It might be surprising back in the early 2000s, when the ability to bring Marvel’s Iron Man on the big screen is still in planning mode, with Tom Cruise being the first to be approached to play Tony Stark.
In fact, Cruise has been approached since the ’90s for the role, when the project was headed by another film company, another producer, and different screenwriters, according to the report. International Gaming Network (IGN).
In a 2004 interview with Empire In the magazine, Cruise said he would love to play the legendary Iron Man.
According to reports, Cruise was “still working on a deal to wear Iron Man’s armor,” at the time.
In the end, the plans for the project fell through and was picked up by a new studio (Paramount Pictures), a new producer, and new writers.
As a “Paramount man”, has starred in the studio Mission Impossible franchise and Top GunsCruise was naturally the first choice for the role, but things didn’t go according to plan when the actor joined the discussion.
“[Marvel Studios] come to me at a certain time,” Cruise revealed in a 2005 interview with IGN.
“When I do something, I want to do it right. If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it’s going to be something special,” he said.
“And as it was lining up, I didn’t feel like it was going to work. I needed to be able to make decisions and make the movie as great as it could be, and it didn’t go down like that. that’s the way.”
The first Iron Man the movie finally premiered in 2008, and the role has now brought its star, Robert Downey Jr, millions.
In the third installment of the franchise, Downey Jr made $70 million (about $105.7 million).
On top of that, the series opens up even more opportunities for Downey Jr to play the lead role The Avengers movies, with the latest part, Avengers: Endgameearned him a salary of US$75 million (about $113 million).
But in 2018, Cruise said he felt no bitterness over the loss.
“I love Robert Downey Jr,” he told Comicbook.com. “I can’t imagine anyone else in that role, and I think it’s perfect for him.”