Robert Downey Jr. Talks Closure With Sarah Jessica Parker, Joss Whedon Stepping Down From ‘The Avengers’ Franchise

While Robert Downey Jr. is getting ready for the big release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film in the hit franchise also marks the end for director Joss Whedon. Downey recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed the director’s departure.

“I wasn’t surprised because there was so much onus on can Ultron be as good as Avengers Assemble? I just think it takes so much out of the men and women who are behind the major workload that occurs over a 24-month period, at best, to get one of these movies done. It’s backbreaking.”

The next two Avengers films are set to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Downey was asked in the interview about the difficulties of being under so many different directors in his portrayal of Ironman.

“It’s different every time. I’m also a very kind of loyal person so sometimes there’s a new face and I’m like ‘Wait a minute.’ But the interesting thing is I’ve worked with Jon twice, I’ve worked with Joss twice, and I worked with Shane Black once – and I’d happily do it with any of those three folks again.”

Robert Downey Jr. has been busy promoting the Avengers film, and in so doing has had his fair share of controversy. In a recent interview to promote the upcoming film, Downey walked out after the interview turned towards his past, which he wasn’t thrilled about discussing. However, Downey did reveal a little bit about his relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker in a talk with Howard Stern, Entertainment Tonight reports.

Downey, who dated Parker seven years during the late 80s, related how he visited Parker when he was in New York last October.

“You know how life goes, and so many things happen … When you’re not a kid anymore you go, ‘This trip to New York, instead of doing what’s required of me, I actually want to take care of some personal business,'” he told Stern. “I want to check in with someone I shared a big part of my life with and say ‘Hi.'”

Downey also discussed how he has reached closure in his relationship with Parker. “I said everything I want to say,” he explained. He went on to add, “There’s this familiarity that overtakes it, and you just realize that you’re just in the presence of this fully mature mother and woman and artist and human being, and there’s enough good will left over. You didn’t burn that bridge.”

Watch Robert Downey Jr. when he hits big screens once again as Ironman in The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1.

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