At this point, you’d be hard-pressed to point out significant differences between the fictional character of Tony Stark and Robert Downey Jr., the man who plays him on film. Downey earned a staggering $50 million payday for The Avengers while none of his other cast members came close to making that much, and he spent half that film doing VO work as a CG robot flew through the skies. He’s the life of every party, is always entertaining in interviews, and has the sort of rock star attitude that few people can actually pull off while managing to stay likeable.
My friend Vince over at FilmDrunk pointed me to a story about how Greg Tanous – the inventor of RC Superhero – was commissioned by Downey’s staff to create a six foot, glowing, flying Iron Man as a gift to the actor as a wrap present for The Avengers. Check it out in action below.
OK, that would actually be pretty fun to mess around with. But the only way to do it would be to fly it over the streets of a crowded city where it’s just high enough that people can’t clearly make out that it’s just a glorified remote controlled plane. If Downey can make anyone do a double take and think, even for just half a second, that a real Iron Man exists, this thing has served its purpose.
You can have your own flying Iron Man, but because you’re not Robert Downey Jr., you’ll have to settle for a much lamer version that’s available to us normal people – and that one’s only 19 inches tall. I wonder what they’ll get him as a wrap present for The Avengers: Age of Ultron…maybe a real-life Jarvis?
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