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[Us Weekly – DEC 2011]Robert Downey Jr. is hoping to look taller than his 5-foot-8, a report claims.
According to Us Weekly, Downey’s stylist has requested shoes with three-inch built-in lifts to wear while filming “Iron Man 3.”
“They’re working on a special pair just for him,” a source said. “The lift insole needs to be concealed in a high top shoe or boot. The highest that’s offered the general public is 2 inches.”
While Downey has not commented on his lifts per se, he did recently tell Men’s Fitness magazine that he was surprised to be cast in the action hero franchise given his compact body type
Robert Downey Jr. will be wearing shoe lifts in “Iron Man 3.”
“I guess I had some notion about it,” he said. “I’ve always really enjoyed that genre, but I mean, it’s prettyoutlandish. I’m not particularly tall or strong or fast or aggressive. Yet, I’m not faking it. To me, it’s a cosmic chuckle.”
His trainer, Brad Bose, also reveals in the cover story that he was similarly skeptical about turning Downey into Tony Stark.
“He was skinny,” said Bose. “He weighed about 150 pounds … Our goal was to get him as big as we could.”