It’s a problem many big action spectaculars face – you want the main star to do as many of the stunts as possible, so that it’s clearly them doing it on screen, but you always run the risk of them injuring themselves. That’s the issue Iron Man 3 has faced, as production was temporarily shut down after star Robert Downey Jr. was injured on the set.
Marvel Studios released the following statement regarding the unfortunate incident, ‘Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.’
There are no specifics on what kind of ankle injury he sustained, although it does not seem to be serious. There’s also no news on how long things will have to shut down for. However it doesn’t appear this will affect the release date. Production began in early June, with Shane Black directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce.