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The fans have spoken, and they love Robert Downey Jr. 3,000. The Iron Man portrayer and “Avengers: Endgame” star was inducted as one of the esteemed Disney Legends on Friday morning at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.
“The first time I visited Disney, I was transported to another place within moments of being arrested … for smoking pot in the gondola without a license,” he joked with the more than 6,000 fans packed into Hall D23 for the ceremony. “Playing Tony [Stark] over this many years, and the thematic idea that technology can guide our species toward enlightenment has been worthwhile. it’s an ongoing meditation. It’s been a great gift… Here’s to the future.”
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Downey Jr. has starred as Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark since the MCU started in 2008 with “Iron Man” and concluded his run when the Infinity Saga came to a close with “Avengers: Endgame” this summer. He also recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Action Movie Actor for “Avengers: Endgame.”
In his speech, Downey Jr. acknowledged the contributions of fellow MCU actor and Disney Legends inductee Jon Favreau, who is arguably Disney’s 2019 MVP. He directed the CGI-animated version of “The Lion King,” which has earned over $980 million at the box office so far. He also was seen in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” executive produced “Avengers: Endgame,” and is ushering in the first live-action “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian,” for the upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
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