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“Don’t you wanna be in a movie that people actually see?”: Robert Downey Jr Gave Gwyneth Paltrow a Reality Check and Convinced Her to Sign With Marvel For Iron Man

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Gwyneth Paltrow, who played Pepper Potts in the Iron Man movies was convinced by her co-actor Robert Downey Jr. to join the MCU. She played the role of Tony Stark’s personal assistant, as well as a love interest to his quippy playboy persona. Both of these actors played parts in movies before that while did well in their careers, weren’t the necessary push they deserved for the potential they had as an artist.

The actors’ part in the movie, which proved to be one of the highest-grossing films of the year 2008, proved to be a breakthrough in their respective careers, whose results are still evident all over the media 14 years later.

Iron Man(2008)
Iron Man (2008)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s introduction to Marvel Cinematic Universe

Gwyneth Paltrow, who was earlier passing her days doing small roles in movies like Running with Scissors (2006) and The Good Night (2007), saw a resurgence in her career when she was offered the role of Virginia “Pepper” Potts in Iron Man (2008). The Two Lovers actor seemed hesitant to appear in a movie as big-budgeted as this one, but her concerns were handled by her leading man.

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“(Robert) was very sweet when he called me, and I think we had both kind of been doing these kind of labor of love art films that had been seen by like 16 people, and he said to me ‘Don’t you wanna be in a movie that people actually see?’” Paltrow recounted. “And I thought ‘I never thought of that!’ So, I’m really, really glad that I did it.”

Gwyneth Paltrow got famous in America
Gwyneth Paltrow

Robert Downey Jr put up a solid argument mentioning the personal evolution of his character as Tony Stark and was adamant about Gwyneth’s involvement in the movie, believing she could bring something to the table.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s reaction to the film’s success

Paltrow’s joy experienced throughout the movie was such an undeniable one that she looked forward to a sequel of the movie. She went on to be a part of the whole franchise, as well as appear in other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Spiderman: Homecoming and Avengers: Endgame to name a few.

Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Endgame
Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Paltrow’s exposure to MCU earned her an opportunity to be part of some of the biggest action films of the last two decades. The actress also expressed her pleasure about the fans loving the movie and how the whole experience of filming it made her very happy.

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Written by Saif Madre