WHO IS IT? Robert Downey Jr. is an award-winning actor, recovered addict and all-round cool guy. Robert has starred in everything from comedies to dramas, musicals to television shows. Even though he’s a little cocky sometimes, I have always been interested in his work. Even when Robert went on cocaine benders and wandered around L.A. in his underwear, and even when he went to jail for five years instead of making movies. I couldn’t help cheering for his success.
WHY I LOVE THIS ACTOR: Robert Downey Jr. always makes me smile because he is naturally full of good humour. A recent Huffington Post article talked about how pop culture sometimes under appreciates the zany, wacky sidekick in favour of the bland, nice guy. Robert Downey Jr. is that guy! The article even mentions how sometimes sidekicks do get recognized and uses Iron Man as a reference. He may not be the one to make your heart race, but you can rely on him to crack jokes and make you feel good.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: I don’t remember having a distinct first impression of Robert. I most likely first watched him in Weird Science and Less Than Zero.
FAVE CLASSIC: Without a doubt, Robert Downey Jr. makes an exceptional Sherlock Holmes. I love his version of Sherlock because he plays the detective with classic RDJ droll. Again, it’s the wacky sidekick who has been promoted to the lead role. RDJ’s Sherlock Holmes is very physical in the movies with Robert doing a lot his own action stunts. I feel this adds a superhero dimension to the character, as if to say he’s smart but can kick some butt too.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
1995 – Richard III ~ Earl Rivers
2009 – Sherlock Holmes ~ Sherlock Holmes
2011 – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ~ Sherlock Holmes
Just a smattering of RDJ’s work. See Robert’s complete filmography on Wikipedia.
GREAT QUOTE: “The more I look into the books, the more fantastic it becomes. Holmes is such a weirdo”.
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