TV3.ie has a short excerpt of Empire’s April 2013 cover story on Iron Man 3 — for sale on UK newsstands February 28 — in which Robert Downey Jr. says “it would probably be the best thing in the world for me” if someone else plays Tony Stark.
"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."
But RDJ continues:”Let’s just say 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."
The film’s director, Shane Black, laughed off the idea that Robert might be planning to say farewell to his character.
"He is Tony Stark, pretty much."