‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr. Becomes Real-Life Hero by Delivering Bionic Arm to a Kid in Need [VIDEO]
Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t just play a superhero in movies. He partook in a special feel-good moment where he became a little kid’s real-life hero.
Dressed as Iron Man engineer Tony Stark, Downey delivered a 3D-printed bionic arm to Alex, a charming seven-year-old with a partially developed right arm. In the heart-warming video, Alex, who you learn loves superheroes and bike-riding, shows up to a hotel room where Downey Jr. is waiting for him.
The arm, which matches Iron Man’s, was created by Fulbright scholar Alberto Manero, a mechanical engineering doctoral student at the University of Central Florida who builds low-cost limbs for children around the world. Microsoft’s The Collective Project showcased the work as part of an initiative to support students creating positive change.
Alex recognized Downey Jr. as “Iron Man” and, when asked the actor’s name, Alex coolly said, “Robert.” Amazed and amused by the experience, Downey Jr. clearly experienced something he’ll remember for life, evidenced by the caption he wrote when posting the video to his Facebook page:
Had the absolute privilege of presenting a brand spanking new 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arm to Alex, the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met.
Perhaps superheroes do exist in real life.