WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally retouched) Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the premiere for 'Dolittle' at Regency Village Theatre on January 11, 2020 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Kurt Krieger - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images).
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Robert Downey Jr. Campaigned To Play A Key Batman Begins Role
Many dynamic actors were more than interested in auditioning for "Batman Begins," including Robert Downey Jr., who had a particular role in mind.
Among the plethora of "Batman" villains, Scarecrow’s heightened intelligence and innate grasp of human psychology give him an edge over those who only rely on brute strength.
Downey Jr. recalled campaigning director Christopher Nolan. “I remember meeting [Nolan] for tea, and I was like, 'He doesn't seem like he's really leaning in on this interview.’”
Despite his enthusiasm, the role ultimately went to Cillian Murphy, who delivered a terrifying and pitch-perfect portrayal of Scarecrow and later reprised the role.