“Look what I did. I revolutionized the industry”: Robert Downey Jr. Made a Tragic Prediction About His Own Future in Hollywood When He Was Only 23

Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Iron Man’ was the stepping stone of the revolution of Comic Book Movies in Hollywood.

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood working today. His cinematic glory was further complemented as the actor came fresh out of the 2024 Academy Awards claiming his first Oscars after being nominated three times. Of course, his recent performance in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is one of the best of his career but the credit to the actor will forever shine with golden words as he revolutionized the industry with his Iron Man role.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in the 2012 movie The Avengers.

Downey had his fair share of ups and downs but the actor almost lost the vision of his future as he was found to have indulged in some wrongdoing which even put him in jail. But the actor bounced back and with his return, he made the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a solid base which is now one of the two biggest superhero brands.

Robert Downey Jr. Candidly Reflected On His Past

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man suit

Robert Downey Jr. had a dark and grim past but the actor never shied away from openly discussing it. The actor had different options but he chose to be the actor, still, the career path has definitely predicted his future in Hollywood. “I hope not to be bitter and not to get f*cked up,” Downey told Interview as he explained his potential career option if not breathing cinema as an actor.

You think about what else you could do. I could write music; I could work with handicapped kids. But there’s something inexplicable between ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ which is a time that’s really so timeless. And I don’t want to explain it; I just like it sometimes.

There’s been maybe a combined twenty minutes of pure feeling of creative expulsion that keeps me involved in it. And I’d probably be the most unhappy veterinarian imaginable, because I’d be looking in the papers, saying ‘Oh, look, another movie triumph.’

Downey’s past may be haunting to look at but he has altered his fate at the time when even his father almost gave up hope as his son was drowning in substance abuse. We are glad that the actor found the right path and later forged himself to be one of the finest and most popular actors in Hollywood.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Revolutionary Role In Hollywood

Robert Downey Jr. in a still from Iron Man 2

Downey’s prowess is not limited to his MCU credit as Iron Man appearing in his own trilogy based on the character and the Avengers movies until the end of his tenure in the superhero brand with Avengers: Endgame.

The actor joined Marvel Studios playing the titular armored superhero Iron Man in 2008 while studio executives had less faith in him (they also had no faith in the movie). Thanks to Jon Favreau’s relentless insistence, Downey got his second chance.

The movie was also the beginning of MCU and the actor played a pivotal role in pushing the new brand to success. Iron Man was a huge hit which propelled the studio to extend the characters’ appearances more than previously thought. During his chat with Interview, the actor also hinted that he is proud of what he has become.

You think about what you want to do with your life, and you want to do the greatest things imaginable. I guess it would be great personal satisfaction, but it is just trying to leave the world with a big middle finger, saying: Look what I did. I revolutionized the industry.

Of course he did, there would not be much debate when it comes to revolutionizing Comic Book Movies with Marvel Studios. Also, Downey’s Iron Man elevated the prowess of the genre. Now, it is hard to imagine anyone else playing the iconic character despite the end of the MCU tenure of the 59-year-old.

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