Robert Downey, Jr.: I’ll Do Iron Man 4 If Mel Gibson Directs It

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Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr. says he’s pretty much done making Iron Man movies, but would entertain doing an Iron Man 4, if Mel Gibson directed. The idea is floated when Downey, a longtime supporter of Gibson, explains why he feels the actor-director deserves forgiveness.

“He has changed so much. Nobody should make a case for somebody who just wants forgiveness but hasn’t changed, but he’s a fundamentally different guy,” Downey tells Deadline. The Marvel star believes that Gibson’s infamous ant-Semitic outburst was “just the very worst aspects of somebody’s psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person.”

Downey continues, “He has changed, but at the same time he’s still Mel,” noting, “He and I are so similar in so many ways. He really, honestly is the first to admit his character defects and also is just a great, great collaborative guy. I always say too that if you want to judge a man or a woman then look at their kids. He has the healthiest, happiest, most productive kids you could ever meet or know, and I’m fortunate to be friendly with several of them.”

“Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and is seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge,” feels the actor. Downey explains his reluctance to making an Iron Man 4: “Each one of those movies is spread over two years and some people fit other things in. But I’m not 42, I’m turning 50, and now I’ll have two small kids instead of one grown one.”

The actor notes, “It all has become this thing that has to be figured out. It has come to a head, right now, where the points of departure will be.” It’s only when Downey is asked whether he would commit to Iron Man 4 if Marvel were to let Gibson direct it that he says yes, adding “that movie would be bananas.” Indeed.

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