“In the casting of Robert [Downey Jr.], he was definitely what you would call a ‘non-starter’ for them [Marvel].  They said, ‘who’s your first choice? You can have anybody. Marvel movies are sold based on the costumed hero, so we don’t have to pay anybody and the good news for you is you have the freedom to cast whoever you want.’  

I wanted Robert and they went, ‘well that’s a problem.’

I knew in my heart from talking to the guy, I knew what he’s endured in his life, and he was the guy.  And he really, really wanted it, really bad.   I told him – after going round and round and using every trick that I had to get him hired, every piece of political capital that I could trade in and use as leverage – it just was not gonna happen.

I finally called him and said, ‘Robert, I don’t really know you, I just met you once in the office.’  We really connected in that meeting and I was a fan of his work.  I had to call him back a couple of weeks later and said: ‘Look, I really want you for this but it’s just not gonna happen this time around. That’s how it goes.’

Robert said, ‘I understand but with your permission, I’d like to hold out hope.’

And I said, 'Well, alright, I’ll hope as long as you do.’

Finally I saw an opportunity because … Marvel was not meeting that much responsiveness to people wanting to be in the film.  So circumstances conspired and there was an opening, and their clock was ticking down. And I was finally able to get Robert to screen-test.  

I said (to Marvel):  'Let’s just put him on film. The other guys that you’re thinking of, let’s put them on film, and I’ll put Robert on film.’ 

Then it happened.  Robert just blew the doors of the place and no one can argue.”

JON FAVREAU, on the difficulties he encountered with getting Robert Downey Jr. cast as Tony Stark (September 6, 2008).


SO….This just happened!! Unbelievable! So many hearts helped to make this possible, especially the kids and staff at Grossmont High School! Thank you ALL! We love you! And, a heartfelt thank you to Gwyenth, Robert, and Chris for this beautiful gift to Ryan. We are forever grateful. There simply are no words….just amazing! ❤ #‎RyanStrong‬ ‪#‎TeamCap‬ ‪#‎TeamIronman‬ ‪#‎TeamPepperPotts


iwantcupcakes’ Iron Man random junk giveaway

In brief– I’m a huge RDJ fan who consequently started acquiring Iron Man-related things because Downey. I’m moving and am getting rid of some things that I don’t want, so my loss is your gain.

All of these are new or unused, even those without the original tags/packaging.

  • Stark Industries snap-back baseball cap (not the New Era/59fifty one)
  • Stark French Roast single-serve coffee cups (1 box = 10 cups)
  • Captain America: Civil War - Cap 11″ x 16″ character poster
  • The Avengers eagle gray stereo headphones
  • Iron Man flashlight
  • Iron Man 3 puzzle pen
  • Iron Man pez dispenser
  • Iron Man M&M dispenser
  • Iron Man auto decal sticker
  • Iron Man Pop Spinners lollipop
  • Iron Man single pair knee-high socks
  • Iron Man circular rubber keychain
  • Iron Man plush bedroom slippers
  • Iron Man iPhone lightning cable
  • Iron Man cord scaler by Neca
  • Iron Man helmet/head plush
  • Avengers: Assemble bounce ball
  • Avengers: Assemble Hulk Easter Egg
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron plastic bucket
  • Marvel Legends Iron Man Mark 43 figure
  • Hasbro Iron Man Mark 43 toy
  • Hasbro Hulk and Hulkbuster figures (removed from packaging)
  • Pop Secret popcorn individual packets, Civil War promo (4)
  • Iron Man candy dispenser audio (the tag came off so IDK how this works)
  • EXTRAS:  Gotham lanyard (2), Groot button, Think Geek’s “Geek and Proud” button

Items as pictured above. The Cap poster is in the cardboard tube at the top of the 2nd pic and looks like this).  In order to enter–  

  1. Reblog this post.
  2. Ideally must be 18 or older.

Please, I really don’t want folks to click the “follow” button just because I’m giving away free shit.  Following me is absolutely NOT REQUIRED to enter (admittedly it’d be kinda neat if you are).

(If you love RDJ, it might not be a bad idea to follow me or at least rdjnews.) 

Winner will be chosen on 6/26/2016 randomly by myself and I’ll check the winner’s blog.*** Winner must provide mailing address ASAP via message/email so the package is shipped on 6/28 before I leave town.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Civil War in a summary
  • Steve:Bucky's my friend
  • Tony:so was I
  • Bucky:did anyone see my plums?
  • T'challa:Barnes' mine
  • Vision:I think I'm having crush on a girl but I think she's too old for me...nah it doesn't matter anyway though I was only born like a year ago.
  • Clint:wtf am I doing here? I've decided to retire,haven't I?
  • Wanda:shit! A young boy seems to be very fond of me. Gotta blast.
  • Tony:why Steve? After all these good old days?
  • Natasha:phew! Banner is not here. I don't have to be flirty and behave like a hoe anymore.
  • Bucky:I remember your mom, Steve
  • Peter:hey guys,I'm just a teenager and everything is too cool for me. Shit!

“Robert Downey Jr. is our best actor who hasn’t won an Oscar. I’d make that argument right now.  You know, the fact that he hasn’t is kind of amazing … Who’s better than Robert Downey Jr. when he’s at his best?

… I think Downey could’ve won for the first Iron Man.  Tony Stark is probably the most interesting alter-egos of all superheroes, when you think about it … Tony Stark is fascinating. You could do a whole movie about him and he never puts on the Iron Man costume and he would (still) be a fascinating character.”

Film critic RICHARD ROEPER, in a discussion of the best actors currently in the business (June 29, 2016)