17 July 2012 at 05:51pm with 680 notes

At their best, superheroes, and the laughs that rise out of their stories, are melded in some fashion to the actor. Consider Robert Downey Jr., who inhabits Iron Man and Tony Stark so fully that the role is his forever. Downey’s clear sense of humor about the conundrum of his own heroism keeps that franchise in business. The comic-book Tony Stark was a self-serious twat with a booze issue. Downey’s quips, Downey’s timing, even the fact of Downey himself, with all his history, up there on the screen, keep the viewer in line with the intent of the movie — it is a button-pushing lark.

Esquire, ”The Superhero: The Assessment”.

In which even Esquire acknowledges that Tony Stark is essentially Robert Downey Jr.

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