Robert Downey Jr. Stunt Injury Halts Iron Man 3 Production

Production of Iron Man 3 was temporarily shut down Wednesday after star Robert Downey Jr. suffered an injury on the North Carolina set of the Marvel sequel.

“Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt,” the studio said in a statement to Superhero Hype. “There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.”

Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 is loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities.

Opening May 3, 2013, the film stars returning cast members Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.

News From Our Partners

Comments

  • sandwich eater

    I didn’t think any big-time actors still did their own stunts.

  • Jikorijo

    Nice to see that his injury wasn’t too bad. I was worried when I saw the headline and thought RDJ was really hurt. Hope he gets better soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dfullam David Fullam

    Get well soon Robert!

  • Hiya_tiger

    Nice to know he does his own stunts,

    Get well soon, Mr. Downey.

  • Schnitzey Pretzelpants

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Robert Downey Jr. and his family during this extremely difficult time.  I hope he hangs in there and sees this thing through.

    I think we’ve all had our dark moments where it seemed that there was no light, but eventually realized that things were not as bleak as they once seemed.

    He’s a trooper.  He’ll get past this, and eventually it will be merely a bad memory best forgotten.

  • JFetz

    He hurt his ankle, he didn’t relapse. But still, very well written.

  • Akkadiannumen

    There are a few. I think Tom Cruise is the best example.

  • Lewis H Pauley

    Hopefully they have a chiropractor near or around the set. I went to one when I had an ankle sprain (didn’t even know they messed with ankles). He treated me twice and my ankle had full range of motion again and 50% of the pain.

  • Schnitzy Pretzelpants

     

    An ankle
    injury could very well be a set-back that takes on disproportionate pain and
    suffering.  It can fill one with
    depression and anxiety and allow a person to see and feel as if there is no way
    out.

     

    Instead of
    looking at and realizing all that is good and worth celebrating in his life, it
    may make one despondent and with as sense that there is no way to turn.

     

    Chronic
    pain – even temporary chronic pain – can become such a focus and source for
    grief that often one becomes uncontrollable in their sorrow.

     

    I wrote
    about it in my heartbreaking memoir: ‘Longsuffering, Chronic Pain – my 3 day
    journey through pain and suffering after having a tooth extraction.’

     

    Dr. Phil
    said of it: ‘When it comes to insufferable pain, and the tragedy that can often
    ensue, Schnitzy’s been there and done that! 
    This remarkable account of his three days of suffering after a tooth
    extraction will speak volumes to anyone that has themselves endured pain and
    suffering.  A tale of loss, pain,
    suffering, denial, and ultimately acceptance and triumph, and an amazing book
    deal’

     

    Soon to be
    a major motion picture, starring Hedy Gainsborough, Ripley Sawman, and James
    Cromwell, as President James Buchanan.  

  • Schnitzy Pretzelpants

     

    An ankle
    injury could very well be a set-back that takes on disproportionate pain and
    suffering.  It can fill one with
    depression and anxiety and allow a person to see and feel as if there is no way
    out.

     

    Instead of
    looking at and realizing all that is good and worth celebrating in his life, it
    may make one despondent and with as sense that there is no way to turn.

     

    Chronic
    pain – even temporary chronic pain – can become such a focus and source for
    grief that often one becomes uncontrollable in their sorrow.

     

    I wrote
    about it in my heartbreaking memoir: ‘Longsuffering, Chronic Pain – my 3 day
    journey through pain and suffering after having a tooth extraction.’

     

    Dr. Phil
    said of it: ‘When it comes to insufferable pain, and the tragedy that can often
    ensue, Schnitzy’s been there and done that! 
    This remarkable account of his three days of suffering after a tooth
    extraction will speak volumes to anyone that has themselves endured pain and
    suffering.  A tale of loss, pain,
    suffering, denial, and ultimately acceptance and triumph, and an amazing book
    deal’

     

    Soon to be
    a major motion picture, starring Hedy Gainsborough, Ripley Sawman, and James
    Cromwell, as President James Buchanan.  

  • Lead_sharp

    Jack Nicholson actually did that plunge into the green liquid (obviously not real acids lol) in Batman, apparently the insurance people where passing bricks.   

  • Lead_sharp

    OH and hope he gets well soon!