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    “He Has Such Charisma As Tony Stark”: Christopher Nolan Feels Robert Downey Jr.’s Casting As Iron Man Is Among The “Most Consequential Decisions” In Movie History

    Ever since Robert Downey Jr. set foot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he changed the entire course of the superhero franchise. From the fans to the industry, everyone has credited the actor for turning the MCU into reality. Playing the same role for almost a decade did raise concerns about his acting abilities.

    However, the 2023 ‘Oppenheimer film brought Christopher Nolan and Robert Downey Jr. together. During multiple interviews, Nolan confessed that he always wanted to work with the ‘Iron Man’ star as well and commended his casting in the superhero role.

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    Christopher Nolan Calls Robert Downey Jr. As Iron Man A Consequential Decision

    Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
    Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

    In an interview with The New York Times Magazine last year, Robert Downey Jr. admitted he was concerned his acting might be at risk while playing Iron Man for 11 years in the MCU.  

    Christopher Nolan believed the same and further added, “I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’ve always seen that in his work. And he has such charisma as Tony Stark. Him playing Iron Man is one of the most consequential casting decisions that’s ever been made in the history of the movie business. I wanted to give him the opportunity to lose himself in a part, lose himself in another human being the way great actors love him.”

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    Christopher Nolan Admires Robert Downey Jr.’s Dedication Towards His Work

    Christopher Nolan called Robert Downey Jr. finest actor ever on screen
    Christopher Nolan called Robert Downey Jr. finest actor ever on screen

    The renowned director recently made an appearance on The Late Showhosted by Stephen Colbert. The duo, especially Christopher Nolan spoke highly of Robert Downey Jr., who is considered the Oscar frontrunner for his impressionable role as Lewis Strauss in the category for the best supporting actor. Nolan confessed that he has always wanted to work with Downey because of his “generosity” and “charisma.”

    During the conversation, Nolan also shed light upon the ‘Sherlock Homes‘ star’s personality saying, “With anybody you work with, with actors…you’re looking for some kind of connection emotionally, empathetically. You’re looking for some kind of generosity. He has this incredible generosity of spirit. It means when he’s in a scene with other people he’s making sure they are all doing their best, that they are all able to bring their best to the table. He’s helping them clarify those emotional connections.”

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    Khevna Shah
    Khevna Shah
    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.

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