‘Iron Man 3′ Five Film Facts: RDJ is Broke No More
Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Marvel Studios' 'Iron Man 3'
This weekend, "Iron Man 3" kicks off the summer movie season with a bang. The film is already well on its way to making boatloads of dough and pleasing legions of diehard fans. We all know that "Iron Man 3" will be one of the biggest hits of the summer, but here are five facts about the film you may not know, but definitely should.
Zero to Hero
1. Robert Downey, Jr. could very well be the biggest movie star in the world right now, but he certainly wasn't when Marvel was first casting Tony Stark for "Iron Man" (2008). In fact, according to Gwyneth Paltrow, Marvel didn't want him to play the part at all. "When we started the first film, Robert was in such a different place; he was very humble; Marvel did not want him; Jon Favreau had to fight tooth and nail to get him the job; he was broke," Paltrow told us during the press junket. You can see more from Paltrow (and other cast members) in our Insider Access video above.
RDJ & wife Susan Downey rolling into the Hollywood 'Iron Man 3' premiere. Photo by Getty.
2. RDJ probably doesn't worry too much about money these days. After the surprising success of the first "Iron Man," Downey reportedly renegotiated his deal to earn between 5 and 7 percent of the profits for all his future Marvel endeavors. That deal supposedly netted him upwards of $50 million for reprising the role in "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012). According to Deadline, "Iron Man 3" is on pace to make some $650 million worldwide by the end of this weekend. Considering the reported production budget is in the $200 million ballpark, RDJ stands to cash another substantial paycheck. Who knows, if he keeps playing Iron Man, maybe someday he'll be as wealthy as Tony Stark?