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Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man.

Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man.
Picture: Marvel Studios

Robert Downey, Jr. helped flip Iron Man from a Marvel hero who was pretty recognizable to an iconic hero and a giant Hollywood draw. And he did all of it with out having the ability to see.

Speaking to David Letterman for his Netflix present My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction With David Letterman, Robert Downey, Jr. shared how, within the early days of capturing the Iron Man motion pictures, there have been some distinctive challenges created by the movie’s sensible props. Specifically: they blinded him.

“Initially, every part was actually there,” Downey stated in a clip launched from the present. “They needed to spend as little as they may on CG substitute, so I bear in mind this helmet went on, and there’d be a shot, and I’d be on this complete go well with, and so they’d say: ‘All proper, Robert, it’s such as you landed on the roof, so once we say motion, simply go like that, such as you simply landed, after which begin shifting ahead.’ So I put this helmet on, and it slammed closed, and I couldn’t see something, after which these LED lights went on and it was like The Manchurian Candidate… I used to be completely blinded.”

That definitely makes appearing in elaborate motion sequences and character-heavy moments alike fairly difficult. Later, that might be a lot much less of an issue, because the Marvel Studios enterprise turned a cutting-edge driver of visible results, that means that Iron Man’s go well with, alongside just about each different larger-than-life aspect of the Marvel universe, quickly sufficient lived solely on computer systems. Which, from Downey, Jr.’s perspective, was seemingly an enormous enchancment.

“By the point we had been doing the final Avengers, they’d simply be like, ‘Hey, Robert, would you thoughts placing on—’ ‘Helmet?! No! Sure, no. Put two dots right here, after which you possibly can paint it in later,’” he stated.

The third season of My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction launches on October 21st. 


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