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From Hollywood outcasts to Iron Man, take a look back at Robert Downey Jr.’s incredible journey

Robert Downey Jr. turns 58 today. He had a long and tumultuous career in Hollywood, marked by criticism and personal struggles. However, despite his many setbacks, he wrote one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks of the mid-2000s and, through his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), became a major Hollywood star and the highest-paid actor in the world for several years in a row. However, his path to Iron Man was not easy. In fact, he barely got any roles at all. When Marvel Studios began casting the film in the early 2000s, Downey Jr. was not on their radar.

The role was initially offered to several other actors, including Tom Cruise, who naturally became the studio’s top choice. However, Cruise ultimately turned down the role and continued searching for a leading role.

It wasn’t until director Jon Favreau joined that Downey Jr. was even considered for the role. Favreau previously worked with Downey Jr. in the 2003 film Elf and was impressed by her acting skills. Despite the actor’s reputation for drug use and legal troubles, Favreau believed he was the right actor for the role of Tony Stark.

Favreau struggled to play Downey Jr. in the film, and the studio finally agreed to give him a chance. When Downey Jr. was eventually cast in the first Iron Man film, many people in Hollywood and beyond were shocked. However, she proved her critics wrong with her performance in the movie, which was a huge success, critically and commercially. He reprised his role in several other MCU films, including The Avengers, Iron Man 2, and Avengers: Endgame.

But Downey Jr.’s success as Iron Man was not only because of his acting skills. He also brings a unique perspective to the role based on his struggles with addiction and recovery. Downey Jr. opened up about his struggles with drugs and alcohol and used the experience to solidify his role as Tony Stark, who also battled addiction in the comics. The authenticity and vulnerability of Downey Jr., in part, resonated with audiences and made him one of the most beloved characters in the MCU.

Downey Jr. helped bring the MCU into the stratosphere. The films he starred in grossed billions of dollars worldwide and helped make the Marvel Cinematic Universe the highest-grossing film franchise in history. He is also one of the highest-paid actors in the world, earning tens of millions of dollars per film.

Robert Downey Jr. Street, the road to Iron Man was long and hard. However, against all odds, he managed to become one of the biggest stars in the MCU.

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