Today, April 4th, Robert Downey Jr. turns 55. A milestone that exceeds half a century for an actor who literally marked the years zero with his work. Just Robert Downey gave the opportunity to the phenomenon of cinecomics by giving, to those who had always lived as naive and very simple entertainment products, a series of different shades of maturity that really laid the foundations for the great success of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The secret of success? His charisma. Overflowing, uncontainable, overwhelming, immediate and uncompromising: the charming ego of Robert Downey Jr. is a burning star around which everything revolves always and in any case.
Whether it’s the multi-millionaire philanthropist and playboy Tony Stark, who is the unpredictable and brilliant Sharlock Holmes, Downey Jr. brings on the screen substantially himself so much that it seems difficult to understand where the character ends and where the man begins, where the celluloid and where real life.
Also because his life seems to have been written by a screenwriter starting from his rise and fall with a happy ending attached: from young talent to unpresentable up to returning to star of first magnitude.
To celebrate Robert Donwey Jr.’s 55th birthday, we decided to tell his career in 5 iconic films
Beyond all limits
Beyond all limits (© 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved)
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Less famous than John Hughes’ The Explosive Woman, Beyond All Limits is for us the film that truly marks the debut of Robert Downey Jr. and his ability to bring the laziness of excess to the screen. Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero based on the film will be worth Robert Downey Jr. the opening of the first-rate cinema doors (and will also be the debut of a very young Brad Pitt).
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The film of the first consecration: Robert Donwey Jr. in 1992 applies the theory of total immersion to bring the figure of Charlie Chaplin to the screen. Study movements, style of speech, change his physique, cancel himself in the historical figure. Today he would have an Oscar for best actor in his pocket, but at the time, in addition to a handful of nominations, he won “only” a BAFTA.
A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly (© Warner Independent / Everett Collection)
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The film of the return after the long pause as unpresentable from Hollywood. The lucid dream taken from the pages of Phillip K. Dick brings Robert Downey Jr. to the scene, albeit as a supporting actor, in what remains a small hidden gem with a top-level cast (and “forgotten” actors).
Tropic Thunder (© DreamWorks / courtesy Everett Collection)
© © DreamWorks / Courtesy Everett Collection
The first step towards definitive consecration. Robert Downey returns to the comedy, his first great love and he does it with the friends of the Brat Pack with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Opera with an extraordinary comic taste, it remains one of the cornerstones of the comedy of the 2000s
The Avengers, (© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection)
© © Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection
More than Iron Man, The Avengers, the first of the saga, has within it the color of a nascent galaxy, the beginning of something great. Inside, Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of veteran, champion, coach, teacher and mentor. Unmissable even if you don’t like cinecomics.