Robert Downey Jr.’s On-Screen Kisses With Gwyneth Paltrow Have Never Bothered the ‘Iron Man’ Star’s Wife, Susan Downey

by Jeremy Spirogis
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. attend the premiere of

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are fortunately married. But did the Iron Man actor’s on-screen kisses with Gwyneth Paltrow within the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever trouble her? Not in any respect. Ahead, be taught why Susan by no means felt weirded out by seeing her husband kiss Paltrow. 

Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow began enjoying love pursuits in 2008

Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. attend the premiere of 'Iron Man 3' in 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. on the premiere of ‘Iron Man 3’ | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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For those that know nothing in regards to the MCU, right here’s the deal. The film franchise started in 2008 with the premiere of Iron Man. Downey Jr. performed Tony Stark, an uber-wealthy inventor who had a status as a playboy. Over the course of the primary film he grew to become the superhero referred to as Iron Man. And by his facet by all of it had been his trusty assistant, Pepper Potts (Paltrow). 

From the beginning, Potts and Stark have been attracted to one another, and finally they grew to become a pair. Of course, because the MCU continued with Stark’s journey after Iron Man 2 in 2010 and Iron Man 3 in 2013, so did the love story between the 2 characters. By the time Avengers: Endgame hit theaters in 2019, Downey Jr. and Paltrow had appeared on display screen as a pair for greater than a decade. By that point their characters had turn out to be dad and mom. 

Susan Downey as soon as mentioned ‘there’s nothing unusual’ about her husband kissing Gwyneth Paltrow in motion pictures

It’s comprehensible to suppose it’d be bizarre for anybody to see their associate kiss one other individual as a part of their job. Even somebody who’s with an actor. Sure, they could know on-screen kisses are to be anticipated but it surely that will not make it any simpler to cope with. But for Susan, she didn’t discover it odd to look at Downey Jr. and Paltrow kiss in Iron Man. She mentioned as a lot throughout a 2009 interview with Harper’s Bazaar. 

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“Oddly, there’s nothing strange about it,” Susan mentioned, referring to watching her husband and Paltrow lock lips in Iron Man. Why didn’t it trouble her within the slightest? Because of how the Oscar-winning actress feels about who she’s kissing.  

“Gwyneth’s so funny because they have great on-screen chemistry, but afterward, she’d be like, ‘Ugh, it’s like kissing my brother,’” she mentioned. 

So, whereas they could make a plausible couple within the MCU — followers nonetheless love the 2 collectively and check with them by their couple title, “Pepperony” — there’s no romantic chemistry between Paltrow and Downey Jr. when cameras cease rolling. 

Paltrow mentioned the identical factor in an April 2020 Instagram post through which she wished Downey Jr. a contented birthday.  She known as the actor her “brother, friend and supporter.” 

Robert Downey Jr. says Gwyneth Paltrow and his spouse are buddies 

During a 2016 interview with Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show, Downey Jr. talked about Paltrow being his “free pass” solely as a result of “her and Susan are such good friends.” 

Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow attend the premiere of 'Iron Man 2'Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow attend the premiere of 'Iron Man 2'
Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow attend the premiere of ‘Iron Man 2’ | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“I gotta get her back in these movies, so I can make out with her on screen again,” Downey Jr. jokingly added.

He added that Susan “could care less” about any chemistry he might need with Paltrow in motion pictures as long as it occurs when they’re “rolling on the take.”Downey Jr. and Susan married in 2005 and now have two kids collectively. Meanwhile, the Iron Man actor and his on-screen love, Paltrow, are buddies in actual life and so they’ve been recognized to shout out one another on Instagram.

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