“You know, 90% of the country believes in ghosts? Less than a third believes in evolution? 35% can correctly identify Homer Simpson and the fictional town which he resides. And less than 1% knows the name Thurgood Marshall. But when you put 12 Americans together in a jury and ask for justice? Something just out of brilliance happens. Often as not, they get it right.”
Robert Downey Jr. is the most fun, creative actor I’ve ever worked with. he’s like having an excited puppy on the set all the time. And even if he’s just finished a scene where he’s been crying, he wipes the tears away, jumps out of wherever he was and makes a joke. He makes it fun for everybody. Kind of what you’d expect.
David Dobkin, on working with Robert Downey Jr on The Judge, in his Reddit AMA
Last year around this time, it was announced that RDJ wasn’t going to be in Inherent Vice, a project that I had been waiting for since his tentative participation was announced three years ago.
I was pissed. In fact, I fucking whined. It was as though I felt RDJ owes me an explanation for any career decision that he makes.
Of course he doesn’t (I’m not that delusional). It’s just that when you’re such a huge fan, you get a little too emotionally invested in said actor’s career. And, you know, I adore the guy, warts and all, and I want to see him continue to do well. I’ve been particularly desperate to see him in non-franchise films.
At that time, what we knew of The Judge was a bare gist of a synopsis, i.e., city lawyer comes back home after a death in family. Needless to say I wasn’t enthused; it sounded very generic and I wished he had dropped it instead.
(This was all even though I had read that it was actually one of the most popular scripts in Hollywood of the past year.)
Anyway, some nice person following this blog took pity on me and sent me a copy, said that it’s actually good.
NOTE: The only reason why I haven’t posted the script for everyone to download, and I don’t intend to spread it around as such, is because I don’t think it would be in Team Downey’s best interest to do so.
(So if you do have a copy, please keep most of it to yourself.)
The next best thing, to me, is a script review. So here it is.