History Creator / RobertDowneyJr

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* ''Film/{{One Night Stand|1997}}'' as Charlie

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* ''Film/{{One Night Stand|1997}}'' (1997) as Charlie
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* ''Film/{{One Night Stand|1997}}'' as Charlie
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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics. The Burger King reference in ''Film/IronMan'' alludes to the moment when he realized he hit rock bottom and had to do something to fix his life.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while and providing financial support. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend and urged people to give Gibson the same chance they gave him.
* CelebrityParadox: Nobody is sure if he is actually Robert Downey Jr. or if he is, in fact, Tony Stark. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-H8gdxSK34 Not even him]].

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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics. The Burger King reference in ''Film/IronMan'' ''Film/IronMan1'' alludes to the moment when he realized he hit rock bottom and had to do something to fix his life.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while and providing financial support. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend and urged people to give Gibson the same chance they gave him.
* CelebrityParadox: Nobody is sure if he is actually Robert Downey Jr. or if he is, in fact, Tony Stark. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-H8gdxSK34 Not even him]].
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* DeadpanSnarker: Both on and offscreen.
* FriendToAllChildren: The man is ''really'' damn good with kids after his performances as Iron Man.



* PrettyBoy: Had boyish looks in his early days. Later in his career, he's gotten to be a {{Hunk}}.

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* PrettyBoy: Had boyish looks in his early days.days made him portray this kind of characters. Later in his career, he's gotten to be a {{Hunk}}.
5th Jul '17 6:37:48 PM creader
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* ''Film/{{Chef}}'' (2014) as Marvin
1st Jun '17 5:55:19 PM bombadil211
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend and urged people to give Gibson the same change they gave him.

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while.while and providing financial support. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend and urged people to give Gibson the same change chance they gave him.
1st Jun '17 5:54:40 PM bombadil211
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend.

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend.friend and urged people to give Gibson the same change they gave him.
1st Jun '17 5:44:44 AM bombadil211
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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics.

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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics. The Burger King reference in ''Film/IronMan'' alludes to the moment when he realized he hit rock bottom and had to do something to fix his life.
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* WagTheDirector: [[invoked]] The MCU was supposed to further explore Tony Stark's alcoholism (as seen in ''Film/IronMan2'') but he nixed the idea, saying that it would have caused him to revisit a mindset that he'd worked hard to overcome. Tony's story arc was reworked to have him deal with PTSD and a neverending need to be Iron Man at the expense of everything else.
4th Apr '17 6:10:47 PM newsguy95
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When his career hit the skids, one of the few in Hollywood to help him out was Mel Gibson, even letting him sleep on his couch for a while. Years later, the situation was reversed when Gibson's career was rocked by scandal; at the Golden Globes, everyone shunned him...except Downey, who made a point of sitting right next to his old friend.
1st Apr '17 11:51:58 PM anza_sb
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* ActorAllusion: Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics.

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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics.



* CareerResurrection: Downey's turns in critically lauded films such as ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', and ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' returned him to the realm of respected actor, but his appearance in ''Film/IronMan1'' cemented him as an A-lister. Prior to this, he was practically unemployable as his drug problems made him very difficult to insure.
* TheCastShowoff: Downey writes music, sings and plays the piano quite well. As a result, this leads to some delightful showoff moments, including:

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* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] Downey's turns in critically lauded films such as ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', and ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' returned him to the realm of respected actor, but his appearance in ''Film/IronMan1'' cemented him as an A-lister. Prior to this, he was practically unemployable as his drug problems made him very difficult to insure.
* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] Downey writes music, sings and plays the piano quite well. As a result, this leads to some delightful showoff moments, including:



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: A noted ad-libber, Downey was vital in making the largely unscripted ''Film/IronMan1'' as funny as it was. Tony Stark's "shawarma" line in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' was also the result of a sequence of ad-libs. Also notable is that though Creator/JossWhedon is the one who came up with Tony's quip to Thor about "Shakespeare in the Park," Downey is the one who decided to start taunting Thor about "weareth(ing his mother's) drapes."

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: [[invoked]] A noted ad-libber, Downey was vital in making the largely unscripted ''Film/IronMan1'' as funny as it was. Tony Stark's "shawarma" line in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' was also the result of a sequence of ad-libs. Also notable is that though Creator/JossWhedon is the one who came up with Tony's quip to Thor about "Shakespeare in the Park," Downey is the one who decided to start taunting Thor about "weareth(ing his mother's) drapes."



* MoneyDearBoy: He admitted he's probably not going back to his indie roots anytime soon, because most of what he's participated in was poorly-promoted, mediocre, and inexperienced.
* OldShame: He HATED doing ''Film/USMarshals''.

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* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] He admitted he's probably not going back to his indie roots anytime soon, because most of what he's participated in was poorly-promoted, mediocre, and inexperienced.
* OldShame: [[invoked]] He HATED doing ''Film/USMarshals''.



* PromotedFanboy: He's a fan of the ''Iron Man'' comic series, even [[http://screenrant.com/marvel-comics-iron-man-riri-williams-robert-downey/ responding positively]] to the decision to give Iron Man an AffirmativeActionLegacy successor. He also once watched ''The Matrix'' with his wife (who is also a Hollywood producer) and simply said, "I could do that." And thus set the plan in motion to headline a blockbuster action film after putting his old habits behind him for good.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: He was fired from ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' because of his drug problems.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Met his current wife, producer Susan Levin, while making ''Film/{{Gothika}}''.
* ScullyBox: He's just 5' 8'' (1,74 m), so his superhero movies at times require him to wear high heels (as even his love interest co-star Creator/GwynethPaltrow [[http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/images/celebritology/08/gwyn_morph.jpg can tower over him]] -- [[http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2010/04/28/previews/Gwyneth%20Paltrow%20and%20Robert%20Downey%20Jr.-DGG-024893.jpg though when both have proper shoes...]]).
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Downey's teenage son is a fan of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', so he called the show's production staff and asked if he could be involved in making an episode. The result of that was Downey guest-starring on the episode in which Peter starts a pro-obese men advocacy group and Lois finds out that she has a long-lost brother who was put in a mental hospital [[spoiler:after seeing his mom giving a blowjob to Jackie Gleason, which triggered Patrick's murderous hatred for fat men]].
* StarMakingRole: In a weird way ''Film/IronMan1'' was this for him. He had had a popular career before it, but after his legal and substance abuse problems he had become practically untouchable and was seen as something of a has-been. Then he was hired to play Tony Stark, and since then he has been one of the highest-earning actors in the world, and is practically inseparable from the role.
* ThrowItIn: '''Endlessly.''' Examples from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':

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* PromotedFanboy: [[invoked]] He's a fan of the ''Iron Man'' comic series, even [[http://screenrant.com/marvel-comics-iron-man-riri-williams-robert-downey/ responding positively]] to the decision to give Iron Man an AffirmativeActionLegacy successor. He also once watched ''The Matrix'' with his wife (who is also a Hollywood producer) and simply said, "I could do that." And thus set the plan in motion to headline a blockbuster action film after putting his old habits behind him for good.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: [[invoked]] He was fired from ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' because of his drug problems.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] Met his current wife, producer Susan Levin, while making ''Film/{{Gothika}}''.
* ScullyBox: [[invoked]] He's just 5' 8'' (1,74 m), so his superhero movies at times require him to wear high heels (as even his love interest co-star Creator/GwynethPaltrow [[http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/images/celebritology/08/gwyn_morph.jpg can tower over him]] -- [[http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2010/04/28/previews/Gwyneth%20Paltrow%20and%20Robert%20Downey%20Jr.-DGG-024893.jpg though when both have proper shoes...]]).
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: [[invoked]] Downey's teenage son is a fan of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', so he called the show's production staff and asked if he could be involved in making an episode. The result of that was Downey guest-starring on the episode in which Peter starts a pro-obese men advocacy group and Lois finds out that she has a long-lost brother who was put in a mental hospital [[spoiler:after seeing his mom giving a blowjob to Jackie Gleason, which triggered Patrick's murderous hatred for fat men]].
* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]] In a weird way ''Film/IronMan1'' was this for him. He had had a popular career before it, but after his legal and substance abuse problems he had become practically untouchable and was seen as something of a has-been. Then he was hired to play Tony Stark, and since then he has been one of the highest-earning actors in the world, and is practically inseparable from the role.
* ThrowItIn: [[invoked]] '''Endlessly.''' Examples from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':



* TypeCasting: Oddly, Downey playing brilliant and dedicated yet deeply flawed heroes with a history of substance abuse ([[Film/IronMan alcohol]], [[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 cocaine]]) is what revived his career.

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* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] Oddly, Downey playing brilliant and dedicated yet deeply flawed heroes with a history of substance abuse ([[Film/IronMan alcohol]], [[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 cocaine]]) is what revived his career.
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