Though this is his second go at fatherhood – his son Indio is 18 – the Iron Man star admits to feeling some serious pre-baby jitters in the months leading up to his wife Susan’s due date.
“There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it,” says the actor. “But what you’re squeezing to the side — or what’s in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they’ve all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he’s always been here.”
He may play a superhero on the big screen, but as a father he hopes that his sons see him as a “very real human being.” Robert, 47, adds that he’s very mindful of the lasting legacy he will leave to his children.
“Every dad casts a shadow, you know? And that shadow is you’re disappointed, you’re resentful, or you feel so supported and loved you don’t understand why life is so hard anyway. Or, you know, it’s so long and so dark that you can never step out of it, so you might as well not even try. Right? So hero to me is not applicable to the human experience.”