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Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man

5. Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man

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After a Hollywood-sized career bender, Downey bounced back as the lead in the first film of Marvel’s experimental Avenger-phased films in 2008 for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man.  Downey’s own personal struggle was an obvious and necessary aspect from his own life that he brought to the role.  As Tony Stark fell from the top of the world all the way to the bottom of it, we relished watching him take his life back and thrive just as Robert Downey Jr. had on this side of the screen.

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