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‘Iron Man’ star Robert Downey Jr. presents boy with bionic arm

Robert Downey Jr.
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LOS ANGELES – Just like Tony “Iron Man” Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero – at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.

In a video posted online Thursday, the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents a working bionic prosthesis to seven-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm.

Downey opens a pair of metal cases marked Stark Industries, revealing an Iron Man arm and a smaller, red-and-gold prosthetic arm for Alex.

The little boy, wearing a black shirt and red bow tie, sheepishly acknowledges in the video that he’s having an exchange with Iron Man, whom he also identifies as “Robert.”

The bionic arm Alex received was created by engineering student Albert Manero, who builds and donates 3-D-printed bionic limbs to kids around the world.

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