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After Losing Iron Man to Robert Downey Jr, Tom Cruise Wants to Join $25 Billion Marvel Universe Under Some Conditions: “I don’t rule out anything”

Tom Cruise is the premiere action hero of Hollywood. While he has jumped from buildings and hung from planes, he still hasn’t put on a superhero suit. However, he once had the chance to do so. Cruise was offered the role of Tony Stark/ Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the role went to Robert Downey Jr. If he had taken the role he would be part of a franchise that has grossed upwards of $28 billion worldwide till now. However, the star is still open to superhero roles, but under a condition.
Tom Cruise Is Open To Playing A Superhero
Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
When the MCU was just taking off, Tom Cruise was offered the role of Tony Stark. But he turned the role down. The first Iron Man film grossed $585 million, while the next two in the trilogy raked in $629 million and $1.2 billion respectively. However, the Mission: Impossible star hasn’t written off starring in superhero movies altogether. In an interview with Phase Zero back in 2018 during the CinemaCon promotions for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the star said he hasn’t ruled anything out and all that matters is if the role interests him.

As per the Top Gun star:
“I look at a movie and think, you know, I don’t rule anything out, it’s what’s the story? What’s the character? Does it interest me? Do I feel this is what an audience would like to see me in? What can I learn? What can I contribute? That’s really how I look at things.”
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Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
But the actor has nothing but positive things to say about Robert Downey Jr., who ultimately played the role. Cruise said:
“I love Robert Downey Jr. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role and I think it’s perfect for him.”

While it’s interesting to imagine how the MCU would have turned out with Cruise as Tony Stark, it can’t be denied that Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for the role of the millionaire hero. But why did Cruise turn down the film in the first place?
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Why Did Tom Cruise Turn Down Iron Man?
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron ManRobert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
In an IGN interview, Tom Cruise admitted that he didn’t take on the role of Iron Man/ Tony Stark because he didn’t feel like he was a good fit for that part. As per the 60-year-old actor:
“[Marvel Studios] came to me at a certain time and, when I do something, I wanna do it right. If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it’s gonna be something special. And as it was lining up, it just didn’t feel to me like it was gonna work. I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, it just didn’t go down that road that way.”

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Cruise’s hesitation is understandable. After all, the MCU didn’t even exist back then. It was the first Iron Man movie that lit the spark which birthed an entire universe of superheroes. However, the production team on the first film didn’t exactly have everything planned out either. During an interview with InContention, Jeff Bridges, who played Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger in the first Iron Man film, said that there wasn’t even a script for the movie. As per Bridges:
“They had no script, man. They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn’t know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, ‘You got any ideas?’ Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on.”
It’s hard to imagine Cruise in a setting where everyone is improvising rather than ready to shoot and on top of the production at all times. However, fans of the MCU would still love to see the top action star of Hollywood suit up as a superhero someday.

Source: Phase Zero

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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