Christopher Nolan recently lauded the casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, labeling it as one of the most consequential decisions in movie history.
According to Variety, the acclaimed director made an appearance on The Late Show for an extensive conversation with Stephen Colbert, during which he lavished praise on his Oppenheimer co-star.
Nolan expressed his long-standing desire to collaborate with Downey, citing his "generosity" and "charisma."
The director further emphasized Downey's portrayal of Iron Man as one of the most pivotal casting choices in cinematic history, as it launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sustained its success for a decade.
Nolan expressed his attraction to Downey, “With anybody you work with, with actors…you’re looking for some kind of connection emotionally, empathetically.”
He added, “You’re looking for some kind of generosity. He has this incredible generosity of spirit. It means when he’s in a scene with other people he’s making sure they are all doing their best, that they are all able to bring their best to the table. He’s helping them clarify those emotional connections.”
“I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’ve always seen that in his work,” Nolan shared.
He continued, “And he has such charisma as Tony Stark. Him playing Iron Man is one of the most consequential casting decisions that’s ever been made in the history of the movie business. I wanted to give him the opportunity to lose himself in a part, lose himself in another human being the way great actors love him.”
For the unversed, Downey was also seeking such an opportunity. During an interview with The New York Times Magazine last summer, he confessed his apprehension about the potential impact on his acting abilities after portraying Iron Man for 11 years in the MCU.
The actor first appeared as the superhero in 2008’s Iron Man and concluded his role in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, featuring in a total of nine Marvel films.
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