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Robert Downey Jr.’s Ankle Injury On ‘Iron Man 3’ Ensured Tom Cruise Would Risk Losing Millions Of Dollars While Performing Dangerous Stunts

Back in 2008, Disney experimented with the Marvel comics starting off with ‘Iron Man’, and it owns over 30 films. While Robert Downey Jr. was a lab rat in this experiment, no one expected he would become the epitome of Iron Man.

Being Iron Man does not come easy, especially when the actor is not Hollywood’s daredevil. There are several stunts that require dedication, resulting in an injury that might cost millions to the production house. While for Robert Downey Jr. it was a one-time thing, but for Tom Cruise it’s an everyday story.

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Why Production Houses Don’t Want Actors To Perform Precarious Stunts

Robert Drowney Jr as Iron Man
Robert Drowney Jr as Iron Man

While filming for ‘Iron Man 3‘, Robert Doweny Jr broke his ankle over an imperfect landing that cost millions to the production house. It was one of the biggest insurance claims in the industry’s history resulting in shutting down the production for months. While production houses do not want their actors twisting their ankles over insurance claims, Tom Cruise does not fall under this category.

Fans cannot deny the dedication the ‘Mission: Impossible’ star portrays when getting into a certain character. From jumping off the cliff to climbing the world’s tallest building, Tom Cruise has done it all. And when the issue comes to insurance, Cruise just bonds it to himself, so that if anything happens the production house won’t be held responsible. Instead, Cruise will be paying from his pocket.

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Tom Cruise Almost Became Marvel’s Iron Man

Tony Stark
Tom Cruise almost became Iron Man

After all these years, it would be difficult to visualize someone else in the Iron Man suit saying “And I am Iron Man.” There was a point in time when Kevin Feige and other bosses of Marvel were considering big stars like Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp for the role of Tony Stark.

Later Kevin Feige revealed the reason why Robert Downey Jr. was chosen over Tom Cruise. In a conversation with the authors of The Reign of Marvel Studios, Feige said, “Cruise’s asking fee at the time was more than even a profitable studio like Fox was willing to risk on an untested superhero property.”

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Khevna Shah
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Khevna Shah is a content know-it-all, working as an Entertainment Writer for First Curiosity. When she's not forensic-analyzing new movies and shows, she's probably out there with her camera. Approach her with your fan theories, and you've got yourself a friend for life. She aspires to be a professional content critic someday.