Robert Downey Jr talks recasting Iron Man

As his contract to play Tony Stark comes to an end, will he sign up again?

It sounds like Marvel Studios may have to pull the role of 'Iron Man' from Robert Downey Jr's cold dead hands, according to the actor who has played Tony Stark since 2008.

Downey Jr broached the subject of the role being recast in an interview with Empire magazine.

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“Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry!

“The affinity with Tony now is: How do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky about that either.”

That said, he adds that he is conscious of not over doing it.

“[Recasting] would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego…but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens.

“I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome.”

'Iron Man 3' signifies his final contractual obligation to play the iron-clad billionaire, meaning that he will have to renegotiate or walk away from the role.

It's out on April 26 in the UK, starring Downey Jr alongside Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow.