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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENTwo Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight (1975).

also known as:  Moment to Moment. Throughout its one-hour running time you see him pop up here and there, usually on the screen between 2-5 seconds. It’s a showcase for his mom, Elsie Downey, who plays all of the female parts in this experimental film that makes absolutely no sense (but I think that’s the point; the scenes are literally from “moment to moment”)

You see the entire Downey family here — mom, dad, sister Allyson, Robert (credited as “R.J. Downey”).  The scenes (if you can even call them that) with RDJ almost feel like they were taken from private home videos.

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENOne Night Stand (1997)

also known as: That film where RDJ plays Charlie, a gay man who has AIDS and is the best friend of the lead character, played by Wesley Snipe.  The main premise of the film plays out with Charlie’s illness in the background.  Cute face aside, he looked disturbingly thin here (not a good period for him personally and professionally), to a point that it works for his character’s plight.  Uh, what else? Kyle MacLachlan plays his brother.  Oh, and this is where that original “praise RDJesus” gif is from:

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENTwo Girls and a Guy (1998).

also known as:  that film where RDJ plays a two-timing actor/musician who’s caught in his lies and confronted by his two girlfriends in his NYC apartment. James Toback had written the part with RDJ in mind and allows him plenty of freedom and to improvise the majority of his lines.  While not exactly an oh-wow-amazing film, I think it’s a great one to watch to witness RDJ just act, without special effects or elaborate costume.  It’s a raw performance.

Those gifs of RDJ licking and swapping spit with a woman?  It’s from this film.

Oh, and RDJ eats out Heather Graham.  Yay, cunnilingus!

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEEN: Saturday Night Live (1985).

Ok, this is obviously not a film but I’m lumping it on this list anyway.

One of his earliest high-profile professional gigs, a job which he got primarily because Lorne Michaels really wanted Anthony Michael Hall as a regular, and Anthony wanted RDJ with him.  (They’re really close friends; in fact, AMH is Indio’s godfather and they remain close to this day.)

Also of note: James Downey, who was/is one of SNL’s writers, is RDJ’s stepuncle.

Anyway, they weren’t kidding when they said this season is abysmal.  It truly is.  If you wanna watch it, all episodes are on Hulu. RDJ appears sporadically in the episodes, sometimes as a main player in the sketch, most times a glorified extra.  He had a couple of regular sketches throughout the season — “Actors on Film” and “Double R”.

He was still practically a teenager, and you can tell (he looked so young and tiny compared to everybody else). Gap-toothed, sometimes awkward, but always very game and hyper as hell … pretty much like his current 48-year-old self.

As I’ve mentioned in another post, you can watch a handful of his sketches on Yahoo for free.

Again, this season blows.  You will laugh, but out of embarrassment for the people involved (I know I did).  

But— if you have a craving to see baby!RDJ going through some growing pains, then this is definitely the ticket.

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEEN: First Born (1984).

Calling this an “RDJ film” is quite a stretch, considering that he only has a bit part. But hey, he actually has lines in this film!  He plays a high school junior who is friends with the lead character.

If I’m not mistaken, this is his first film role that isn’t in any way connected to his dad. This also marks the first (and only?) time he and then-girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker had ever worked together in a film.

You can watch all of his scenes (a total of 5 minutes) on Youtube. Otherwise, I thought it was a decent-ish Lifetime movie sort of film. Oh, and this also serves as Corey Haim’s film debut.

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENTrue Believer (1989).

also known as: "That film where RDJ plays a young graduate learning the ropes from an unconventional lawyer as they defend an innocent man."

trivia: RDJ earned the nickname “Binky” from James Woods in this film. James Woods went on to say "Binky is too cute; I can’t be in a movie with anyone this cute."

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENLethargy (2002).

It’s a seven-minute “film” and RDJ’s part is approximately a minute and fifteen seconds long (I timed it).  He plays a nameless animal therapist. This used to be available quite freely online (i.e., it was uploaded on Youtube, you can download it, etc.) but then the director did some kind of a cease-and-desist and they were all taken down.

There’s no need to watch this one since RDJ’s scene is essentially this gif photoset right here.  Unless you’re an RDJ collector then …

So yeah.

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENDanger Zone (1996).

also known as: that film where RDJ plays an arms smuggler with a Southern accent and long-ish hair (that was initially Home for the Holidays!beautiful but then turns into some hilarious, Steven Seagal hair sort of shit when he reappears in the middle of the film).  

It’s the sort of film that you’ll only watch because you’re on a crazy-ass quest to watch every single film on Robert Downey Jr.’s IMDb filmography (which I guess I am).  That’s a reason I often use with regards to some of the films he made during that particularly dark period of his life, including this one (made in 1996).

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEENThe Gingerbread Man (1998).

also known as:  That Robert Altman thriller starring Kenneth Branagh where RDJ plays a detective who works with Branagh’s character.  It’s a supporting role but you get to hear RDJ do his southern accent.

I’ve had this film downloaded for over two years now (according to the file info, I downloaded it on February 9th 2010). I saw it for the first time a couple of nights ago.

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RDJ FILMS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SEEN:  America (1982).

Also known as Moonbeam, filmed in 1982 but released in 1986.  Robert Downey Sr.’s film about a failing cable TV station (Channel 92) whose fortune turns around after its transmission accidentally gets broadcasted to the rest of the world.

Look, I’m usually pretty good at watching Senior’s films in its entirety but for some reason, I just couldn’t with this one.  I don’t know whether it’s because this one is just that bad (it’s really bad), it’s on VHS, or there’s just way too little of Junior to pay attention to (it’s essentially an extra role), but … I’m not quite sure what the hell i just watched.

Then again, that’s usually my reaction with most of Senior’s films that I’ve seen.

Anyway, 17-year-old Robert plays the lead character’s son.  In one of the two scenes that he features in, he actually has a few lines: "Everybody has a car. Why can’t I get a car? As far as this "get a job" stuff, I’m not gonna get a job. You better get some delusion insurance because I’m not getting a job."

Good news for you is, these two gifs and the quote above pretty much encompass all of RDJ’s presence in the film.

So yeah.

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