Robert Downey, Jr. Reflects On Life After Marvel & ‘Iron Man’

Written by on July 16, 2019

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – ‘Avengers: Endgame’ marked the end of an era for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man/Tony Stark as that chapter of his character’s life came to a close after leading the Marvel Cinematic Universe for more than a decade. Since the film’s release, the actor has kept a relatively low profile and is now reflecting on the next stage of his life and career.

In an interview for ‘Off Camera with Sam Jones’, Downey remarked that his time with Marvel Studios felt like the surest thing in his lie and that it was the closest he’ll ever come to “being a trust fund kid.”

Downey played the role since 2008, when the first ‘Iron Man’ film hit theaters and instantly became a box office hit. Having played the role for ten years, the actor said that his public persona and that of Tony Stark almost seemed to merge.

He resorted to theatrical training, particularly the method of “aesthetic distance”, in order to maintain his own distinct identity and separate himself from Tony Stark as perceived in the films.

“I am not my work. I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing this character,” Downey said.

Outside of Marvel, Downey appeared in a slew of films including the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies. He has done two installments in the franchise so far and is set to return for the third film, which will open in cinemas in 2021.

The 54-year-old actor will reprise his role as the titular British detective together with Jude Law, who will reprise his role as Dr. John Watson. According to Variety, ‘Rocketman’ director Dexter Fletccher will be helming the film, stepping in for Guy Ritchie who directed the first two films.

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