See Robert Downey Jr. Get a Fake Chest and Nipples for 'Iron Man' Arc Reactor Effects

See Robert Downey Jr. Get a Fake Chest and Nipples for 'Iron Man' Arc Reactor Effects

Nov 20, 2013

Ever wondered how Robert Downey Jr. pulls off the effect of having a hole in his chest in the Iron Man trilogy and The Avengers? As Tony Stark/Iron Man, the actor looks to be taking his life-saving, power-generating arc reactor out of that hole and placing it back in, and it sure looks real and therefore kinda painful. But that chest is all fake, prosthetics from the makeup artists as seen in the step-by-step illustration below.

Are you disappointed that RDJ might not in fact be that fit? Chances are, he probably is (maybe more so if we consider his buff torso in Sherlock Holmes). Or are you disappointed that none of the movies Iron Man apears in have been nominated for Best Makeup? It's crazy how real it still looks even after checking out this making-of slide. That latex still looks too thin for the depth of that reactor, and he hardly looks like he has a deformed torso. It's a pretty perfect job. 

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