While filming a movie in Western Massachusetts, Robert Downey Jr. and a local mother attempted to pull the wool over the eyes of a young Iron Man fan, assuming he would be fooled into believing that the star of the Iron Man films were the real thing — the real Iron Man. Ah, but they were not so lucky! From People:

The superhero’s alter ego, Robert Downey Jr., found that out first-hand this week, when he encountered 1½-year-old super-fan Jaxson Denno – who just couldn’t wait to meet Iron Man.

Only problem: Downey, in the Western Massachusetts towns of Sunderland and Shelburne Falls to shoot his latest, The Judge, was not wearing his Iron Man outfit.

That did not please Jaxson, as this photo shows. Not to worry, though – Downey, 48, soon brought a smile to the boy’s face.

“He was fine as soon as he talked to him,” Jaxson’s mother, Heather Denno, told PEOPLE, explaining that her young son “was so confused because I kept telling him it was Iron Man and he knew it wasn’t. Well, not Iron Man in the suit.”

Well, NOT THE REAL IRON MAN AT ALL, LADY! I hope you think twice next time you try to trick young Jaxson into believing one of his heroes is standing before him, when all that is standing before him is merely an actor. He has proven himself too wise for your tricks. Sure, he tolerated Downey Jr. this time, but will he be so generous next time? That is your gamble.

Comments (27)
  1. I saw this on the AV Club and the first VERY LONG comment thread was devoted to the kid’s dumb first name. Which is totally fair. But mostly I want to talk about how unfair it is that Robert Downey Jr. would shave his goatee post-Iron Man. Can you imagine this photo happening if he still looked like Tony Stark? No! Also, he should change his shirt! I don’t know why. I just don’t like it. #gripes

  2. This kid is a real Robert Doubter Jr.

  3. Robert Downey Jr. also looks pretty upset to learn that he isn’t really Iron Man.

  4. That’s just a great photo. They should display it at his Lifetime Achievement award at the Oscars.

  5. I got my dog from Shelburne Falls. The GPS wouldn’t recognize it as a town, our written directions brought us to a cornfield, and the lady and her seven children emerged from the cornstalk with the dog. There wasn’t a house in sight. Spooky place.

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