Robert Downey Jr. Names Make-A-Wish Kid ‘Iron Boy’ Domenic Pace An Honorary Avenger (VIDEO)
Robert Downey Jr. named Domenic Pace, a nine-year-old Australian boy living with cystic fibrosis, an honorary member of The Avengers after Pace suited up as Iron Boy and saved a “kidnapped” woman as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation event. Watch the actor’s message to the pint-sized superhero in the video below!
On Wednesday, Pace was granted his wish to become a real-life superhero when he was summoned by the New South Wales Police Commissioner to save reporter Hope Joy, who was being held hostage on Sydney’s Clark Island by supervillain Ultron. As part of the simulated scenario, Pace dressed up in an Iron Man suit and was taken by helicopter to the island, where he found Joy tied to a tree.
After saving the female journalist, Pace continued on his mission to defeat Ultron, who had escaped to the Sydney Opera House. Tons of fans cheered for the boy at Australia’s famous landmark as he defeated his nemesis and was awarded with a medal of gallantry by the NSW Police Department.
After Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man in the Marvel superhero movies, heard about Pace’s extraordinary feat, he recorded a personal Facebook message for the nine-year-old. “Hey Domenic, it’s Tony,” the actor began, referring to his character Tony Stark. “I heard you had quite the day. It’s hard work saving the world, isn’t it?”
The actor added, “I hope you had lots of fun. I’m sure you enjoyed the helicopter ride this morning. I just want to wish you the best. Keep up the good work. And listen here, I don’t do this very often, but I’m making you an honorary member of the Avengers… Because, guess what? Iron Man loves you.” Watch Downey Jr.’s message to Iron Boy in the video below!
— Make-A-WishAustralia (@MakeAWishAust) February 11, 2016