YMMV: Robert Downey, Jr.

  • Crazy Awesome: Look at Tropic Thunder. Who else could take a role in a comedy (not a genre the Academy is especially fond of), perform in blackface (which a lot of people these days consider in bad taste due to how racially insensitive it is to African-Americans), and still get an Oscar nomination for it?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment and/or Hilarious in Hindsight: The first episode of Saturday Night Live's 11th season (host: Madonna; musical guest: Simple Minds) has a now Edited for Syndication cold opening in which NBC executive at the time Brandon Tartikoff conducts urine tests for all the new cast members at the time (which included a 20-year-old Robert Downey, Jr.) to see which one of them was a drug addict. The joke does become disturbing (or funnier) when you connect this with all the times Downey, Jr. was busted on drug charges in the 1990s and early 2000s, but at the same time, it was playing drug addicts (and staying off drugs in Real Life) that brought Downey, Jr. back to stardom from the mid-2000s to now. And when Downey Jr. came back to host in 1996 (he skipped out of rehab to do it), he did make fun of himself for his drug problems and frequent arrests.
  • Leslie Nielsen Syndrome
  • Money, Dear Boy: 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.
  • Win Back the Crowd