Downey reprises his superhero role for Iron Man 2, which tops the box office opening weekend with $128 million. "The last time around, Tony Stark was a significantly cooler version of me," he tells EW of the blockbuster sequel. "In a way, my calling in this one was to bring more of myself into it and more of my character defects."
February 7, 2012
Downey and his wife of nearly seven years, Susan, welcome their first child together, a son named Exton Elias. The baby boy joins big brother, 18-year-old Indio, Downey's son from his first marriage.
Downey Jr. slips back into the iron suit one more time for Iron Man 3, in which Tony Stark takes on the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Following the success of The Avengers, the three-quel proves to be the biggest hit of the Iron Man franchise, opening at No. 1 and raking in over $170 million, while the actor himself takes home a $50 million payday for the flick.
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