Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Gives 'Iron Man' Bionic Arm to Kid
by Ethan Anderton
March 12, 2015
The stars of Marvel Studios are turning out to be more like real superheroes than actors. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and Captain America franchise star Chris Evans made a couple stops at children's hospitals (photos here and here) after they made a charitable bet for the Super Bowl to help raise thousands for kids who need medical care. And now Robert Downey Jr. stepped into Tony Stark's shoes yet again, but not for a movie. Instead, he dressed up and appeared in character as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist to deliver an Iron Man fashioned prosthetic limb to a 7-year old boy named Alex. Watch!
Here's the video of Robert Downey Jr. handing over the prosthetic from the actor's Facebook page:
This should restore faith in the human race if you've been looking for some lately. The project came together thanks to Albert Manero, OneNote, and The Collective Project, working to make inexpensive, 3D-printed limbs that can be manufactured for maybe 1% of what high-end prostheses usually cost. They work by attaching three sensors to the skin of the wearer, which means when this kid flexes his arms muscles, it signals the motors in the arm to activate the fingers. The fact that this is an Iron Man style limb handed over by Tony Stark himself is just the coolest thing that can be done for a kid like this. Are you crying too?