TORONTOSUN.COM – Guardians of the Galaxy deserves to be ranked number one among the 10 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Robert Downey Jr.
Cue the gasps. Be astounded. I certainly was when Downey proclaimed his love for the mega-hit in an interview triggered by the coming world premiere of The Judge at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey says with admiration. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
Downey, of course, is the star of three of those Marvel blockbusters, the Iron Man trilogy. He plays the Tony Stark/Iron Man characters with a kind of wit, exuberance and edge that elevates those movies above popcorn fare. Yet Downey still points to Galaxy as the winner. Because it was so unlikely. Because it could never have been made without its predecessors dominating the box office.
“We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’ ”
Downey offers a metaphor invoking football and the NFL and the Mannings. “It’s like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: ‘Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.’ And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!”
Downey puts the success of Guardians of the Galaxy down to luck, to the trouble-shooting skills of the producing team led by Kevin Feige and to the ability of the marketing experts at Walt Disney Studios. “The armature and breadth of what Disney has done in their ability to put things to market is unprecedented.”
Downey remains thrilled to be working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will continue, including in the next Avenger episode. After that, who knows? The actor is also involved with Team Downey, his own production company and the impetus behind The Judge. It is a serious prestige picture, but Team Downey wants to play in the sandbox with commercial fare, too.
“We like BIG movies,” Downey says of Team Downey, which he runs with producer wife Susan (Levin) Downey. “We are working on a Sherlock Holmes 3,” he says, without providing details.
Team Downey is also developing a franchise of its own, a Perry Mason-style thriller series set in the 1930s. “Then we have a story that Steve McQueen was developing before he passed away called Yucatan that I’m just on fire about.” And Downey just met with the writer of a live-action version of Pinocchio.
“I must play Geppetto,” Downey says of the kind-hearted puppet-maker who creates Pinocchio. “I see him as Chico Marx meets Jake LaMotta.” Hmmm, with the raunchiest Marx Brother crossed with the boxer whom Robert De Niro played in Raging Bull, this will not be our grandparents’ Pinocchio.
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The first trailer for Robert’s upcoming movie “The Judge” has arrived some time ago which you can check out below. Robert stars opposite Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton and the movie is due for an October 10 release.
In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Susan Downey’s 40th birthday was on November 6th, and her husband – none other than Robert Downey Jr – made sure to celebrate in style. They brought the party to Northern California, where they joined forces with around 50 friends at the Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. E! Online has posted all the details on the bash, which you can also read below:
Robert Downey Jr. may not be a superhero in real life, but he sure knows how to make his wife feel special!
E! News has exclusively learned that the Iron Man star threw a star-studded bash for his wife Susan’s 40th birthday, hosting a celebration at Cavallo Point near Sausalito, Calif. where guests, including Justin Theroux, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Reese Witherspoon, spent the entire weekend relaxing at a resort spa.
“It was a great weekend for Susan, and Robert went all out to make sure she knows how special she is,” a source exclusively tells E! News of the getaway. “Around 50 of their closest friends came up for the weekend and stayed at the hotel in historic houses. It was a very relaxing weekend and there was a lot of time for people to catch up.”
Guests spent the weekend enjoying the amenities at the resort, getting spa treatments, going on walks and celebrating Susan’s birthday.
Vulture recently released their annual list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars — and Robert Downey Jr topped the list at #1 once again. Rounding out the top ten (in order): Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp.
Robert’s stats include a studio value of 9/10, 69% likeablity, 58 on the critics’ score, and a tabloid value of 6/10. Read what Vulture had to say about him this year:
1. Robert Downey Jr.
He leads the Most Valuable Stars list for the second time, and who can argue?
Can there be any doubt that Robert Downey Jr. should be sitting pretty at the top of this list for two years in a row? He’s the star of two of the top five highest-grossing movies of all time — The Avengers, which brought in $1.5 billion worldwide, and Iron Man 3, which took in $1.2 billion — and unlike other comic-book heroes who could be recast at the drop of a hat (and often are), Downey Jr. is so synonymous with Tony Stark that when he decided not to make any more Iron Man movies for the time being, Marvel basically put the megafranchise on pause in the hopes that he’ll change his mind. (Whereas Warner Bros. promptly installed Ben Affleck as Batman just as soon as Christian Bale hung up his cowl.) Don’t worry, though: Downey Jr. did decide to sign on for two more Avengers sequels, so he’s hardly done with his most iconic character.
But Downey Jr. is more than just Iron Man — in fact, he’s got another lucrative franchise, Sherlock Holmes, and has starred in two hit comedies since his career resurgence, Tropic Thunder and Due Date. His appeal is off the charts, and he has a studio rating third only to Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s. And he’s managed his stardom with grace and good humor, a remarkable turnaround from the drug-fueled days when he was an uninsurable lost boy. Next up for Downey Jr. is The Judge, a dramedy where he plays a lawyer representing his town judge father (Robert Duvall) in a murder case; the movie is a gratifying change of pace for Downey Jr. and a savvy acknowledgment that audiences will now expect more from him than just quippy action movies. And beyond that, there’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will surely bring in a box-office take that rivals the GDP of most nations. That’s why Robert Downey Jr. is No. 1 on our list, and it will take a superhuman effort for anyone to top him.
Robert Downey Jr and Jared Leto reunited earlier this week at the 17th Annual Hollywood Awards held on October 21st. The two were co-stars in the 1999 film Black and White; but at the Monday evening event, RDJ was honoring Leto with a Breakout Performance award for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.
The affair was star-studded, with Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Geoffrey Rush, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner, and Zodiac co-star Jake Gyllenhaal also in attendance.
Watch a video of Robert’s award presentation below (along with Leto’s acceptance speech).
Thanks to DeAdele, RDJ Fan has a few new magazine scans from May 2013 added to the gallery. Above, you can find thumbnails for his appearances in two GQs: in Russia and the great, twelve-page spread from the US edition. The accompanying photo shoots are amazing! You can also find a single page scan from FHM Russia right here.
Once again, Robert Downey Jr proves what an amazing, warmhearted person he is! On Monday, April 29th, he surprised teenage aid workers who were being treated to a special screening of Iron Man 3 in New York. The teenagers were there after devoting their time to help cleanup and rebuild after last year’s Hurricane Sandy. Check out some more details from the appearance below, including why it was important for him to show gratitude regarding NYC in particular:
The actor made an unannounced visit to the Regal E-Walk theater in Manhattan to honor youngsters from the Police Athletic League who have given their time to help rebuild areas devastated by the storm last October.
The teens cheered with delight when Downey, Jr. entered the building, and he personally thanked them for their hard work. He told the crowd, “I just want to say thank you to the… Police Athletic League and all of you folks. I know you’re all here because you’ve been doing something special in the five boroughs, for this great city. You’re the future of the nation. I guarantee if you keep doing the right thing, you’re going to be running the joint in a minute.”
Downey, Jr. posed for photos with his star-struck fans, and told a reporter for the New York Daily News, “Of course [the visit means a lot as]… it’s my hometown. Everywhere we drive, I have a memory of playing Frisbee in front of that office building or trying to sneak into the back door of a Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight showing, because I knew someone who was working concessions… Coming back here reminds me of my origins.”
Last night, April 30th, Robert Downey Jr appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” I’m unable to embed the video, so just click on the still image above to be led to the full episode; Robert appears around the 14:15 mark. In it, he talks about the “insane phenomenon” that is the Iron Man franchise… and he teases that he “doesn’t know” what his future holds when it comes to move Marvel films (wink, wink). Jon Stewart’s always a fun – and smart – interviewer, so definitely check it out.
On Friday, April 26th, Robert Downey Jr appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In the interview, he talks a bit about his birthday (and there’s a clip of him doing Gangnam Style in South Korea), his Oscar potential, breaking his ankle on the Iron Man 3 set, and he names his guilty pleasure snack. You can check out some pictures from the show in the gallery, or check out the entire episode below (he shows up around 16:50).
His resurrection has all the characteristics of an origin story for a Hollywood superhero: A gifted young actor loses his way, cheats death again and again, then straightens himself out just in time to conquer the world. But the way Robert Downey Jr. tells it, the reality involves a lot more detours, and the final act still hasn’t been written. With Iron Man 3 poised to extend his outrageous hot streak, Downey invited GQ’s Chris Heath to his house in Malibu to talk about where he’s been, where he’s going, and where all the demons went.
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Robert Downey Jr. habitually carries with him a miniature brown leather suitcase. If he’s rummaging inside it, it’s usually for another square of Nicorette gum, but there’s all sorts of stuff in there: rattling pill bottles—antiparasitics and antivirals (“Sushi’s worth it, but sometimes you’ve got to clean the bugs out”) and some kind of chemical if he happens to eat bread—a dark blue beanie bearing the logo of the security company that guards this Malibu estate, some medallions whose twins I’ll later see his wife, Susan, wearing, and a typed letter he recently received from Woody Harrelson onto the back of which he has, perhaps absentmindedly, been pressing chewed globs of gum. There is also—and this is what he removes now from the case to show me—a solid-gold Iron Man helmet head.
Downey holds in his hands the head of the character who set his life on a new trajectory and examines it.
“It is funny, dude,” he says. “I do contemplate this thing.”
Downey commissioned a jeweler to make a set of these heads as gifts for crew members when Iron Man 3 wrapped, but he kept one for himself and it is now his to ponder at his leisure. “There’s some sort of strange message about something in there,” he says. “Just about masks, and what people create. I still haven’t figured it out. There’s no rush.”
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