Saving the world is serious business for a superhero. But when Robert Downey Jr. starts a battle scene on the set of The Avengers, he doesn’t exactly have on an Iron Man face.
Just before cameras roll, the smiling actor whispers up a competition with his co-stars — Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow). Whoever gives the most distracting off-camera look to Tom Hiddleston (enemy Loki) wins.
"For an entire take, they are all giving these seductive, come-on faces," Hiddleston says. "I had to fight to keep a straight face."
…The greatest collection of comic-book superheroes ever assembled on-screen brings plenty of humor in the movie — and even more humor off-screen, thanks to Downey.
"We look at him as our quarterback," Evans says. "He’s always smiling. And that’s infectious."
"These guys really like each other," says director Joss Whedon. "My biggest problem is to get them to shut up so I can shoot."
Whedon gets his silence and his scene, which allows Downey to get to the urgent matter of asking Hiddleston to judge his contest.
"It was a photo finish between Downey and Scarlett," Hiddleston says with a laugh. "They were giving some serious come-ons."

(Source: USA Today)

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