Robert Downey Jr. has gone through his own shares of trials and tribulations.
He understands what it's like to be adored and successful one day and then become the subject of negative attention the next.
Which is why he believes Mel Gibson should be forgiven for the horrible things he said years ago and if given the chance, RDJ would definitely work with the actor and director on Iron Man 4.
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Don't get your hopes up yet!
The 49-year-old previously signed a contract with Marvel, stating he would only do 3 Iron Man films, but RDJ is admitting now if the company is desperate to have him star in the fourth film, he'll only do it under one condition: that Mel Gibson directs it.
In a recent interview, the Iron Man actor opened up about his peer after being reminded of the time Mel took care of Robert when he was at a low point in his career.
The interviewer asked RDJ if he could make an argument as to why Mel should be given another chance in Hollywood, Robert responded:
"Well, first off, he has changed so much. Nobody should make a case for somebody who just wants forgiveness but hasn't changed, but he's a fundamentally different guy. I think it was just the very worst aspects of somebody's psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person. But honestly we are talking about a competitive business and it all comes down to this: because he is so gifted as a story teller and a director, I don't know that he requires some sort of mass forgiveness. He has changed, but at the same time he's still Mel. He and I are so similar in so many ways. He really, honestly is the first to admit his character defects and also is just a great, great collaborative guy. I always say too that if you want to judge a man or a woman then look at their kids. He has the healthiest, happiest, most productive kids you could ever meet or know, and I'm fortunate to be friendly with several of them. He did a lot right, and there's stuff he taught me about parenting that didn't sink in at the time but have proven to be true. We're writing this thing right now, Yucatan…"
[That's the project Steve McQueen developed for himself.]
"Yes, and I'm like, God, if I could find a part for Mel. But he also likes to do his own thing and sometimes he goes out of his way to do the unexpected. Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and is seems like it's getting a little bit old to hold a grudge."
Anything involving Mel Gibson does seem to have a controversial feel to it, but Robert has definitely spoken on the matter and he thinks everyone should just move on from the past.
But what do YOU think? Is the world is ready for Mel to make his comeback??
Would Mel Gibson be a good fit for the Iron Man franchise??
- No way! He doesn't deserve a second chance at all! (11%)
- Definitely! Have you not seen his past directorial works?! (89%)
Total Votes: 878
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