Robert Downey Jr. successfully revived his career thanks to Marvel and his role as Iron Man, but he’s not about to just leave all of his friends behind in the dust. Despite grossing $1.2 billion last year, Downey Jr hasn’t forgot about his old acting buddy Mel Gibson and feels financially secure enough to stick his neck out for his pal.
According to SlashFilm, there’s a rumor floating around out there that the Iron Man star wants to help revive Gibson’s career by landing him a role in the upcoming Marvel epic, Avengers 2 (also titled 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.”
There are three ways to revive a dead career in Hollywood: star in a hit indie film, get cast by Quentin Tarantino or star in a Marvel film. While Gibson would fit well in a Tarantino film, a Marvel role is a much quicker and more mainstream way to restore the public’s faith in you.
Gibson has had a rough go of things, but Downey Jr wasn’t a saint before he landed the role of Iron Man and cleaned up his life. Gibson hasn’t turned out a solid picture since Braveheart back in 1995 and he’s long overdue for a glossy Hollywood comeback.