good guy robert downey jr

Peter: You beat people up and charge money?

Bucky: Yeah.

Tony: Sad, isn’t it?

Peter: How much would you charge to beat up Flash?

Tony: [horrified] What?

Bucky: How much you got?

Peter: Thirty bucks.

[Bucky nods in acceptance]

Tony: That’s good, this conversation is over.


Robert Downey Jr. (with cameo appearances of Susan and Exton) sending a video message to Robert Rusler’s son, Charlie, who broke his leg.

He calls himself “Uncle Bob”.


What you said to the New York Times once was, it was after your incarceration, you said, “You can’t go from a $2,000 a night hotel suite to a penitentiary and understand it and come out a Liberal.” And I just wondered what you meant by that? Well, the funny this is, and I appreciate your point of view, things that you said 5-7 years ago or things you said in an interview that made sense to you at the time, I could pick that apart for two hours and be no closer to the truth than I’d be giving you some half-assed answer right now. I couldn’t even really tell you what a Liberal is, so therein lies the answer to your question.

It was so intimidating.  But the thing was, I walked into the room on this soundstage, and they had this little set, and Robert (Downey Jr.) took me aside and said, ‘Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It’s nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we’ll just start again. No pressure.’  But that kind of raised the pressure a little bit for me. But he was great and super supportive, and because he said he’d been there and had been in the same situation, it made me relax a little bit.

Remember that little boy from over six months ago?  The one for whom Bob dressed up in a Tigger costume in order to cheer him up?

As RDJ promised months ago, he is invited and will be attending the London premiere of Captain America: Civil War tomorrow night.

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Update (4/26/2016)–

RDJ sent Daniel a personal driver in a car to pick him up.


The Making of “Glory” ft. Robert Downey Jr.

I was surprised when he said yes, which he did right away.  He’s not interested in being particularly partisan, but he cares, he gets it.

JOSS WHEDON, on when he asked ROBERT DOWNEY JR. to participate in his “Save the Day” voting initiative.

“It leads with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. — the biggest name in Whedon’s line-up and a guy who has tried to remain non-political over the years, even though he has occasionally expressed that he has conservative leanings.

Whedon wasn’t sure what Downey would say when he asked him to participate.

‘I was surprised when he said yes, which he did right away,’ the director says. 'He’s not interested in being particularly partisan, but he cares, he gets it. What he wrote me when I emailed him was, ‘I suppose I can take part in your champagne socialist agenda.’ So I was like, yes, I can’t argue with that.’”  EW

So I’m entangled in defending RDJ from attacks by right-wingers here over his appearance in Joss’s Save the Day video - and then I see the Team Kiel video and I’m seriously just wishing people would see the real guy, and what really, truly matters – which, at the end of the day, is people and humanity and doing good. And sometimes I just think wow, we sure picked a good one to admire. I admire no one more than the people who work with and volunteer with terminally sick kids, who know they’re literally looking death in its awesome and terrible  face every day and saying “not today” (until that day comes, of course, which must just tear their hearts and souls apart) - who work to bring joy and happiness into these kids’ lives and give them great experiences in their time here – because the NOW is all that matters. The courage, the grace, the compassion! 

And I’m fairly certain RDJ would demur and say it’s the families, of course, and the doctors and careworkers who deserve the credit.

But it’s also the rare role models, the ones who are in unique positions that kids admire - actors, sports stars, etc. - who dedicate their time to visiting these children and raising their morale. Look at this - the top male movie star in the world, and he’s just hangin’ with the fam, surrounded by happy kids, back from a fishing trip and then off to have dinner, bringing delight and hope and magical memories into lives that are no doubt often stressed and fraught with fear.  (Notice too how he directs the camera to the other kids in the family, because those kids often feel left out when so much attention is on the ill child - I just…)