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August 17, 2020 – No More Mr. Goody Two Shoes. When preparing for his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man, Downey met with director Jon Favreau in discussing the arc they wanted to take the hero on. Downey was concerned they’d follow the cliche’ of the hero becoming a nice guy with strict morals and zero development after that turn. He wanted to add more comedy while making Stark a man with questionable morals and ethics, creating a complex character with serious ego problems. This move was gold and allowed Stark to stand apart, becoming the icon he is today.  #20 Comedy Gold? Comedies don’t normally get noticed by Oscars. They couldn’t-not-look when RDJ took on a controversial role in the comedy Tropic Thunder. He’s “a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude.” And if the awe dropping role of The Joker hadn’t been that same year, Downey would have had a serious chance to take home the Oscar for Best-Supporting Actor. But the nomination is impressive enough. 

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