You might be aware of the fact that this actor’s career has always been somewhat erratic and unpredictable. Yet, there are a few roles of Robert Downey Jr. everyone should explore at least for once in their lives.
1. Tony Stark in Iron Man
Seriously, what else could it be?
We can believe that for the director of this (down the road) blockbuster going with Downey for this part was a rather tough decision to make. As almost the whole film’s success was riding on his performance. Nevertheless, Jon Favreau (that very director) got it all right: Robert Downey Jr. turned out to be able to accurately express the amusing, charismatic and pretentious personality of his character, weapon-smith Tony Stark.
It is pretty amusing that it is only then that Robert Downey Jr. finally broke free from being just a ‘promising actor’ – the fate that he had got stuck with for the whole two decades.
2. Sherlock Holmes in the similarly-named movie
Despite the fact that this creation of Guy Ritchie may not be your immediate association with the Arthur Conan Doyle’s bestselling detective novel, still it deserves substantial tribute from our side. A 200-mln-dollar domestic take is no laughing matter, indeed!
Robert Downey Jr. appeared to be a perfect match for a Bohemian, cynical hermit-like detective. By the way, his lead role in the movie brought him a Golden Globe in the Best actor in musical or comedy nomination. They say Robert even had to lose a decent amount of weight to look enough “skinny” and “gaunt” in his role.
3. Julian in Less than Zero
It is notable that exactly a drug addict’s role lent eclat to the actor who has been struggling hard to overcome his own addiction throughout his entire life. Julian is a golden youth who graded up to any other person in his weakness in the face of drugs. It is exactly the role of the guy who lost everything to drugs that got the actor almost global recognition.
Of course, there are some more movies on Robert Downey Junior’s record that will gift you with some pleasuresome hours, for instance: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ally McBeal, Chaplin, Tropic Thunder, and The Avengers. The last one was praised very highly according to the Rotten Tomatoes rating.