Some sites have posted in his interview with Deadline, actor Robert Downey Jr. suggested that controversial actor/director Mel Gibson should direct Iron Man 4. Except, those who read the original article know that’s not what was meant, or said.
While promoting his new movie The Judge, discussion turned towards the chances of Iron Man 4, and Downey’s interest. He gives an update that discussions are being had, and the issues including his age, time commitment, his interest in doing other projects, and his wanting to spend time with his family. Basically, it’s a discussion of the right exit strategy for all.
About three quarters of the way through the article the topic turns towards Downey’s friend Mel Gibson, and the article writer’s suggestion he deserves a new chance, and also Downey’s second chance. It’s an excellent reminder of Downey’s past troubles, and that his rise is truly a second act, one many wrote off as wasn’t going to happen.
The suggestion of Gibson directing Iron Man 4 doesn’t come from Downey though, it comes from the interviewer.
DEADLINE: That’s the project Steve McQueen developed for himself.
DOWNEY: Yes, and I’m like, God, if I could find a part for Mel. But he also likes to do his own thing and sometimes he goes out of his way to do the unexpected. Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and is seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.
DEADLINE: True, but the year he made Apocalypto, I didn’t see a better movie and he was ignored and hasn’t directed since. Marvel badly wants Iron Man 4 and you’ve said you aren’t doing it. How about the idea you’ll do that movie if Mel directs it?
DEADLINE: Is that our headline?
DOWNEY: Why not? That movie would be bananas.
Take it all out of context, and you have a tantalizing headline from sites trying to get hits. In context, it’s just a joke between interviewer and interviewee. Not story here folks, move along, and remember, read the actual source to get the full details, and don’t fall for clickbait.