Happy Birthday Robert Downey Jr!

, by Zoë Gulliksen

Dear Robert Downey Jr,
Happy 48th Birthday!!

My undying (and at points obsessive) love for you has endured many grueling years but has ultimately paid off! To celebrate your special day, oh future baby daddy of mine, let us look at my most loved parts of your career thus far<3>

Only You (1994)

Who can turn down RDJ in a cheesy 90s romantic comedy?! He plays a charming American man who falls in love with Marisa Tomei's character, even though she is on a mad hunt for another man she's never met. I love this film because these two has splendid chemistry and RDJ is at his most charming.

 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

I consider this movie to be RDJ's true comeback after his April 2001 arrest. At that time he did not go to jail but was put on probation for the next three years and his movies between then and this one I didn't enjoy as much. (Those films include The Singing Detective, which was weird, & Gothika where, I must add, is where he met his wife Susan). This movie is the most well written & best casted film he's ever been in, in my opinion. You should all see it for the simple fact that it was written & directed by Shane Black, who also the director & co writer of Iron Man 3. Want to know why IM3 looks so good? Its because of Black. ;)

                      The Pick-up Artist (1987)

This was RDJ's first leading role! This will always be one of my favorites, despite the inclusion of Molly Ringwald. (I cannot stand her in any film, so its a big deal when I say that I thoroughly enjoy this movie.) It takes place mainly in my own neighborhood, the Upper West Side, as well as other locations such as Coney Island and Atlantic City. He plays Jack Jericho, a sweet talking womanizer who meets a woman who will do anything to stay away from him. Key scenes include him in a towel trying his pick-up lines on his reflection in the mirror.

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus  (2006)

This is one of the strangest films RDJ has ever done. Nicole Kidman costars as the photographer Diane Arbus, who was known for black and white photos of deviant or circus folk-like people. This film is pure fiction, and explores what might have happened if Arbus fell in love with the strange & "deformed" man living in the apartment above her. RDJ as her neighbor, Lionel, is heartbreaking and odd, a performance you must see. 

Ally McBeal: Season Four (2000-2001)

I have many "feels" about this show, this particular season, and RDJ's performance. First off, this is my favorite role he has ever done, ever. You might notice that there is a lack of Tony Stark on this blog post. That is because the amount of charisma and love Tony has for Pepper does not compare in any way for the way RDJ's character Larry Paul feels about Ally McBeal.
Larry Paul is a fellow lawyer in Boston, and is the first real relationship Ally has on the show. He loves her in a way that puts to shame every other romance. He has a tortured past but loves Ally with every fiber of his being. He also has the best lines and scenes of the whole series.
RDJ was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for his performance on Ally McBeal. He also was a featured writer and singer on the show soundtrack! He sang & played the piano on many episodes, melting your heart. Sadly, he was arrested in November and April of the season resulting in him being written off the show before the last episode. That will always be a major disappointment in my life because Ally & Larry were supposed to be married in the last episode but that all changed after the second arrest.

Below is a scene of Larry singing "Every Breath You Take" with Sting as a surprise for Ally's birthday

And this concludes my round up of my favorite Robert Downey Jr performances. Honorable mentions are Kirk Lazarus from Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, Tony Stark, and Mr. Willowby from Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree. What is your favorite RDJ performance?

P.S.- RDJ, I don't ever want children, but if you asked me to bear you more children, I would. In a heart beat. Just saying.  


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