created a chain reaction that, if everything didn’t fire the way it was supposed to, there’s no operator, no anything. And you go, O.K., life is doing something here that included me but did not require me. But, yes, that role means a lot. Marvel is kind of like this sacred brotherhood."
And that, ladies and gentlemen was Robert Downey Jr.