NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABC) – Robert Downey Jr. played one of his iconic characters, but it wasn’t for the big screen. It was for a seven-year-old boy.
The actor appeared as Tony Stark of “Iron Man” and delivered a real bionic arm to a little boy name Alex, ABC News reported.
Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, loves superheroes, including Iron Man.
The arm was made by Albert Manero, a college student who builds and donates low-cost, 3-D printed bionic limbs to kids around the world. He brought Downey and Alex together as part of Microsoft’s Collective Project.
The meeting between the two was caught on video. In the clip, Downey pulled out metal cases labeled Stark Industries.
When the pair sat down, the actor asked Alex if he knew who Downey was. He replied, “Iron Man,” which caused everyone to laugh.
They then compared bionic arms and Downey explained the difficulties with making the equipment.
“I’m having a technical glitch,” Downey said, as the light on his Iron Man arm continually flashed. “Half the time I design one of these, it winds up breaking on me. But what I do is I keep working on it, kind of like you’re working on it with Albert.”
Downey went on to praise Albert Manero for making the arm.
“Albert has made it so affordable,” the actor said. “I’m probably going to start farming out a lot of my tech work to Albert, too. I feel like he could cut down the price point on one of my suits, which is I guess about now a billion and a half dollars.”
Downey later wrote about his meeting with Alex on his Twitter account.