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Downey Jr. wants to help pals

Robert Downey Jr. reportedly wants Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster to work with him in a new Avengers movie.

Mel's 2010 break-up with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva was acrimonious, with recordings of the star using offensive language made public. They caused outrage and he was dropped by his agency, resulting in his career declining. His friend Jodie Foster stood by him and gave him a role in her film The Beaver and now Robert is hoping to get both stars involved in one of his future projects.

"Robert is raising eyebrows with his efforts on behalf of his long-time best pals Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson," a source told RadarOnline.

"He wants to bring Mel and Jodie into the Marvel universe, preferably in one of the Avengers films. It's been a long-time dream of Robert's to help Mel and Jodie reach similar big box office heights like the ones he's achieved in recent years."

Robert's portrayal of superhero Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel movies has seen his star soar over the last few years. He has a five-year deal with Marvel, which will apparently see him starring in two more Avengers movies. The first of the franchise was released in 2012 and also starred Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans.

Although bosses are apparently fine with the Jodie coming on-board, feelings surrounding Mel are different. He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in 2006 and made anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer.

"Marvel is run by one of the richest and most prominent Israeli businessmen in Hollywood, and you can be sure even if Robert got down on his knees and begged, there's no place for Mel in the Marvel films," the insider claimed.

Robert reportedly plans to continue campaigning for Mel to work alongside him.

"Robert is very big into working with his friends. Ashley Hamilton and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black both credit him with making the final push to get them hired," the insider said.

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