Soon’s Ed Douglas, declared a pervert this morning by new Bond girl Eva Green (I was there when it happened), has gotten the scoop on Iron Man from none other than Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey, Jr. Downey was in New York to do press for his new film, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, and he couldn’t help gushing about his new superhero identity.

"I went after it like a greyhound after a rabbit," he said when Ed asked whether Favreau approached him or whether he went after the part. "I loved Marvel and ‘Iron Man’ to me is the goods. To tell you the God’s honest truth, I’d throw them all away for Sgt. Rock, because I really grew up on Hogan’s Heroes, Sgt. Rock. I’m still addicted to the History Channel and the Military Channel is my thing, but Tony’s the best because I could never be Sgt. Rock. He’s a little bigger and more butch and has a cigar, I don’t see it. Tony’s a perfect fit for me, and if I was ever going to do this type of thing, I thought, you know, like early ’40’s. Great, because when you hang up your ‘macho hat’ and start directing or doing other stuff, it’s not an embarrassment to be doing this in your late ’40s still if we wind up doing three of them."

Ed also got Downey to talk about the Iron Man suit and motion capture, as well as possible co-stars – head to Coming Soon for all the deetz.