The success of Iron Man and the Marvel films have revived the otherwise dead and forgotten career of once troubled actor Robert Downey Jr. After striking early success in the 80s and 90s, the actor fell into a spiral of addiction that almost ruined his life and his career.
But Downey Jr. crawled out of the ashes of his past to star as Iron Man and last year raked in $1.2 billion at the box office. Besides reviving his career and being one of the most bankable actors on the planet, Downey Jr. apparently doesn’t forget his past and the friendships he’s made which is why it makes sense that he’s trying to revive the career of Mel Gibson by getting him in the upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
He wants to bring Mel and Jodie into the Marvel universe, preferably in one of the Avengers films. It’s been a longtime dream of Robert’s to help Mel and Jodie reach similar big box office heights like the ones he’s achieved in recent years.”
Gibson has had a similar spiral out of control in his career and a a role in a Marvel film seems to be the way to either jumpstart or revive a career in movies. Gibson hasn’t had a hit since arguably the 90s and one could even argue his last great film was 1995’s Braveheart, although The Patriot deserves credit as well.
There’s no guarantee that Gibson will get a break with Marvel, but if Downey Jr. is making it his business to get him a part, it might just happen.