'Iron Man' news: Robert Downey Jr. continues to be a hero even off-screen


On-screen, he leads the double life of genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist and superhero Iron Man; off-screen, he is a well-known artist spanning two decades of work and three consecutive years of being the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr. is definitely living the high life right now. But a little over a week ago, RDJ displayed an incredible gesture of sensitivity and gave moral support to a young boy fan. 

On Oct. 18, a British mom posted on Instagram a request for even just a short reply from the actor to help her son get through a tough week. Vicky Keyte’s 7-year-old son, Daniel, who has been going through medical treatment for cystic fibrosis, experienced bullying in school as one kid told him that all children who has this kind of illness will eventually die.

Keyte, with the Instagram handle @envy_coatings, further explained that her son is a huge fan of Iron Man and has once even told other kids in school that he has a special reactor in his chest like the one Iron Man has to help him get through his illness. It is the reason why Downey’s reply would definitely lift up the spirits of Daniel. 

In true Robert Downey Jr. fashion that people love, the actor replied to Keyte’s post on Instagram with a picture of himself wearing a Tigger costume along with the caption: 

“Mr. Stark here. This is for Daniel (@envy_coatings) who was having a rough day recently. When I’m in the dumps, I’ve found this little getup to be helpful. P.S. Would you like to come to the LA premiere of Captain America: Civil War as my guest? If so, have your people call my people. All the best.”

Keyte was so delighted when she found out that not only did RDJ reply to her post but also invited Daniel to the upcoming premiere of his movie “Captain America: Civil War.” She thanked the actor and took him up on his invitation.

“I will keep everyone updated on the build up to the big day on Daniels progress and his day to day going ons and of course his tuxedo fitting that he has asked for today as he wants to fit in like a real star (not that he is not the biggest star in my eyes),” she wrote.

“Captain America: Civil War” is scheduled to be released in May 2016.