“Why do they keep sending me this horsesh*t”: Iron Man Star Robert Downey Jr’s Method to Saying Yes to a Movie is a Lot Difficult Than MCU Fans Think

Downey Jr. has turned down significant roles in films like Top Gun and the original Batman.

"Why do they keep sending me this horsesh*t": Iron Man Star Robert Downey Jr's Method to Saying Yes to a Movie is a Lot Difficult Than MCU Fans Think


  • Robert Downey Jr., known for his portrayal of Iron Man, is described as sarcastic, quick-witted, and funny, which reflects his on-screen character.
  • Despite facing hardships, Downey Jr. has managed to stay sober since 2003 and is praised for his work ethic and confidence.
  • He has become more selective in choosing projects, a change from his previous approach of not planning roles in advance.
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The only thing that separates Robert Downey Jr. from Tony Stark is the latter’s Iron Man suit. Like his on-screen Iron Man persona, the actor himself is sarcastic, quick-witted, funny, and always chooses the right words to describe what’s going on in his mind. Well, he did the same thing to describe how he picks his projects.

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Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

While it’s unclear where this actor gets his captivating charm from, it’s pretty well-known that he has faced hardships in life. But his determination to put his struggles behind him, Robert Downey Jr. Has managed to stay sober since 2003. Today, the actor is renowned for his work ethic and unparalleled confidence, which never fails to impress his fans across the globe.


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Robert Downey Jr. Is Very Choosey About His Projects

Robert Downey Jr. once mentioned that he’s become more choosey when it comes to picking his next project, a different approach to his previous style of not planning his roles beforehand. The actor said that he used to turn down scripts with disdain, often wondering why anyone would send him such subpar material to work with.

Robert Downey Jr in Dolittle
Robert Downey Jr in Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. said (via IMDB)

“I’ve become a picky little bitch. I’ve never bothered to plan projects before. I just used to throw the script across the room and say, “Why do they keep sending me this horseshit?” And then I’d start rehearsals two weeks later.”

After spending decades in the industry and hitting rock bottom multiple times, including waking up in unfamiliar places and spending time in jail, Robert Downey Jr. has reached a point where he has raked in fat paychecks for playing a superhero. That has earned the right and the ability to express himself without any hesitation.


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Robert Downey Jr. Turned Down Some Major Roles

Given his extensive career and his status as one of the leading men in the industry, it is pretty obvious that the actor has turned down many major roles. Many actors were in the running for the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the classic action film Top Gun. Robert Downey Jr. was also among the actors who could’ve played the fight pilot. Reportedly, Downey almost landed the iconic role, which makes it more ironic as Tom Cruise later rejected the role of Tony Stark.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. in Zodiac

The original Batman film, directed by Tim Burton, had shortlisted unconventional choices for the lead role. Robert Downey Jr. was among those actors. However, that never came to fruition. Later, Downey almost landed the lead role in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, meaning he let go of two opportunities to play iconic characters. However, Robert Downey Jr.’s powerful roles overpower the roles he turned down.

Also Read: “Every A-list actor wanted a role”: Robert Downey Jr. Did the Unthinkable for Marvel That Would’ve Become Quentin Tarantino’s Worst Nightmare Before it Went Horribly Wrong


Written by Vishal

Vishal Kawadkar is a seasoned writer specializing in writing engaging and informative content on various topics. He is a cinephile with a keen interest in sci-fi and thriller movies and TV shows. With an eye for detail, Vishal likes offering readers a fresh perspective on the latest trends and developments.