Robert Downey Jr turns 57 today. One of world’s most popular film stars,

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Downey Jr’s incredible comeback story itself is dramatic enough to be the subject of a feature film.

He is best known for playing the role of Tony Stark or Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And whatever he does in future, he will probably always be remembered for being Tony by film buffs,

so demonstratively he owned the character, almost carving him in his image.

But his path to getting the role was far from easy. The higher-ups at Marvel were apprehensive about his reputation — his drugs and alcohol issues bogged him down

and the company (that now plays in riches thanks to no small part played by him) was adamant to not hire him. Yet

 Iron Man director Jon Favreau fought tooth and nail for him to don the suit.