The character, as portrayed by Downey, Jr. comes across in all his self-centered, self-important glory, yet is somehow still sympathetic enough to keep me watching. Generally, I don't have much patience with self-aggrandizing people, in real life or in fiction, so it's a surprise that I'm interested in Tony Stark.
Maybe it's his enthusiasm, his mania. I do like a good mad scientist character, and Tony Stark definitely qualifies (Hello? Ultron?). Maybe it's that bad-boy charisma. I'm not generally susceptible to that either, but Downey, Jr. suggests a vulnerability beneath, and maybe I am snowed by that, at least a little.
Some characters you love to hate…this one, I hate to love. But I do.
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