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Robert Downey Jr. Becomes EV ‘Iron Man’ in ‘Downey’s Dream Cars’ Trailer


If the debut trailer for Downey’s Dream Cars tells us anything, it’s that Robert Downey Jr. is a lot more like his genius, billionaire philanthropist extraordinaire MCU alter ego than we first thought. The now-retired Iron Man actor is attempting to make the world a better (and cleaner) via his Footprint Coalition and he’s doing it in trademark style. HBO Max’s new series Downey’s Dream Cars follows the Hollywood icon as he transforms his eye-watering collection of classic cars into hybrid vehicles.

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Robert Downey Jr. in 'Downey's Dream Cars' (2023) | Image: MAX

Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Downey’s Dream Cars’ (2023) | Image: MAX

The unscripted series is set to drop on HBO Max (now simply Max) on June, with the first trailer teasing RDJ’s obsession with classic American cars. “The cars of the ’60s and ’70s just make your heart beat a little faster,” he says. “As a red-blooded American boy, I wanted in.” The series will show us Downey and his team converting the actor’s brilliant collection of classic cars into either hybrid or purely electric rides in a way that keeps “their souls intact”.

Despite hitting some significant roadblocks in his acting career, Downey Jr. made a huge comeback that earned will both fame and a massive fortune. He now has managed to amass a collection of cars, and as “an idea man,” he has “enlisted a team of folks” to help him restore his cars “in ways that are less harmful to the planet.”

Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man' | Image: Marvel

Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Iron Man’ | Image: Marvel

“We are what we drive, and having amassed a formidable collection of classic cars over the years, I was a petrol spewing mess,” Downey Jr. said in a press release. “And a hypocrite, as I’d founded the Footprint Coalition in 2019 to scale technologies that mitigate climate change. Fortunately, I’m a bit of a dreamer.”

“The last three years have been an experiment in hope, as I engaged the best and brightest minds to evaluate, educate, elevate, and decarbonize these vehicles in a way that demonstrates the limitless potential of creative problem solving. It was a huge challenge and an enlightening journey.”

Robert Downey Jr. in 'Downey's Dream Cars' (2023) | Image: MAX

Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Downey’s Dream Cars’ (2023) | Image: MAX

The trailer teases how Downey and company restore/mod the cars even when some of them are ‘”almost too nice to mess with”. Shots of some hilarious family dynamics at play are also thrown in as we catch a glimpse of Robert Downey Jr.’s son, Exton, stealing the limelight with his amazing knowledge of cars. We even see RDJ as he sets out to personally buy a vintage car despite knowing that sellers will take advantage of his fame and wealth.

However, after the deal is done and dusted, the seller is asked if he recognizes who he just sold the car to and he replies with a chuckle, saying, “Yes, Rodney.” Ouch, that must have stung! As the trailer concludes, RDJ playfully brags about being a “gearhead” and a “grease monkey,” when Exton cheekily turns to the camera and questions, “Are we sure he’s the right guy to be hosting this show?” Oouf!

Get ready for a wild ride of wit, ingenuity, and a dash of eccentricity that only RDJ can deliver, when Downey’s Dream Cars lands on Max on June 22.

Watch Trailer on YouTube