Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero birthday

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is planning a Captain America themed birthday this year.

The Iron Man actor turns 49 on April 4, and is arranging to spend his special day watching the new Chris Evans superhero movie.

The two stars have brought their own superhero alter egos together to shoot the second installment of the Avengers films, due out next year. Robert relished the chance to work with Chris again, and it was in fact he who urged Chris to take on the role of the all American hero in the first place.

“There was so much riding on (playing the part of) what essentially could be considered the squarest superhero in history. It was probably the most risky of the franchises we launched. I say ‘we,’ like I’m a company man, which I like to think I am. By the way, I’m a fan of his,” Robert explained to Variety.

“I’m not kidding. I’m having 50 kids over and I’m screening Captain America 2 on my birthday, which happens to be the day it opens. I haven’t seen it. That’s one of the perks of being on the inside track at Marvel. I hope it’s not watermarked too heavily.”

At one point in cinematic history it wasn’t so cool to play a superhero, but this no longer seems to be the case. The Marvel franchise has seen stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson take on the roles of some of the most iconic characters produced by comic books.

For Robert, playing wealthy industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, has seen the actor top Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. But there is a downside to the job.

“It’s kind of like having a really cool TV job. They are always hoping they don’t get picked up for another season; or they are wondering if they’re going to get picked up for another season; or they have done so many seasons, and they are already sick of doing the show, but the show is so big, it’s working well for them. Any of those three things is better than calling your agent and saying, ‘Hey, anything going on? It’s pilot season’,” Robert reasoned.

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