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).
On April 24th, Robert Downey Jr attended the Los Angeles premiere for Iron Man 3. Susan Downey accompanied Robert throughout the evening, and they looked gorgeous – and adorable – in matching outfits; Susan’s bright orange dress was reflected in Robert’s pocket square and even his tangerine sunglasses. Co-stars at the premiere included Gwyneth Paltrow, Sir Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, director Shane Black, and veritable comic book god, Stan Lee himself.
Held at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre, it was an extravagant event, bringing in other Marvel stars such as Jaimie Alexander, Kat Denings, Emily VanCamp, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Zachary Levi, Joss Whedon (director of The Avengers), Sebastian Stan, and Chris Hemsworth. There are over 300 pictures from the LA premiere in the gallery, with a few after-party images as well.
Earlier today, April 18th, Robert Downey Jr – looking sharp in a double-breasted jacket – finally made it to the London premiere of Iron Man 3. (This, after the event was delayed for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.) He was joined by wife Susan, and they both seemed to enjoy their time on the red carpet as they donned and posed with adorable knitted hand repulsors. They were joined by Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, screenwriter Drew Pearce, and director Shane Black.
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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On April 17th, Robert Downey Jr attended the London photo call for Iron Man 3. There, he was joined alongside costar Gwyneth Paltrow and showed off their friendship in front of photographers. Immediately following the photo call, Robert and Gwyneth joined Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, screenwriter Drew Pearce, and director Shane Black for a press conference. You can watch a video of that below: