Happy Birthday Robert Downey Jr: Besides Iron Man, RDjr has some other epic roles to his credit
Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man turned a year older today. The actor who started his career at the age of five has aged like wine, giving us standout performances over the years. His demand for projects kept rising and between 2012 and 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. With Avengers: Endgame hitting the theatres in a couple of days, the craze around the birthday boy is pretty high. Despite Robert Downey Jr’s huge list of films, he is best known for his role in the Avengers franchise where he portrays Tony Stark.
RDJ is probably one of those actors who can get along well with both the younger generation as well as the older generation. A part of that achievement can be attributed to his versatility as an actor, picking up a variety of iconic roles. Downey is as flamboyant as Tony Stark himself and his onscreen presence is has the gravitas of Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr has a big list of movies that he’s worked on before he became synonymous with Iron Man. Here’s a look at some of them.
The 1992 film had Robert Downey Jr playing the role of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, in Chaplin. The film had Downey pulling off a perfect rendition of the late actor. Critics lauded the fact that Downey managed to embody Chaplin in a way that it seemed like he was the real deal. His performance is often considered to be one of the best in biopics.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
In this film, Downey played the role of Harry Lockhart, a budding actor who moves to Los Angeles from New York. Lockhart begins to private eye lessons from a gay detective named Gay Perry (played by Val Kilmer). The film has a series of twists and turns that add to its re-watch value. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a multi-layered film, one which Downey brings out effectively.
Taking up the role of reporter Paul Avery, Downey pulls off the role with a lot of swag. There’s a lot of drinking and smoking that happens on screen and as the film progresses, and the character becomes uncomfortable, the audience too, feel the same.
Often considered as one of the most challenging roles played by Downey, the film forces the actor to ace satire and comedy. Downey had to develop multiple personas for filming, often when the scenes were shot moments close to each other.
The Singing Detective
In this film, Downey had to show off a lot more than his acting skills. The actor had to ramp up his singing and dancing skills as well. Downey’s performance was lauded for his graceful dance moves and his excellent rendition of Dan Dark.