Twenty years with Robert Downey Jr.

I have loved many movie men over the years, with many of these early screen affairs igniting and extinguishing themselves during the eighties, the decade of my childhood. However some of the most special of actors have stayed with me beyond the pesky boundaries of the decades. As it turns out Robert Downey Jr is one such person who still manages to charm me today.

That’s not to say that our twenty year relationship hasn’t had its ups and downs. Like any affair of the heart or mind, often those artists we love the most are those who disappoint us the most when they fall below our expectations. This is true for me even if the nature of that relationship is as indirect as that between actor and audience member.

Before this year is over and in honour of my twenty year appreciation of Robert Downey Jr. I thought I’d share a quick timeline of scattered memories…

  • In 1989 I remember falling in love with RDJ in ‘Chances Are’ a movie about true love, soulmates and destiny. I don’t remember too much at all of the film, but no doubt its quality has not held up all that well.
  • In 1991 I drew a black & white portrait of RDJ for a high school art project (though admittedly I chose him because I had an easy picture to reproduce my drawing from… I was ever the lazy artist). I remember having a lot of trouble getting his nose right.
  • In 2000 I started watching Ally McBeal based purely on his addition to the cast; he was just too charming to resist. Sometime after this he was arrested (again) and I remember feeling frustrated at him for wasting the opportunity because I adored his character.

So that brings me to relatively recent times where Robert Downey Jr. is once again doing good in life and in the land of movies with his recent efforts in Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes… happy times indeed! Here’s to the next 20 years!!


  1. Paul

    It is great to see him back in control of himself again. Such a smart and charming actor. I am going to see this one and Avatar on Sunday. Happy New Year, Tracey and family!
    .-= Paul´s last blog ..The Year Of Doing (even more) Things. =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hey Paul!!

      I agree, RDJ is a fine acting talent so it’s wonderful to see him on the big screen again. I hope you enjoyed him in Sherlock Holmes!!
      And perhaps more importantly, I hope the start of this new year treated you, your family and friends exceedingly well!! 🙂

      Here’s to a FANTASTIC 2010!

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    What’s not to love! Happy New Year Tracey and clan. I must resolve to see more movies (that aren’t on the telly).
    .-= Gabrielle Bryden´s last blog ..Boxing Kangaroos (video) =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Oh, so glad you are also an appreciator of RDJ’s talents; as you can tell I think he’s pretty fantastic!!

      I hope you had a wonderful start to this new year, and that the rest of the year brings wonderful things to you and your family! (and yes, you’ll have to catch up with some more movies on the big screen… they are a wonderful inspiration and sometimes much-needed escape)… 🙂

  3. jason

    RDJ is great – he has surprised me many times over the years (see A Scanner Darkly) and he was the ONLY good thing about that movie of Less Than Zero. here’s hoping that guy ritchie does right by the guy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – RDJ is wonderful for sure! It’s wonderful that he has such a rich body of work behind him that I’m still yet to see (and hopefully a future of many more quality films in which I can admire him)… I really need to see A Scanner Darkly – many people have told me many, many good things about it! You’ll have to let me know what you think of Sherlock Holmes if you get around to seeing it!

      I hope your new year beginning has been fantastic so far, and that it continues in similar fashion!! 🙂

  4. maekitso

    My movie going efforts have been embarrasingly poor over the last decade or so, I’m sure. I do recall being disappointed when he messed up the Ally McBeal deal. I’m putting RDJ on my list of 2010 must catch up withs. Cheers!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brad – Well the trouble with going to the movies is that you need to squeeze time for them into our already busy lives… it can be a challenge!! Here’s hoping that RDJ’s recent return to form will stay for the long term, rather than disappointing us all again and wasting his talent away…

      I hope your year is taking off in tremendous fashion Brad!! (I’m a little behind at the moment but hoping to catch back up with your blog this week!)… 🙂

  5. Ricardo

    I really enjoyed his work in Iron Man and am likely going to check out sherlock holmes in the next week or so. He’s very entertaining to watch.
    .-= Ricardo´s last blog ..And She Returned =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – Thanks for your comments on Robert Downey Jnr. How did you like Sherlock Holmes. I’m back from blogger outer space and shall come visit your virtual home soon. I hope you’re well! 🙂

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