Today, one of the most well-known actors, Robert Downey Jr, celebrates his 54th birthday and we can’t believe it!
The incredibly talented, smart, and outstanding actor is listed among the 100 most influential people in the world, he is also one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, and most importantly, he stole our hearts as Tony Stark in Iron Man and other Marvel movies.
At the same moment, it makes us sad, that everybody knows Robert only as Tony Stark, so let’s watch some non-marvel movies, to celebrate RDJ’s birthday. Hit the link in bio to visit our blog, where you’ll find out what our recommendations are.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
Shane Black‘s “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” is one of those movies that keeps twisting and turning inside of itself until it becomes as much about its construction as it is about its plot. Downey, Jr. plays Harry Lockhart, a wannabe actor who moves from New York to Los Angeles and starts taking private eye lessons from a gay detective (Val Kilmer) named Gay Perry.
The next day, Gay and Harry stake out a house where Gay is to take surreptitious photographs for a client – what they find is a corpse. While at a party he also encounters an old flame, gorgeous aspirant actress Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan). From there, twists and connections abound and bodies pile up. Who’s double-crossing whom? And, has Harry found Harmony too late to save himself from misery?
Less Than Zero (1987)
Downey, Jr. became a star in this harrowing adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ bestseller. Directed by Marek Kanievska, the film centers on three rich best friends (Downey, Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz) who go their own ways after graduating from high school in Beverly Hills.
Clay (Andrew McCarthy) comes home to Los Angeles after his first semester of college and encounters some disturbing developments, he finds his ex-girlfriend (Gertz) is abusing cocaine and dating his old pal Julian (Downey, Jr.), who is spiraling out of control from drug use. Clay tries to help them get sober, but the process is complicated by Rip (James Spader), a callous dealer Julian is indebted to. “Less Than Zero” doesn’t lecture, but instead presents the harsh realities of drug addiction and the terrible toll it takes not just on the user, but on their loved ones.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
In Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” RDJ brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuth to the big screen for a new generation of moviegoers. Suffice it to say, this isn’t your father’s Sherlock Holmes: this guy uses his body as much as his brain to solve mysteries (still, he is quite brilliant).
The plot involves Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), trying to stop the evil Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) that has already killed five women when he is near to kill his sixth victim. The film is a marvel of dazzling special effects and hyper-kinetic action. Downey, Jr. won the Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actor, and reprised the role in the 2011 sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”
David Fincher’s “Zodiac” is one of those rare movies that’s about two different things at once, and is skillful at both. On the one hand, it’s a newspaper drama about a cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a reporter (Downey, Jr.) who become obsessed with the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrified Northern California with a killing spree in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
On the other hand, it’s a police procedural about two San Francisco detectives (Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards) tracking the killer down. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Both stories coexist in perfect harmony with each other, making for a terrifying and riveting examination of one of the most perplexing unsolved mysteries in recent history. Downey, Jr. gives one of his best performances as Paul Avery, whose life unravels when he becomes a target of the Zodiac.
Downey, Jr. is eerily uncanny as silent movie legend Charles Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s autobiographical drama. Not only does he look strikingly like the director and star of “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights,” “Modern Times,” and “The Great Dictator” (to name but a few), but he manages to capture the blithe spirit and cunning charm that made Chaplin the world’s biggest star.
It also delves into the great well of sadness that drove his genius, from his mentally-ill mother (Geraldine Chaplin, playing her own grandmother) to his vagabond upbringing in music halls to his failed romances with too-young women. Downey, Jr. won the BAFTA as Best Actor and received an Oscar nomination, losing to Al Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”).
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