Superhero alter ego Tony Stark likes to mess with the press. In Iron Man, he made them all sit on the floor, then he made a spontaneous confession to being Iron Man. Perhaps taking a cue from his on screen alter ego, Robert Downey Jr. riffed with the real press corps at a press conference for Iron Man 2.
Asked if he’d ever dressed up as a superhero in his childhood, Downey took a shot at his own reputation. “Growing up, no, but in my mid-30s in Palm Springs, right before an arrest, yes,” Downey said. “It was a premonition.”
Asked to share his definition of a hero, Downey ribbed his co-star, Gwyneth Paltrow and her website Goop.com. “I think a hero is someone who, if they’re abroad or traveling, they go to the Goop website to find out what restaurants to go to, what clothing shops they might enjoy, and what sights they should see,” Downey said. “They do that not fearlessly, but they do it in spite of their fear.”
Asked about the pressures of making a sequel, Downey was sure to mention his co-stars’ previous efforts. “Scarlett Johansson was in Home Alone 3,” Downey said. “Don Cheadle, [Oceans] 11, 12 and 13.”
There are even some rumors about his next projects that Downey was asked to address. Could he be the new Vampire Lestat, the Anne Rice vampire first controversially played by Tom Cruise? “Anything that’s going on, just imagine it’s been offered to me,” Downey said.
The one time Downey gave a serious answer about Tony Stark’s motivations and conflicts in Iron Man 2, a set design accident stopped him. The Iron Man 2 banner hung behind Downey and his costars fell, cueing Downey to shut up. “I was actually getting bored talking,” Downey said.
Iron Man 2 opens May 7.