However, someone else might have landed the role had the 58-year-old actor booked the first Marvel gig that he auditioned for.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau revealed that Robert was considered for another role before ultimately getting cast during a recent interview.
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While reflecting on the 15th anniversary of Iron Man, Jon explained that the casting team was already familiar with Robert.
“I remember you had all met with him already for like Doctor Doom or something on another project,” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I think he had come through on like maybe Fantastic Four, so everybody sort of knew who he was.”
Julian McMahon landed the part of the villain in the 2005 version of Fantastic Four. Interestingly, the movie featured another MCU favorite – Chris Evans as Johnny Storm. Of course, Chris later became Captain America.
While Robert wasn’t right for Fantastic Four, Jon instantly saw his “spark” when he screen tested for Iron Man.
“Once it was him, that’s when my life got a lot easier because he understood the voice of the character,” he added. “And then one by one, people were just signing on board because now it became something interesting.”
Another MCU star who was perfectly cast in his role recently revealed that they also auditioned for several roles in the universe before getting cast.