He’s number one in the Irish charts with ‘Iron Man’, and this Friday, Robert Downey Jr. returns in Charlie Barlett, from first time director Jon Poll. But what do you really know about the man behind the Iron mask? Movies.ie investigates!
(1) His favourite actor is Peter O’Toole.
(2) During the ‘80s he lived with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker.
(3) Once worked as a piece of living art in a Soho nightclub in New York City.
(4) He is the son of cult filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.
(5) He met his current Susan Downey on the set of Gothika (2003). Sting and Billy Idol performed at their wedding.
(6) At the age of 10, while living in London, Robert attended the Perry House School in Chelsea and studied classical ballet
(7) After 3 violations of “probation” for drug and alcohol abuse in a three year span of time since he was spared a prison sentence and placed on probation, Malibu Judge Lawrence Mira stated that he was out of options and that he was sentencing Downey to prison to save his life. The Judge invoked the 3 years sentence in state prison that had been suspended in 1996. Downey, Dept of Corrections # P50522, spent 2 weeks in a state prison Reception Center at Wasco, California for orientation, and on 8/25/99 he was transferred to a Dept of Corrections prison named “SATF” (Substance Abuse Treatment Facility) for drug dependent prisoners in Corcoran California.
(8) He starred in Elton John’s music video for the song “I Want Love.” Downey was let out of rehab for one day specifically to shoot the video It was Downey’s first work since being fired from the TV show “Ally McBeal” in April 2001.
(9) He was approached to do the part as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
(10) Before he starred as Iron Man (2008) , he had done films with three of the actors who played Batman – George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), Val Kilmer Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and ‘Michael Keaton’ Game 6 (2005).
See Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Chartlie Bartlett’. Check out the trailer below.