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In an article that ran on USA Today, Jon Favreau offered some comments on Iron Man, and what makes Robert Downey Jr. the perfect person to bring Tony Stark to life on the silver screen.

According to the director, it’s Downey’s excessive lifestyle of the past that makes him the person to portray a playboy millionaire and recovering alcoholic.

Robert Downey Jr. is hardly the obvious choice to play an iconic crime fighter. "We didn't want to just go with a safe choice. "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl. Plus, he's simply one of the best actors around."

In return, Downey offered the following comments: "I'm more diligent than I used to be. I want to show Jon he was right to have faith in me. Whatever questions might have arisen about my life weren't issues with him. [Stark] struggles with his lifestyle, he struggles with the drinking. He faces the same issues a lot of people do."

Iron Man is scheduled to hit theaters on May 2, 2008.

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