When one beholds the billboards touting the first movie in the new “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, one sees the slim, natty, Anglo-looking Jude Law and imagines he is Holmes and that the less buff, older and somewhat rumpled Robert Downey Jr. is his Dr. Watson. Wrong, of course, and despite stereotypical expectations, Downey Jr.’s Holmes is earning critical praise, quite apart from the fact that the film is heating up the box office.
Indeed, it’s startling to realize that former bad-boy Downey Jr., no longer so junior (he turns 46 in April), has a son aged 16. Was he at all surprised to be offered the part of the master detective — who, as created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was something of a drug addict — rather than the good doctor?
I’ve added to the gallery another new “Iron Man 2″ Still. The quality is good. You can see the picture below.
Russell Crowe and Beyonce will share the screen for the remake of classic movie ‘A Star Is Born’. Jon Hamm, Alicia Keys and Rihanna, may also feature in the film. Russell Crowe will play an ageing, alcoholic musician who mentors and falls in love with a younger female star.
Robert Downey Jr, was the choice for the director but Russell Crowe has apparently replaced him. [source]
Actor Robert Downey Jr. may have finished shooting Iron Man 2, but he knows his days of playing Tony Stark are far from over. With the possibility of a third Iron Man looming in the distance, Stark’s next adventure will be in The Avengers, though Downey Jr. is hoping Marvel Entertainment won’t rush the movie into theaters. In an interview with SFX, Downey Jr. told the British Magazine that The Avengers, which will combine all the heroes from Thor, First Avenger: Captain America, and both of the Iron Man movies, will be the hardest and most important of Marvel’s upcoming slate.
It’s the pinnacle, but only if it’s done in the smartest and best and most creatively sound way possible. And I’m not saying we can’t get there. I’m just saying it would be better to get there and not stay on schedule than to get everyone what they were hoping for in terms of a release date but not do it correctly. And by correctly, I mean my way.
Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau know what it’s like to put together a Marvel movie in a short amount of time. When Marvel gave Favreau less than two years to release Iron Man 2, it almost prompted Favreau to quit. Instead, he re-joined Downey Jr. to tell a darker story about the iron-clad hero.
In Iron Man 2, Tony’s psyche undergoes quite a rupture because he no longer has that kind of was trade to tweak on. What’s a fella to do? He’s thinking more about his legacy and about sustaining his own corporeal being, which has always been a problem, and now obviously comes much more to the fore because he essentially has a nuclear reactor as part of his anatomy! There’s a dark side to Tony Stark because of his impending death. But there are also all the people and characters around him who bring him to life. There’s this huge world that’s so much fun, and it’s great to go back there, erase the chalkboard with Jon [Favreau] and say, “Okay. This thing came out, people really liked it and it did great business, but what are we going to do now?”
Favreau has already said he will not direct The Avengers, which is due out in 2012. Time may have been the factor.
Ever since Robert Downey Jr. appeared as his Iron Man character, Tony Stark, at the end of The Incredible Hulk, comic book movie fans have been debating what order Marvel Studios will use for the movies leading up to The Avengers in 2012. Obviously, the release dates are all known at this time, but that doesn’t mean that the events depicted in the movies will take place in the same order in the “shared universe” that Marvel is developing, which is at the heart of the debate.
The next movie in the Avengers “family” to debut is the highly anticipated Iron Man 2, set for release May 7th. From the trailer, Tony Stark seems to still be doing very much his own thing, with no hint of his involvement with the enigmatic spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers — though he does have a wing man in War Machine (played by Don Cheadle). This has led many to the conclusion that Iron Man 2 will take place before The Incredible Hulk, since Stark, in the aforementioned cameo, asks Gen. Ross (William Hurt), “What if I told you we were putting a team together?” implying that he is already involved with the creation of the Avengers.
Well, now the debate is over. At least, regarding the timeline of the Iron Man movies in relation to The Incredible Hulk. With a single word, director Jon Favreau cleared up all of the speculation in a Retweet to an inquiring fan:
Before. RT @ThiagoSiQueiraF: Just watched “The Incredible Hulk” Gotta ask you: Does “Iron Man 2″ takes place before or after Hulk movie?
Of course, that still leaves a myriad amount of questions about how the upcoming Thor and Captain America will fit into The Avengers timeline…
The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx, is an emotionally soaring drama available to own on DVD from February 1.
Directed by the Golden Globe® winner Joe Wright,The Soloist follows the story of journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) as he discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A.
As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.
We caught up with Robert Downey Jr and asked him about his role and the messages behind the film.
- Playing a real life character is obviously very different than a larger than life character like Iron Man. How did you approach it?
I always try to imagine anyone I am playing as a real person. The fact that Steve was a real person had me interested in him, but by the time I was filming I was just down there in downtown LA being a part of the process. Continue Reading
A new still has appeared for “Iron Man 2″. I have added it to the gallery.