Robert Downey Jr. has been a name well-liked by anyone who refers to themselves as a marvel fan. The actor who made a name in the news for his character Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise reportedly injured himself while filming a stunt scene for the climax of the last installment of the Iron Man franchise, namely Iron Man 3.
The movie production went to a halt following the injury, for which time was required for the healing period of the titular character. Later, it came to light to the producers that the injury while serious aided the production of the film allowing them time and space to make the required changes.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Reaction to the injury
It is no surprise that actors performing stunt scenes are prone to injuries now and then. May it be Leonardo DiCaprio in Django: Unchained or Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Fallout, the odds of not getting hurt in a stunt scene aren’t very favorable.
Though what comes across as uncommon is an actor’s injury making it to the final cut of the movie. As stated by book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actor fell harder on his ankle than he was supposed to, hence injuring it. This instance led to a halt in production for a couple of weeks and even when he returned, Downey Jr. wasn’t fully healed.
Downey Jr., despite the seriousness of the injury, seemed unfazed by it. The actor, in his interview with Entertainment Tonight, casually mentioned that the ankle injury was not a big deal for him. The actor’s ability to take such injuries easily depicts the dedication he has toward his character.
How did the injury help the production?
The producer of the movie, Stephen Broussard revealed that Robert Downey Jr.‘s injury to the ankle proved to be a help rather than an obstacle to the production of the movie. The halt in the production allowed Broussard, director Shawn Black, and co-writer Drew Pearce to make changes and better the film’s third act.
“We suddenly had the space and time to figure it out,” Broussard said.
Besides that, the period of halt proved useful to include Brian Tyler as Iron Man 3′s composer, who with the stretch of time, worked a better job on the film’s score.
“They’ve got a story, a never-ending story that they want to tell, and I want them to tell that, but it is breathtaking when you see somebody come in and do something different with the movie,” said Smith.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith described Iron Man 3, as one of the first auteur films, which has changed the blueprint for storytelling in MCU.
The Iron Man trilogy is available on Disney+ for streaming.