They certainly look mighty and powerful on big screen, but what are superheroes actually like in real life? It’s not uncommon for actors to play roles that are the complete opposite of their personality, but this doesn’t seem to be the case with actors playing Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, and many others we’ve grown to love over the last decade. Of course, they are human and all humans have flaws, but they also do things that only true superheroes would do. Here are 8 movie superheroes who are also heroes in real life.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. resembles Tony Stark quite a lot – or is it vice versa? Either way, in real life RDM is just as kind-hearted and open-minded as his Iron Man movie persona. He’s thinking about the environmental issues our planet is facing and hot to fix them. Here’s where his geeky side kicks in – apparently Robert Downey, Jr is funding some kind of hi-tech robotics project that will use AI and other technological advancements to combat environmental pollution. He’s simply amazing!
Playing Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy must have had its effect on Chris Pratt because he’s a hero not only on screen, but in real life as well. One of his latest philanthropic endeavours was a contest organised to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries for the Brain Treatment Foundation. Everyone who donated $10 and entered the contest had a chance to win some quality time with Chris Pratt and a walk around his latest movie location.
It’s no secret that our beloved Captain America has a heart of gold. He is deeply involved in charitable campaigns and never misses a chance to visit kids in hospitals, bringing joy and excitement with his full-on suit and shield. He often teams up with Chris Pratt for those mischievous hospital visits. Chris Evans is also a political activist – his ‘A Starting Point’ campaign exists solely to break down all the laws and political processes in a way that can be understood by everyone. It’s the type of education we all need!
Paul Rudd, the incredible Ant-Man, is no stranger to heroic deeds in real life as well. He’s been a real hero for families who fight with cancer long before he starred as Ant-Man, so now he has even more opportunities to do some good. It was also Paul Rudd’s idea to get a Captain America shield prop, put the signatures of the Avengers cast on it, and auction it for a charitable cause.
Thor may be a bit broody and conflicted, but Chris Hemsworth is none of those things. He’s and open, kind-hearted man who will never leave a hitchhiker standing lonely on the road. One lucky guy named Scott got to ride with Thor and even was invited on a fun helicopter ride! Chris Hemsworth and his family are also advocates for Australian Children’s Foundation that deals with traumatised and abused kids.
Benedict Cumberbatch may be playing characters with some serious emotional baggage, but he’s the complete opposite in real life. His Dr. Strange took part in saving the world from global destruction and in reality Benedict does pretty much the same, but on a calmer level. His acting prowess and involvement in charity earned him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire given by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself.
Mark Ruffalo is amazing on screen, but what he does in real life is even more stunning. He’s most concerned about the environment, supporting research and development of renewable energy and clean energy sources. He founded the Water Defence organization to deal with water pollution, while The Solutions Project united all kinds of community leaders and businessmen to work on the biggest environmental issues.
Tom Holland is the sweetest Spider Man we’ve seen on screen, and he is equally amazing in real life. He often puts on his Spider Man attire to visit sick kids in hospitals – once he spent $1 million on toys and personally made sure it got to the hospital, wearing a suit and all. He and his family also run The Brothers Trust that helps out other charities.