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Robert Downey Jr Asked This Forgotten Marvel Star With a $417M Franchise for Advice on Iron Man: “He’s an extremely multi-talented actor that I respect”

Today, we know Robert Downey Jr. as one of the leading men in the entertainment industry. His talent, charm, and on-screen presence are simply unmatchable. However, things weren’t always this way for the actor. His struggles with substance abuse and run-ins with the law filled his path to success with obstacles.
Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.
After a long time of trial and error, Robert Downey Jr. got himself a role that would turn his life around. That’s right, Iron Man (2008) turned out to be a good luck charm for the actor. From there, his career reached new heights and ever since then, he hasn’t looked back. However, it wasn’t easy to become the man who would start it all and thus, Robert Downey Jr. found himself in dire need of advice from a man who was familiar with the world of superheroes – Wesley Snipes.

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Robert Downey Jr. Tried to Seek Advice
Wesley Snipes in BladeWesley Snipes in Blade
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Everyone needs a helping hand and a few words of affirmation here and there and Robert Downey Jr. was no exception. Given the fact that the Marvel Studios weren’t too keen on hiring Downey for Iron Man thanks to his reputation back then, it couldn’t have been easy for him to jump straight into the role. He was nervous, and rightly so. Downey was coming from a rough patch in his life and although he was sober, the responsibility of being the first superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a lot.

Downey looked for help and tried to find it in Wesley Snipes who played the superhero/vampire hunter, Blade in the Blade trilogy which made a total of almost $417 million at the box office. Downey and Snipes had previously worked together in One Night Stand and US Marshals, which made Snipes the perfect actor to go for some advice. Unfortunately, the New Jack City actor was unable to be of much help. While Downey did call him, Snipes couldn’t answer the phone, and neither did he return the call. Snipes told The Telegraph,
“And I remember he actually called me, but I didn’t return the phone call at the time. Robert was concerned before Iron Man and was trying to find out what it’s like to play this comic book character, because I had already done Blade. Not to say that… OK, I’ll take all the credit for his success as Iron Man.”
However, Snipes did spare a few kind words for Downey in the interview stating, “He’s an extremely multitalented actor that I respect. I enjoyed working with him.” Snipes also revealed that Downey’s journey was an “inspiration” to him, as well as to others. He stated that what Downey went through just goes on to prove that “you can go through hell and high water, and you can have ups and downs, but there’s always a brighter day. This too shall pass.”
So while Snipes couldn’t offer Downey any advice on how to tackle the role in front of him, it looks like he has the utmost respect for him and everything he overcame. As for Downey, well, let’s just say that advice or no advice, he killed it as Tony Stark!

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The Success of the Iron Man Franchise
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron ManRobert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
Since Iron Man was going to be the first stepping stone of the MCU, things were a bit of a gamble with it. Downey once stated that the film was made in such a way that it can be written off in case it failed. In addition to that, he revealed that unlike the MCU today, Iron Man didn’t have “creatively aggressive eyes” on it which made it seem like they were doing an independent film. Here’s what the actor stated during a Q&A session with the Directors Guild of America.
“I find out more every day about how that thing was financed, it was basically ready to be written off if it tanked. And so, it was the perfect thing where there were not a lot of creatively aggressive eyes on us. And by the time they gave it to us, it was like united artists, like the lunatics took over the asylum. And I remember Jeff Bridges too, he was like, ‘Man, we’re doing a $200 million independent movie, man.’”
All the worries subsided when Iron Man actually released. Earning over $585 million at the worldwide box office, the MCU began its journey with a hit. The sequel to the film grossed over $623.9 million and Iron Man 3 became a part of the billion-dollar club as it grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Just recently, Iron Man got the honor of being listed on the National Film Registry, a list that flaunts movies that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Needless to say, Iron Man not only turned Downey’s life around but also gave way to one of the biggest superhero universes out there!
Iron Man is available to stream on Disney+.
Source: The Telegraph

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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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