Tuesday, April 27, 2010

All the Way With RDJ

Remember back in the 1990s when Robert Downey Junior was in the depths of his battle with drug addiction? Do you remember that time he woke up naked in some little kid's race car bed after stumbling high into the wrong house? Do you think those kids are less traumatized now that they know that was Tony Stark? They're teens now. Those are serious bragging rights.

Well, do you recall thinking, as I did, how does he keep getting second chances? Man, he got, like a seventh chance, and that shit is rare, even for Hollywood. He was always a really good actor, and even if he never really had a big hit to his name, he was always respected for his huge talent. But now that he's really in the spotlight, it's pretty clear how he got all those chances during the cocaine years.

RDJ is pretty much the most charming guy ever. It's the wit, the style, the laid-back, slightly wacky, totally bright sense of humour. If it sounds like I've got a bit of a man crush........well....I'm not the only one.

Here's some choice quips from an Iron Man 2 press conference posted at LaineyGossip:

On whether he ever dressed as a superhero growing up:
“Growing up, no, but in my mid-30’s in Palm Springs right before my arrest, yes.”

On Mickey Rourke accepting a question that had nothing to do with his character’s pet:
“Mickey, I’m sorry. Hold the hell up. Can we talk about the parrot? I don’t know why the parrot is not on the poster.”

On what he thinks a hero is:
“I think a hero is someone who, if abroad or traveling, they go to the GOOP website to see what shops to go to, what restaurants to eat at, what clothes to buy, and they do that not fearlessly but in spite of their fear.”

On doing sequels:
“Scarlett Johansson was in Home Alone 3. Don Cheadle was in [Ocean’s] 11, 12, AND 13!”

On a take where he got to kiss Gwyneth Paltrow:
“Despite what she said on set, she still thinks about it.”

On his wife Susan joining the Iron Man franchise as a producer:
“On a certain level, they might have thought she would tame me, but I was completely out of my mind.”

On a journalist who kept asking questions about why Sam Rockwell was missing from both the poster and the press conference:
“That’s enough. This is embarrassing. You’re embarrassing yourself.”

On Jon Favreau’s rapidly expanding screen time…and waistline:
“By the time we were doing reshoots, they were framing him out of shots.”

On the Iron Man 2 banner falling off the latticework behind them at the end of the press conference:
“Ladies and gentlemen, Sam Rockwell!”

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