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:
Earlier today, April 14th, Robert Downey Jr attended the Paris premiere for his upcoming film, Iron Man 3. He spent a very long time on the red carpet, mingling and meeting with French fans showing their support. Afterwards, he joined co-star Gwyneth Paltrow for a brief photo call. You can also check out a video of the Paris press conference right here.
Robert Downey Jr is known for his eclectic fashion taste, but he really surprised fans at April 12th‘s Iron Man 3 photo call. While in Munich to promote the film, Robert donned Lederhosen in honor of his mom. According to this article, he stated, “I’m wearing the Lederhosen today in honor of the 79th birthday of my mother Elsie, which was yesterday. She has German ancestors.” (Happy Belated Birthday, Elsie!)
Robert’s co-star, Gwnyeth Paltrow (who plays the beloved Pepper Potts in the Iron Man franchise) was also at the event. Check out a couple of videos below, including one of Robert dancing Bavarian Style:
Disney has pushed back the U.K. premiere of Iron Man 3 by a day to allow for the funeral for the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
The studio has moved the premiere, scheduled for April 17, the date of Thatcher’s funeral, to April 18 in order to avoid the anticipated fallout from an event that will include a lengthy procession from the Houses of Parliament in central London to St Paul’s Cathedral.
The film’s stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are still rostered to be in town to stroll the red carpet outside the cinema in Leicester Square in London.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to rollout across the U.K. from April 26.
On April 10th, after their photo call in Moscow, Robert Downey Jr and Iron Man 3 co-star Sir Ben Kingsley joined forces again — this time, for a press conference. A few images of the event have been added to the gallery. You can also watch the entire interview courtesy of Marvel Russia; however, it is all dubbed in Russian, so you might just want to give it a watch for the visuals if you don’t happen to know the language.
Following his stop in China, Robert Downey Jr headed to Moscow, Russia for his next run of Iron Man 3 promo. There, he met up with co-star Sir Ben Kingsley, who is portraying The Mandarin in the film. After a surprise visit at a fan convention on April 10th, RDJ joined Kingsley for a photo call — and seemed to make the most of it. The two were seen clowning around with one another, throwing (and taking) fake punches for the cameras; you can catch a short video of their antics here.
Ever the king of surprise appearances, Robert Downey Jr left many Russian fans very happy on April 10th. During a convention at the October Multiplex in Moscow, he stopped by to pay an unannounced visit. Photos of Robert at the event have been added to the gallery, but you can also check a couple extras on E!’s site — including a stunning image of the entire crowd donning Iron Man masks. Creepy, but cool!
After the press conference on April 6th, Robert Downey Jr attended the Iron Man 3 premiere in Beijing, China. There, he received another round of celebration for his birthday, which was just two days prior. (He was greeted with an enormous card signed by numerous fans.) The event marked two milestones: it was Taimiao Temple’s first time ever hosting a Hollywood film premiere and celebrating a westerner’s birthday inside.