Robert Downey Jr. reportedly wants to share his success in Marvel cinematic universe with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. A source tells Radar Online that he is trying to bring his two friends into one of the upcoming "Avengers" movies.
Rumor has it, the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" star once pitched the idea of Gibson to play the President of the United States in "Iron Man 3". Though it was rejected, the "Iron Man" actor reportedly hasn't given up.
Downey became close friends with Gibson after starring with him in 1990's "Air America". Downey defended Gibson during "The Passion of the Christ" controversies and once said "nobody's perfect" in response to Gibson's DUI. In 2011, Gibson presented Downey with lifetime achievement award at American Cinemateque Awards.
"Robert is very big into working with his friends," according to the source, "Ashley Hamilton and 'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black both credit him with making the final push to get them hired."
While bringing Oscar-winning Foster to the superhero franchise seemingly won't be a problem, the tabloid notes that it's unlikely for Gibson to join Marvel film due to his infamous anti-Semitic rant. "Mel is a far different story," the insider claims.
"Marvel is run by one of the richest and most prominent Israeli businessmen in Hollywood, and you can be sure even if Robert got down on his knees and begged, there's no place for Mel in the Marvel films," the source explains.
Downey, meanwhile, landed "Iron Man" role due to Terrence Howard's recommendation, according to the latter. They got estranged after Howard's exit from the tentpole franchise. Howard once said, "It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to [...] re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out."