Robert Downey Jr. talks 'Iron Man 3' kid, lederhosen: 4 questions
Robert Downey Jr. recently sat down with OTRC.com to discuss "Iron Man 3," franchise newcomer and child star Ty Simpkins and his recent global press tour for the movie, during which he debuted a bold fashion choice.
This is the 48-year-old actor's fourth time playing Iron Man and alter ego and billionnaire Tony Stark, a role he portrayed in the first two "Iron Man" films and Joss Whedon's hit superhero ensemble blockbuster "The Avengers." In "Iron Man 3," Simpkins, 11, plays newcomer Harley, Stark's sidekick, and is the first child to be featured prominently in the film franchise.
Check out 4 things OTRC.com correspondent George Pennacchio of parent company KABC Television discussed with Robert Downey Jr. ahead of the May 3 release of "Iron Man 3."
1. I love the interaction you have with his child in the movie. This kid is really good. When you're working with a kid, do you silence a little of what you do or is it all on the table?
"Ty Simpkins is the very best kind of young actor you could want to work with. He's not precotious, he's very flexible but he's also a kid."
"Tony Stark and Harley in 'Iron Man 3' is really, in some ways, the heart of the movie. Shane Black, our director, wanted this kind of Capra-esque departure from 'The Avengers' into Tony and the heartland of America and so Harley, Ty Simpkins really embodies that."
2. You're been to like 10 countries. I don't care how luxurious the flights may be, it still has to be exhausting ...
"I just consider this [Los Angeles] my seventh market. I also happen to live here. When you love what you do and it's well-received ... for every 49 percent you put out, you get back 51 and it's just those little seconds and inches and enjoyment and audience reaction. And people really like 'Iron Man 3' and that's such a relief."
Downey Jr. recently flew aaround the world to promote the film, accompanied by co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Stark's love interest Pepper Potts, as well as his wife and production partner, Susan.
They visited countries such as South Korea, France, England (see photos), Russia and Germany, where the actor wore traditional German lederhosen (see photos) to honor his
3. Is the welcome universal no matter where you've gone or is one country a little bit different in what they enjoy?
"Every country has been humbling to me in just the swathes of humanity and particularly the kind of youngsters that come out and they're very passionate about these characters and this genre and this franchise. Korea just blew my mind, China was a life-changing experience, Russia, I actually got to stop, just for a second, and go soak up some culture there."
"I was in Germany on my mom's birthday and she has a lot of German blood, so I wore lederhosen in her honor. Paris, met up with the family, got to hang out a bunch. You can't beat Paris. London's my home away from home with the 'Sherlock [Holmes] franchise. And now here we are, like I said, in my seventh market."
4. I'm watching the special effects here and you're standing like this and things are just all attaching to you -- I don't know if that is all added later ... there's a lot of movie magic here and I don't think you can close your eyes and picture what it's really going to look like until it's on screen.
"No, it is about faith but it worked out pretty good the first time and by the time 'Avengers' came out, I was like, 'Wow, that turned out a lot better than I thought it was gonna.' You have to suspend your own disbelief in order for the audience to. And I found, all these years later, that it's easier just to do all the jerks yourself than have some poor guy or gal pulling on a rope for two hours. It's just like, 'Give them a break, I know what to do here."Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).