History Creator / RobertDowneyJr

8th Dec '16 9:05:31 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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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]] {{Invoked}}- Since beating his drug problems for good, he tends to play characters who struggle with substance abuse, particularly alcoholics.



* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] 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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* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] {{Invoked}}: Downey writes music, sings and plays the piano quite well. As a result, this leads to some delightful showoff moments, including:



* 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."

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: [[invoked]] {{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: [[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''.
--> "Possibly the worst action movie of all time, and that's just not good for the maintenance of a good spiritual condition. You've had a traumatic year, you've been practically suicidal - what do you think would be really healing for you? How about like twelve weeks of running around as Johnny Handgun? I think that if you talk to a spirit guide, they would say, 'That'll kill you.'...I thought maybe there was something I was missing, and what I really needed to do was to be in one of those films that I love taking my kid to. It would end up being really depressing. I'd rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing I'm going to the set of ''US Marshals''".

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* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] {{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]] {{Invoked}}: He HATED doing ''Film/USMarshals''.
--> "Possibly the worst action movie of all time, and that's just not good for the maintenance of a good spiritual condition. You've had a traumatic year, you've been practically suicidal - what do you think would be really healing for you? How about like twelve weeks of running around as Johnny Handgun? I think that if you talk to a spirit guide, they would say, 'That'll kill you.'...' ...I thought maybe there was something I was missing, and what I really needed to do was to be in one of those films that I love taking my kid to. It would end up being really depressing. I'd rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing I'm going to the set of ''US Marshals''".



* 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 sucessor. 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 pracically 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.

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* PromotedFanboy: [[invoked]] {{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 sucessor. 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]] {{Invoked}}: He was fired from ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' because of his drug problems.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] {{Invoked}}: Met his current wife, producer Susan Levin, while making ''Film/{{Gothika}}''.
* ScullyBox: [[invoked]] {{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]] {{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]] {{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 pracically 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.
30th Nov '16 6:44:29 AM Morgenthaler
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He next played the lead character in Creator/GuyRitchie's adaptation of ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', which opened on Christmas 2009. It is a ''very'' different take on the character but surprisingly faithful to the original books, and it was a hit and a Golden Globe winning role for Downey.

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He next played the lead character in Creator/GuyRitchie's adaptation of ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'', which opened on Christmas 2009. It is a ''very'' different take on the character but surprisingly faithful to the original books, and it was a hit and a Golden Globe winning role for Downey.



** ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' (2009)

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** ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'' (2009)



* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] Oddly, Downey playing brilliant and dedicated yet deeply flawed heroes with a history of substance abuse ([[Film/IronMan alcohol]], [[Film/SherlockHolmes 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/SherlockHolmes [[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 cocaine]]) is what revived his career.
19th Oct '16 4:15:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OldShame: [[Invoked]] He HATED doing ''Film/USMarshals''.
--> "Possibly the worst action movie of all time, and that's just not good for the maintenance of a good spiritual condition. You've had a traumatic year, you've been practically suicidal - what do you think would be really healing for you? How about like twelve weeks of running around as Johnny Handgun? I think that if you talk to a spirit guide, they would say, 'That'll kill you.'...I thought maybe there was something I was missing, and what I really needed to do was to be in one of those films that I love taking my kid to. It would end up being really depressing. I'd rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing I'm going to the set of ''US Marshals''".


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* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: [[Invoked]] He was fired from ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' because of his drug problems.
13th Oct '16 8:30:09 PM JamesAustin
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In 2008, Downey became [[ComicBook/IronMan the title character]] in the ComicBook adaptation ''Film/IronMan1''. Somehow, playing a SuperHero with undeniable talent and a substance abuse problem seemed to be natural for him. His other 2008 films include ''CharlieBartlett'' and ''Film/TropicThunder'', directed by Creator/BenStiller, in which he played Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, who is overly engrossed in his role as an African-American soldier. He received his second Oscar nomination for the film, in the category of Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to Creator/HeathLedger (but not before being lauded by Creator/CubaGoodingJr as the only man crazy enough and good enough to play blackface).

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In 2008, Downey became [[ComicBook/IronMan the title character]] in the ComicBook adaptation ''Film/IronMan1''. Somehow, playing a SuperHero with undeniable talent and a substance abuse problem seemed to be natural for him. His other 2008 films include ''CharlieBartlett'' and ''Film/TropicThunder'', directed by Creator/BenStiller, in which he played Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, who is overly engrossed in his role as an African-American soldier. He received his second Oscar nomination for the film, in the category of Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to Creator/HeathLedger (but not before being lauded by Creator/CubaGoodingJr Cuba Gooding, Jr. as the only man crazy enough and good enough to play blackface).




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* ''Film/WeirdScience'' (1985) Ian

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* ''Film/WeirdScience'' (1985) as Ian


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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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* 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:
** Downey performed his own compositions in the movies ''Friends and Lovers'' and ''Two Girls and a Guy.''
** The song played during the ending credits of ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is a Downey original from his 2004 music album ''The Futurist''.
** Downey's acclaimed musical performances on ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' include a version of Music/JoniMitchell's song "River" and a duet version of the song "Every Breath You Take" with Music/{{Sting}}.


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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."


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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.


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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 sucessor. 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.
* 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 pracically 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}}'':
** As Creator/JossWhedon noted, the "That man is playing ''Galaga''!" line was ad-libbed, and worked so well that Whedon decided to dub in an image of ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' on "that man's" console as the scene's punch line.
** Reportedly, Tony's "Let's just not come in tomorrow" speech was improvised, as was Tony taunting Thor with the line [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe "Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?"]]
** The shawarma gag was also his, so by proxy he threw in the entire second stinger.
** The scene with Tony eating blueberries wasn't scripted; RDJ had a habit of squirreling food away around the set, and was hungry when they were filming the scene.
* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] Oddly, Downey playing brilliant and dedicated yet deeply flawed heroes with a history of substance abuse ([[Film/IronMan alcohol]], [[Film/SherlockHolmes cocaine]]) is what revived his career.
12th Oct '16 8:57:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DeadpanSnarker: Both on and offscreen.
12th Oct '16 8:55:46 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorAllusion: 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:
** Downey performed his own compositions in the movies ''Friends and Lovers'' and ''Two Girls and a Guy.''
** The song played during the ending credits of ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is a Downey original from his 2004 music album ''The Futurist''.
** Downey's acclaimed musical performances on ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' include a version of Joni Mitchell's song "River" and a duet version of the song "Every Breath You Take" with Sting.



* 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."



* 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.
* OneOfUs:
** Of the "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Stony shippers]]", in any case: After ''The Avengers'', he has repeatedly claimed that Steve and Tony got married (Steve ''might'' have worn a dress, Clint caught the bouquet and Natasha thinks they're adorable). Then again, it's probably easier to name the slash ships involving his characters he ''hasn't'' [[ShipTease teased]] in some way ("Mark Ruffalo and I are adopting a child. [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Tony Banner]]"). And let's not even get started on the ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' press tours. Add to this, he entered an ''Film/IronMan3'' presentation at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con by dancing through the fans, wearing an Iron Man gauntlet on his right hand.
** He has also been declared Captain of the Pepperony ship. He fought for Creator/GwynethPaltrow to have a role in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', several quotes from him regarding ''Film/IronMan3'' are about Pepper and Tony's relationship, and when asked what he would have of Tony's if he could get it, he answered: "Pepper Potts".
** And now he and Creator/GwynethPaltrow call themselves "Pepperony". The fan reactions on tumblr ranged from "THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED" to "WAIT HOW MUCH DO THEY KNOW?!"
** He knows about "Captain Dorito,"[[note]]A meme referring to Captain America actor Chris Evans' shoulder-to-waist ratio.[[/note]] even referring to Creator/ChrisEvans as "Dorito" at Comic-Con 2014.
** His official Facebook page is full of fan-made art, memes, Tumblr posts, etc. related to him or his work.



* PromotedFanboy: He's a fan of the ''Iron Man'' series.
* 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 [[Creator/GwynethPaltrow his love interest co-star]] [[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 IronMan was this for him. He had had a popular career before it, but after his legal and substance abuse problems he had become pracically 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}}'':
** As Creator/JossWhedon noted, the "That man is playing ''Galaga''!" line was ad-libbed, and worked so well that Whedon decided to dub in an image of ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' on "that man's" console as the scene's punch line.
** Reportedly, Tony's "Let's just not come in tomorrow" speech was improvised, as was Tony taunting Thor with the line [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe "Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?"]]
** The shawarma gag was also his, so by proxy he threw in the entire second stinger.
** The scene with Tony eating blueberries wasn't scripted; RDJ had a habit of squirreling food away around the set, and was hungry when they were filming the scene.
* TypeCasting: Oddly, Downey playing brilliant and dedicated yet deeply flawed heroes with a history of substance abuse ([[Film/IronMan alcohol]], [[Film/SherlockHolmes cocaine]]) is what revived his career.
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26th Sep '16 7:58:22 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ScullyBox: He's just 5' 8'' (1,70 m), so his superhero movies at times require him to wear high heels (as even [[Creator/GwynethPaltrow his love interest co-star]] [[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...]]).

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* ScullyBox: He's just 5' 8'' (1,70 (1,74 m), so his superhero movies at times require him to wear high heels (as even [[Creator/GwynethPaltrow his love interest co-star]] [[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...]]).
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