Tom Cruise denies rumors of playing Iron Man before Robert Downey Jr.

Tom Cruise put an end to the persistent rumor that he was almost given the lead part in Iron Man before Robert Downey Jr. was offered the highly appreciated role

During an interview with Phase Zero, the 60-year-old Top Gun Maverick star addressed the rumors that he will portray the venerable Marvel superhero. He didn’t dispute that he was in the running for the position, but he said he was never “near to getting it.”

Cruise affirmed, “Not close, not close. I adore Robert Downey Jr., and I don’t think he could have played that part better. I think it was made for him.”

The Mission Impossible actor left open the possibility of one day acting in a superhero movie. “I look at a movie and think, you know, I don’t rule anything out,” he added.

According to Cruise, he would assess a Marvel or DC script the same way he always has if it were presented to him.

What’s the story, you ask? He responded, “What’s the character? Does it pique my interest? Do I believe this is a look that an audience would find appealing? What can I offer and what can I learn? I genuinely view things in that way.

Cruise’s statement comes over a year after the scriptwriter for the 2022 movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Crazy, Michael Waldron, told Rolling Stone that Cruise had been approached to play a different Tony Stark.