Robert Downey Jr., who is best known for playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed why he choose to do Dolittle after leaving Iron Man behind in Avengers: Endgame.
In a recent interview with Extra, Downey Jr., alongside his wife Susan Downey, stated he choose to do Dolittle due to a few parallels between his normal life and the life of Dolittle.
“I always go ‘Why this movie, why now, why bother?’ And then I, honestly, I looked out the windows and these alpacas are looking at me and our goats and our Oreo cows and our pigs, the kunekune pigs … it just felt kind of synchronistic. And also, you know, we don’t like to go too long without an extremely difficult project to do together, whether it’s a movie or a kid,” he explained.
“It wound up being a really kind of nice vibe. Very arduous, very long process, we learned a lot. And it’s so nice now because all I care about is when people see it, did they like it? And so today is the first day, and now we’re starting to promote it. People are like ‘Yeah, we’re seeing it, we’re liking it.'”
However, the main inspiration for choosing this project was down to family and being able to work on a film that the Downey children could see.
“It was fun to pick something that our kids could see,” Susan Downey added. “Cause even though he’s let our son see the Marvel movies, certain ones, they weren’t able to see any of the movies that we’ve worked on. And so it was really fun to do something that [they could see]. I think there was a degree of difficulty too that I was excited about with the visual effects and creating worlds that even with something like Sherlock we didn’t get to do.”
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Dolittle is set for release on January 17th and features a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Jessie Buckley, Harry Collett, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.