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.”
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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.