Downey, who just turned 48 this week, was grateful to the warm response from fans on his arrival into the country.
“First of all I really want to thank the fans that came to the airport yesterday to greet me in Korea. I had a long flight and it was a very lovely surprise. It was like 10 o’clock and pretty late to be driving to the airport, and I just wanted to say I really appreciate it”
This was his first return to Korea since the first installment of the Iron Man franchise.
“Sitting up here and we’re talking about this very successful franchise, and five years ago I really had no idea if it was going to be embraced by the public or not.”
The star recognizes that it is the fans and their support that has made the armored Marvel hero what it is today.
“…I find myself looking at these posters and sometimes kind of like wondering how this happened. My relationship with it has been one of a kind, with increasing humility and a lot of gratitude.”
The Iron Man franchise has become one of the highest grossing import to South Korea earning 9 million between the two movies, beating out last year’s worldwide blockbuster The Avengers which earned 7 million. But what does the star in the iron suit think of the latest installment?
“I’m a pretty tough critic on these things and I think this third one is really worth a couple of hours to spend to go to see at a theater.” he said going on to talk about how this movie will focus more on the human side of Tony Stark, “We figured it would be nice to get back to a little more of what we saw in the first Iron Man, which is Tony in the suit a little bit less, or only in parts of the suit, or developing a bunch of new suits for your viewing pleasure.”
“What occurs in Iron Man 3 is that he actually goes to the parts of America that aren’t New York or Los Angeles. It is a road trip of sorts, and I think he gets back to an understanding that he is just a worker amongst workers and he is just another person, and I think that’s actually very helpful to him.”
Iron Man 3 opens in theaters May 3rd.