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Forgive Him - Downey Jr About Gibson
"Unless you are without sin -- and if you are, you are in the wrong f**king industry -- you should forgive him and let him work again." Robert Downey Jr. Downey was referring to the career trauma self inflicted upon Mel Gibson for some unfavorable remarks.
Famous Quote Robert Downey Jr.
"The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven."
Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man series of movies is about revenge and saving the world and yet this single series of movies has crafted a new culture filled with an entire range of cross promotional products from action figures to t-shirts and much more. A movie about a super hero crafted in an iron suit, invented by a former weapons dealer/manufacturer named Tony Stark. Iron Man serves to save the world but interesting the backstory of the career traumas of Robert Downey Jr and Mel Gibson are an even larger drama and a bigger story of forgiveness and revival.
Both Downey and Gibson have seen blockbusters and have had to overcome sour times from self inflicted traumas.
Downey has been in rehab...drum roll please, nine times! Downey's life is all about self infliction, revival and rising from the ashes. The Iron Man series is a statement about fighting for the good on a global level and yet the movie series really parallels Downey's life of fighting his own internal demons.
Downey Supports Gibson
Downey who was given a second chance in the industry by Mel Gibson is now supporting forgiveness of Mel Gibson - "if you are without sin..." is his mantra to begin again.
Iron Man 2 - Surprise Ending
In the second movie, Iron Man 2, be sure to watch the credits and see the surprise ending!
Iron Man 3 - Ending Opens a New Chapter
In the Iron Man 3 movie, the ending leads the viewer to believe Iron Man 4 already has a new story line.
Robert Downey Jr.
One of history's iconic actors, Robert Downey Jr., with mega hits such as Chaplin and Iron Man is released another soon to be classic Sherlock Holmes.
Downey's two greatest artistic contributions Chaplin and Iron Man may never have been brought to life by Downey if it weren't for a friend who believed in him.
Personal friend and coworker, Mel Gibson is to be thanked for taking the risk after Downey's recovery and relapses, Gibson front the dollars needed to cover the insurance to get him back into the business again. And our we, the viewers, ever grateful!
Sherlock Holmes movie trailer has been released - enjoy! And Downey is as usual - HOT! Watch and see!
Journey with me and learn more about this amazing artist, view some great video clips and hear about his career and friendship with Mel Gibson and see photos of his family too.
Sherlock Holmes Trailer - Just Released 11/4/2009
Sherlock Holmes - The Movie 2009
"In 1891 London, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) race to prevent the ritual murder of a girl by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who has killed five other people similarly. They are able to stop the murder just in time before Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and the police arrive to make the arrest. Three months later, Blackwood is sentenced to death and requests to see Holmes, who visits him in prison. He warns Holmes of three more impending deaths that will cause great changes to the world. Blackwood is hanged and pronounced dead by Dr. Watson."
Susan Downey - Robert Downey Jr's WifeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Robert Downey Jr. & Sr.
Sherlock Holmes Hall H Panel, Comic-Con 2009
December 2009 Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is an upcoming 2009 film adaptation of a fictional character developed in a novel by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 4 novels and written over 56 short stories about this famous detective named Sherlock Holmes.
Guy Ritchie will direct the film, while Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin will produce the film.
About Robert Downey, Jr.was born April 4, 1965, is an acclaimed American actor, film producer. Downey made his screen debut at the age of five when he appeared in one of his father's films.
Robert Downey Sr. was born in 1937 and is known as the director and writer of the cult classic feature film Putney Swope (1969), a biting satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world, about the portrayal of race in Hollywood films, the white power structure, and nature of corruption in any struggle for power
About Susan Downey: wife of Robert Downey Jr., executive vice president of Silver Pictures, director of development for Dark Castle Entertainment, the horror film division, a native of Schaumburg, IL and was valedictorian in 1991.
Robert Downey Jr. will portray Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law will portray John Watson.
The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2009.
Sherlock Holmes Was Previously "Misrepresented"
Downey states in this video that they "reinvigorated" Sherlock Holmes and that he is really proud of the transformation.
The vastness of the material on hand helped recreated the vision the author had originally for this fictional character of this British detective. Downey's team combed through the manuals of Sir Arthur Conan with an eye to remain true to the original vision of this great author and physician.
The video exemplifies the quick wit and intelligence of this much esteemed actor.
One of the items that I appreciate about Downey is his attention to detail. This was very apparent in Chaplin and I am looking forward to the December 2009 release of Sherlock Holmes to once again unleash the genius of Robert Downey Jr.
Downey About Charlie Chaplin
Downey's portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin was pure genius. And he lost the nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards 65th ceremony in 1993 to Al Pacino who starred in Scent of a Women. Downey studied tennis, violin and retained a personal coach in order to imitate Chaplin's non-verbal communication. His body posture, his walk, his gait, his facial expressions were acted to a tee!
Iron Man Speaks
Iron Man Suit - The Design of the Suit
2008 Iron Man
Downey is said not to have been the most logical choice for leading man in Iron Man, but look at how he managed to bring that show to life. Iron Man was not just fun but it was also believable, we were engrossed the entire time.
Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as a billionaire industrialist and playboy named Tony Stark, who is an inventor who creates a high-tech suit of armor that transforms him into a superhero, another version of Batman and Spiderman but with technology that is built to be believable.
It is reported that Iron Man grossed over $300 million in the United States and Canada. Downey has agreed to appear in the upcoming sequel Iron Man 2 which is scheduled to be released June 2010.
Iron Man was produced by Marvel Studios which has its origins from the 1970s with its activities centered around Marvel Comic book characters. In August 2009, Disney announced it was acquiring Marvel Studios parent company Marvel Entertainment. Marvel Studio's distributor is Paramount Pictures.
2008 First Blockbuster Film - Iron Man
Iron Man released in 2008 marked a dramatic change in Downey's career with a true blockbuster film and applause from movie goers and fellow actors alike.
The Move "Fur" with Nicole Kidman Robert Downey Jr
2006 Fur: Robert Downey Jr & Nicole Kidman
An intimate scene between Robert Downey Jr. and Nicole Kidman in the movie "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"
NOTE: Video NOT suitable for all ages.
Fur is a movie about an iconic American photographer Diane Arbus. Her artwork was noted for disturbing images.
Downey's Rehab - Relapse Years 1996-2001
Downey's career includes essentially a 5 year hiatus of not only substance abuse but numerous arrests and relapses and also actual prison time. One interview reported he felt he has fought addiction since age 8!
Funny Cute Dance on Ellen
Close Friends Help
Downey's friend, Mel Gibson, (Mel and Downey co-starred in Air America in 1990) reported helped Downey regain his financial stability by paying Downey's insurance bone for the 2003 film The Singing Detective. This financial assistance allowed Downey to gradually move back up to headline movies. Sadly, during his climb back up, 40% of his salary was withheld in order to ensure completion of the movies. But oh, are we ever glad he chose to leave his addictions behind. Downey has always been a great actor, but this the release of Iron Man, he will become legend. It is great to have a true movie star within our generation.
Iron Man 2 Trailer (Official)
Iron Man 2 - The Plot In Review
Iron Man 2 Opens In Theaters Near You
UK April 30, 2010
US May 7, 2010
"The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is the armored superhero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces." synopsis from apple.com
Iron Man 3 Official Trailer #2 (2013) - Robert Downey Jr. Movie
- Iron Man 2 | Trailer & Official Movie Site | In Theaters May 7
Official site for the Iron Man sequel. Iron Man 2 In Theaters May 7, 2010!
The Judge - The Movie - Another Grand Chapter in His Career
Departing from super hero in the Iron Man series, Robert Downey Jr. takes on and conquers not just another type of movie but a movie with depth that delves into the the complicated family dynamics of a lawyer and his father, a small town judge. Set in the conservative Midwest, Robert Downey strays far from the glamour of California and super hero Iron Man and becomes a man and an attorney no less.
For you see, a great actor must showcase his versatility. From Sherlock to Iron Man to an attorney with a microscopic perspective on the father son relationship, Downey is securing his acting legacy perhaps further than his own father could have ever dreamed.
What is fascinating is . often cast family members in his films (Wikipedia reports that Jr. appeared in eight of Sr.'s films.) So one has to wonder how much of a parallel Robert Downey Sr may be in the Downey family and how appropriate this latest chapter may be in Downey Jr.'s career. The Judge
Look, even bad years are pretty good years I think.
~Robert Downey, Jr.
Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.
~Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Life
Robert Downey Jr.'s life showcases how a father's tough love and a friend's support can lay the foundation for greatness. For you see, we are all a product of our support system. We have the power within and sometimes we need the parent to let go so that we can stand on our own. And yes, as friends we must support each other in order to achieve greatness. Robert Downey Jr. has proven chapter after chapter that he is a great actor. Overcoming life's obstacles and traumas is what the journey is all about. As we celebrate Robert Downey Jr.'s career, let us remember our duty as parents, let us remember our duty as friends to not just forgive but to also support one another in order for greatness to be achieved.
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