If Robert Downey Jr. seriously has as much pull with Marvel as we've heard, Mel Gibson may get the chance to direct [Iron Man 4](movie:886190). Marvel Studios would love another installment, but Downey Jr. will only do it if his pal Gibson calls the shots.
During a recent interview with Deadline, Downey Jr. was asked about his request for Gibson and he responded, "Correct...Why not? That [Iron Man 4] movie would be bananas."
He added to Gibson's defense,
Nobody should make a case for somebody who just wants forgiveness but hasn't changed, but he's a fundamentally different guy. I think it was just the very worst aspects of somebody's psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person. But honestly we are talking about a competitive business and it all comes down to this: because he is so gifted as a story teller and a director, I don't know that he requires some sort of mass forgiveness.
..."He and I are so similar in so many ways. He really, honestly is the first to admit his character defects and also is just a great, great collaborative guy."
You may be wondering, "Why Mel Gibson?" Well, the pals have a history. Downey Jr. and Gibson worked together in 1990's Air America and continued to be friends throughout the years. They later teamed up again in 2003 for The Singing Detective directed by Gibson. During that time, Downey Jr. was considered uninsurable in Hollywood due to his drug fueled days, but Gibson gave him a shot and reportedly paid out of pocket to have him insured for the film.
Now the tables have turned over the years. Ever since Gibson's racial outburst with a police officer and his angry rant phone call to his ex Oksana, Gibson's reputation has not been great, but with someone like RDJ by his side (as Gibson was for him), he may get a boost.
Do you think Downey Jr. has enough pull to get Gibson the job? If Gibson did get the job, would you be more or less inclined to see Iron Man 4?
If Gibson did get this opportunity, it will definitely be one of those, "It's all about who you know," moments.