Robert Downey Jr. is today a mega star on the planet. Since 2008, he has taken on the role of Tony Stark / Iron Man at Marvel, becoming the highest paid actor in Hollywood for three consecutive years and the idol of millions of fans around the world. A second wind found for the actor after his debut in the 1980s in the cinema, then the revelation in the 1990s. A ‘second wind’ because Robert Downey Jr. had a lot of problems with drugs and alcohol during years. A liability that is not good to have at the sacrosanct Hollywood. But by dint of resilience and patience, Robert Downey Jr. was able to get rid of his demons to enjoy a second career that we know him.
By alternating between ‘author’s’ films (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Good Night and Good Luck, Zodiac, The judge) and big blockbusters (Iron Man and other Marvel films, the saga Sherlock Holmes), Robert Downey Jr. has proven to know how to navigate between genres. If the tabloid press is keen to remember his past escapades, we decided to focus on lighter and more faithful anecdotes about the actor in order to show that Robert Downey Jr. is much more.
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The judge. Credit: Warner Bros.
Robert Downey Jr. is an American pop singer
Robert Downey Jr. is an accomplished singer. In 2004, when he was finally sober at the end of his detoxification, the future king of the box office put his energy and his efforts in his other passion: music. That same year, Robert released his first, and to date, only album, The Futurist. We discover a very good singer. However, despite an undeniable talent, The Futurist was not a success, selling 1,600 copies in the first week and ranking 121 on the Billboard charts. Robert’s pop strolls do not appeal to critics, who never fail to shatter him.
In 2006, Robert Downey Jr. said in an interview that he will probably never make another album. The design requires a lot of effort which does not always pay off in the end and takes him away from his family with whom he prefers to spend time rather than shut himself up in the studio.
For the more curious among you, the entire album is available on the internet.
Robert Downey Jr. practiced ballet
Some actors learn all kinds of disciplines to spruce up their CVs.
If some actors are a little ashamed of the disciplines followed, such as Michael B. Jordan and his tap dance lessons, others do not care. As a child, Robert Downey Jr. lived all over the place because of his father actor, RD Sr. While in London, 10-year-old Robert found himself taking ballet lessons in the very affluent and prestigious Perry House in Chelsea.
Rebel at heart, the actor had confided that he spent more time in ” act like a jerk Rather than perfecting his dance. ” I don’t mean to say I did anything right at Perry House cause the truth is I spent all my time there with my head around the corner being a jerk “. A talent that Robert could have used in one of his films …
Robert Downey Jr. practices Wing Chun
Iron Man. Crédit : Marvel Studios/ Walt Disney Studios Distribution
It is true that we do not see the actor using his talents as a martial artist in his films (the Sherlock Holmes saga being the exception), yet Robert Downey Jr. is a real enthusiast.
The actor is very devoted to his passion, Wing Chun, which he practices during all his free time. It is a traditional Chinese martial art ” intended for close combat, including unarmed techniques and weapon handling »But also to self-defense. An art that Robert Downey Jr. has been pursuing for twenty years now.
It was in 2003 that the actor started Wing Chun. An exercise that Robert Downey Jr. credits as being the source he kept him away from his old demons, the drugs, with which he had struggled for so many years.
You can admire the techniques of Wing Chun in many Hong Kong movies like the saga Ip Man (whose story is inspired by master Yip Man), The Grandmaster (2013), the saga Matrix, the films of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, but also in Iron Man 3. An art that also masters his character, Tony Stark.
Robert Downey Jr. has a culinary sin
Like many people, Robert Downey Jr. has a thing for cooking. Not necessarily the most refined or the lightest, but the one that everyone likes. In an interview for Vanity Fair, the actor had stated his perfect meal: ” I would have a Domino’s pizza with carbonara pasta in each slice. And at night I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt toxic ».
Robert Downey Jr. was a roommate with Kiefer Sutherland
Imagine an apartment shared by Jack Bauer and Tony Stark. In the 1980s, like all aspiring actors, Kiefer Sutherland moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor. He finds himself roommates in a modest apartment with none other than Robert Downey Jr., also looking for roles in Hollywood.
The two upcoming stars will live together for a while and help each other with their roles, rehearsing their scenes together. Happy coincidence, the two actors will meet together in the movie poster 1969 (1988).
Robert Downey Jr. must wear high heels on set
Sherlock Holmes. Crédit : Warner Bros. Pictures
Not because some of Robert Downey Jr.’s roles involve wearing high heels. But rather out of necessity. If we rarely see medium-sized actors in Hollywood wearing high heels thanks to the magic of cinema (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Daniel Radcliffe…), Robert Downey Jr. and his 1.76m are often equipped. It’s not uncommon for directors to ask her to put on high-heeled or wedge shoes to reduce the size difference with her onscreen partners.
While filming Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Ritchie was not very happy with the height difference between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (1.82m). He therefore invited the interpreter of Iron Man to put on wedge shoes. A small inconvenience that tripped the actor more than once in the scenes.
No chances for Robert since he once again wore wedge shoes to play against Gwyneth Paltrow (although of the same height), Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, respectively 1.83m and 1.90m.
Robert Downey Jr. is the only Saturday Night Live member to have been nominated for an Oscar
Robert Downey Jr. was a member of the Saturday Night Live across the Atlantic. Few people know because, it is true, the actor will not have marked the famous comedy show. In addition, in the midst of comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Bill Muray and many more, it is difficult to find a place of choice.
Robert Downey Jr. joined the SNL troupe in 1985. He will do 29 sketches there and that’s it. During these few months when he will officiate as an actor, Robert Downey Jr. will not meet with success.
His passage to oblivion, the actor will then be qualified by the magazine Rolling Stone like ” the worst member in SNL history “. As a reward, Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor in 1993 for his striking portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. A distinction that the actor is the only one to have received among the actors of the program named. The latter having been nominated in the other category, the Oscar for best supporting role.
Robert Downey Jr. has another name
Robert Downey Jr. is not called Downey. Actually Robert Elias Jr. should be called the actor. Elias is indeed his initial surname. Her father, Robert Downey Sr. was born from the union of Elizabeth McLouglin (later called Elsie Downey), a supermodel and actress, and Robert Elias.
In the 1950s, Robert Downey Sr. adopted the name Downey, which would have been that of his stepfather, to enlist in the military. Downey therefore remained in the family and Junior now bears that name.
Robert Downey Jr. has been sober since 2003
Zodiac. Crédit : Paramount Pictures/ Warner Bros.
Robert Downey Jr. lived a very dark period from his childhood until the 2000s. His drug and alcohol addictions twice cost him time in prison. An inglorious liability that the actor assumes without denying but to which some media often refer.
However, Robert Downey Jr. was able to get rid of his addictions and rebuild himself. Trained by his father, a drug addict, at the age of six, it was at the dawn of his forties that Robert Downey Jr. gave up drugs and alcohol for good.
After his stint in the series Ally McBeal (he played Larry Paul) he left in 2001, Robert Downey Jr. decides to join once and for all a program to fight his addictions. This time is the good after the known failures of the 1990s. In 2003, Robert Downey Jr. finished the program completely sober. Since then, no wrong notes for the actor, supported by his wife, while practicing yoga and Wing Chun.
Robert Downey Jr. started cinema at age 5
Robert Downey Jr. starred in his first feature film at age five. Her father, Robert Downey Sr. was an actor and director. It’s in the movie Pound (1970), directed by his father, that little Robert will take his first steps as an actor. The first in a long list.