Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
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Unlikely heroes

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Mark III armor) in the movie “Iron Man” is not the first respected actor to take on a heroic role after a career that may not seem suited for it.. Here are a few other actors who’ve recently donned a cape, or pirate’s scowl, or just a plain black suit and become cinema good guys. (Industrial Light & Magic)
Ed Norton in the upcoming “The Incredible Hulk.” (Michael Gibson / Universal Pictures)
Tobey Maguire in “Spider-Man.”  (Columbia Pictures)
Nicolas Cage in “Ghost Rider.”  (Jasin Boland / Columbia Pictures)
Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix Reloaded.” (Melinda Sue Gordon / Warner Bros. Pictures)
Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Stephen Vaughan / Associated Press)
George Clooney in “Batman & Robin.” (Robert Isenberg)