Robert Downey Jr. sat down with the LA Times and reflected upon his past and everything it took to get him where he is today. Check out the actual article for the entirety of his reflections; while he talks about Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes and even Chaplin (but, sadly, not Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), what’s most relevant to us nerd bastards is what he had to say about Iron Man!
Basically, he admits that the first one was fuckin’ badass and the second one was a bit of a letdown. He doesn’t divulge any juicy tidbits about the next film, but it’s okay.
“The first one changed everything for me and with the second ‘Iron Man’ there were certain aspects that were dissatisfying and disappointing to me but at least they lit me right…. [The first one] was a meditation on responsibility and an exploration of how a small group of people can take a two-dimensional idea and, if the winds are right, create something that makes people say, ‘That was my favorite movie of the year.’
To me, Tony Stark’s story is a karma story and a technology story. I love a good action movie — a Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise or Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson in the right spot, and you smile and say, ‘That’s what this kind of movie is all about.’ There were two times in my life I prepared for something manically, it was [Iron Man] and ‘Chaplin.’ I became the expert on this guy.”
Source: Comic Book Movie