Robert Downey Jr. Surprised By Avengers Quality: “It’s Gonna Be Great”

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Let’s admit it: The Avengers has a lot to live up to. Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor—all characters who have earned their own movie—crammed into one summer blockbuster with a handful of other heroes, and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, far better known for nuanced TV character work than special effects extravaganzas? If you thought this sounds less than certain to work, Robert Downey Jr. would have agreed with you. “I tend to look at a scene and say ‘This is absolutely impossible, we can’t shoot this, it’s horrible.  I can tell you ten other movies its been in.  I refuse,’” said the actor behind Iron Man at the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend. “I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what I’ve signed on to do.  So I brought that attitude, happily. Anyway, I just thought how are you going to put all us clowns together? He’s wearing a suit.  He’s all jacked up.  He’s so and so.  And poor Mark Ruffalo, what he’s gonna out do us?”

That was the wind up…and here’s the serve. “We’re about six weeks in and I have to say Whedon is nailing it.  He’s so smart and so good.  It’s going to be great.  I can’t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed it but it’s gonna be great.” While his confidence should be taken with a grain of salt, it is a relief to hear the eternally frank RDJ going to bat for the project like this—even if he practically admits he did it for the money. Will Marvel’s gamble pay off? Only one year until we find out for ourselves!