On December 7th, Robert Downey Jr and wife, Susan, attended the 7th annual March of Dimes: Celebration of Babies. The event – held every year – helps raise money for the non-profit organization which focuses on pregnancy and baby health. This year, Downey friend Reese Witherspoon was an honoree, receiving the Grace Kelly Award, recognizing role-model celebrity parents. According to Hollywood Life, the 2012 Celebration of Babies raised an amazing one million dollars.
Just as was previously announced, Robert Downey Jr attended the Mending Kids International’s “Four Kings & An Ace” celebrity poker tournament on December 1st. He was joined by Jodie Foster, actress and director of Home for the Holidays (starring Robert). There doesn’t appear to be any information about the event yet – including money earned for the charity and how RDJ fared – but hopefully something will emerge soon. In the meantime, enjoy the numerous pictures from the red carpet.
Edit: Here’s a (short) clip of Robert at the event, courtesy of “Extra!”
On November 30th, Robert Downey Jr got in the holiday spirit as he visited Muscle Beach in Venice (Los Angeles), CA for the inaugural sign lighting ceremony. Robert was the lucky man to flip on the sign’s switch this year and was joined by Los Angeles City Councilmember, Bill Rosendahl. Other activities throughout the evening included photo sessions with Santa, Jingle Bell Rockers, holiday shopping parties, drink and food specials, art, and live music. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Muscle Beach Toy Drive. Check out a video from the lighting below:
“Iron Man 3″ is set to take over the roaring Hall H at on Saturday evening (July 14), but ahead of that, filmmaker Shane Black, executive producer Kevin Feige and leading men Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle assembled together for a more intimate question-and-answer session with members of the press all about their upcoming super-flick.
Kicking things off, the panelists were asked if there was pressure to try and make a bigger film in size and scope than “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Both Feige and Black said they weren’t “aiming for bigger,” but something “different, fresh and new.”
“There’s an idea about being big, but it’s an idea about capturing and redoubling the intensity of ‘Avengers,’ that lightning in a bottle feel of stuffing so much into a limited space,” said Black. “Robert refers to it as leaving it all on the field. That’s what we’re aiming to do.” The director added that Marvel is allowing him to “take some risks” with “Iron Man 3,” which is “pretty admirable in a superhero movie, to take some risks.”
Stories like this just remind me of why I’m such a big fan in the first place! Earlier today, July 14th, Robert Downey, Jr. – The King of Comic-Con – surprised a bunch of young fans at the annual convention. The kids were there to partake in an Iron Man-themed costume contest, only to have Robert show up. Check out a detailed account of the occurrence by ComicBook.com:
Everyone knew that Robert Downey Jr. was likely to show up in San Diego today for the Marvel Studios Panel at Comic-Con. However, what came as a big surprise is that Robert Downey Jr. showed up early as a surprise guest at the Iron Man 3 Kids’ Costume Event.
The Iron Man 3 Kids’ Costume Event was a Marvel sponsored event at Comic-Con for children ages 2-14 to dress up like Iron Man. Participating kids were promised a poster autographed by Robert Downey, Jr.
What they wound up getting was also a chance to meet Robert Downey Jr. himself. The kids were all lined up on stage and asked to yell out “Iron Man,” when suddenly a familiar voice said, “Did I hear my name?” The kids and crowd then went wild as Robert Downey Jr. strolled out. And nice guy that he is, Robert Downey Jr. stuck around for awhile, leading the kids in an Iron Man cheer and talking personally with many of them.
Earlier today, Robert appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to talk about The Avengers (in U.S. theaters tomorrow). For now, pictures from his appearance can be seen in the gallery. “Jay Leno” will air later tonight, May 3rd, at 11:35/10:35c.
Edit: You can now watch clips of Robert’s appearance on “Jay Leno” below, or you can watch the episode in its entirety on NBC.com.
In a recent interview with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, it was mentioned that Tony Stark could be another James Bond sort of character: someone who could be recast with new actors to continue the legacy. Robert Downey Jr was asked about this idea while at the Tribeca Film Festival, to which he said he would “really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes.” An video of his comments on the subject can be viewed above, or you can read a detailed account of it at MTV. (He also talks a bit about Iron Man 3, including potential casting and the possibility of filming in China.)