Robert Downey Jr. Improvised Another Emotional Avengers: Endgame Line

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark took a piece of many fans’ hearts when he debuted as the superhero over a decade ago in 2008’s Iron Man. The film began the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduced us to a now-iconic character. The 54-year-old actor’s portrayal incorporated parts of himself; he even improvised some of his most famous lines. Avengers: Endgame, which marked Downey's final MCU film, was no different, and now we’re learning of another part of the film that came straight from the actor.

Earlier, fans discovered that the heartfelt line, “I love you 3000,” from Iron Man in the final Avengers film was inspired by Downey’s own children: the actor altered it to match what his kids say to him in real life. And that wasn’t the only bit of improvisation in the blockbuster film. According to co-director Anthony Russo, Downey added the part in which Tony Stark calls Steve Rogers a liar.

In Endgame, Iron Man returns to Earth and reunites with Captain America, who he hasn’t seen since the events of Captain America: Civil War. The scene is already tense when Tony confronts him and says, “No trust, liar.” As reported by CinemaBlend, Russo revealed to Empire that the word “liar” was Downey’s choice. He explained:

“I think that was one of Downey's most inspired performance moments in the movie. He very much reverts to—this is the guy who felt forsaken by his father. You can see his intimacy and trust issues in that moment when he turns on Cap. Downey performed the scene with a lot of energy. We didn't do it many times, because he was expending himself so, so much. He understood it very well.”

Some of the most emotional scenes throughout the MCU have been improvised by the actors, such as Tom Holland adding his own bit of dialogue as he faded away in Avengers: Infinity War. It goes to show that the stars behind our favorite superheroes are just as invested as we are—and that sparks better results in the end.

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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