Did You Know Tom Cruise Was Offered Iron Man Before Robert Downey Jr?

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Tom Cruise thought that ‘Iron Man’ franchise has no future

The legendary actor, Tom Cruise has played multiple iconic roles in his life and so It’s no surprise that the creators of ‘Iron Man’ wanted to cast him as their lead, Tony Stark. This exemplary role was later given to actor Robert Downey Jr, however, the Marvel Cinematic Universe did not want that at all. Back in 2008, when Marvel started its franchise with the very first Iron Man movie, Cruise was first approached to play the lead, however, the ‘Mission Impossible’ star refused to take it since he thought that this franchise wouldn’t work.

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In an interview during that time, Tom Cruise talked about being offered to play Iron Man. “It’s not happening. Not with me, no … They came to me at a certain point and, when I do something, I wanna do it right,” he said. “If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it’s gonna be something special. And as it was lining up, it just didn’t feel to me like it was gonna work. I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, and it just didn’t go down that road that way.”

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Why did Marvel not want Robert Downey Jr?

At the same time, when all of this was in the process, Robert Downey Jr was himself struggling a lot and so Marvel did not want him. During that time, the ‘Avengers’ fame was going through a hard time dealing with alcohol and drug addiction and was even arrested for drug possession. And so, Marvel studio was determined to not give him the role. However, director Jon Favreau, who also played the role of iron man’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan, in the film, fought for his casting continuously for months. In a Rolling Stone interview, Jon recalled being told by Marvel that, “under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.”

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He also shared his conversation with Downey from that time when he told him, “I fought, I tried, I did what I could, it’s a pity and a shame, but unfortunately it’s going to stop here.” Downey, however, said, “With your permission, I’m going to hold out hope.” Well, finally Favreau was able to cast Robert as ‘Iron Man’ and the rest is history. Marvel franchise is now a billion-dollar franchise and it all began from ‘Iron Man’ and the man behind that role, Robert Downey Jr, who according to Jon, “connected effortlessly with Iron Man because their redemption arcs were eerily similar.”

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Well, Tom Cruise might have missed the chance of being in the most popular franchise and being the favorite superhero ‘Iron Man’ to many, but he has still done some commendable roles in his career. The 59-year-old actor has been a part of movies like Edge Of Tomorrow, Top Gun, Mission Impossible, and Jerry McGuire and will soon be seen in his upcoming movies later this year. At the same time, Robert has now probably ended his story with Marvel as his character Tony Stark aka Iron Man sacrificed his life while saving others in the ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

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