Stories You’re Talking About: Robert Downey Jr. Consoles Young Fan Expecting Iron Man

Jaxson Denno and Robert Downey Jr.

Courtesy Heather Denno

updated 06/16/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 06/16/2013 AT 1:15 PM ET

Blame it on the costuming.

When Iron Man super-fan Jaxson Denno discovered he was not meeting the super hero, but rather the actor who portrayed him, the 1½-year-old was super sad.

But our readers were touched as Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. met up with the child and tried to stem Jaxson’s disappointment in meeting the actor, and not the fantasy man in the suit. See the story here.

Downey, 48, was visiting Sunderland and Shelburne Falls, two towns in Massachusetts, this week to shoot his latest film, The Judge, and was not wearing his Iron Man suit when he met up with Jaxson and his mother.

Not to worry. Downey, the father of two sons, including 15-month-old Exton, knew just what to do. He turned on his super dad powers and knelt down to comfort the boy who was crying in his stroller over the mix-up.

Soon it was all better, thanks to Downey’s sweet concern, Jaxson’s mother Heather Denno told PEOPLE.

“He was fine as soon as he talked to him,” she said, adding that her little fan boy “was so confused because I kept telling him it was Iron Man and he knew it wasn’t.”

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