In February, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife wife welcomed a new baby boy into the world. Exton Elias is Downey's second child, and he recently talked to Esquire magazine about his new son, and about how he felt in the weeks leading up to the birth. "There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it. But what you're squeezing to the side, or what's in the glove box, is these thousands of forms of fear," Downey told Esquire for their May edition.
The "Iron Man" star went on to say that once his bouncing baby boy came home, "It seems like he's always been here." Downey also got into his philosophy of child-rearing to some extent. "... the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? You got to be mindful." Downey has one other son, Indio, who is 18 years old.
We thought we'd take a look now at some of the roles that have defined the new daddy for the second time's career.
Ian in "Weird Science" - It's one of the quintessential movies of the 1980s, and it stars Anthony Michael Hal as one of two boys in high school who are tired of being picked on and unpopular with the girls at school. So they do what any normal American teenager would do: they create a gorgeous woman out of thin air using their 1985-era personal computer, of course. Robert plays Ian, one of the boys' tormentors and he plays the cocky and arrogant bully very well.
Charlie Chaplin in "Chaplin" - In 1993 Robert was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of one of the most iconic actors in the history of motion pictures. In a bit of a shocking turn of events, Al Pacino won that year for his work in "Scent of a Woman," which had all the subtlety and nuance of a jack hammer. Downey's performance as one of the titans of silent films put him on the map as an actor who could do more than just teenage and young adult angst-comedies.
Larry Paul on "Ally McBeal" - Downey's fight with substance abuse is a long and storied affair, which ultimately culminated with him being all but drummed out of show business. In 2000 it seemed like he was on the path back to success, but he had a relapse and was arrested again in a hotel room. It was a disappointment and a set back, but one he eventually overcame. For what it's worth too, Downey's appearance on the sitcom breathed fresh life into the series and his work was quite solid, proving that he still had it in him to turn in impressive and funny performances.
Kirk Lazarus in "Tropic Thunder" - In one of his most daring and simultaneously brilliant comedic performances, Downey played a white, Australian actor who signed on to play a black soldier fighting in the Vietnam War. For the role, he went through hours of hair and makeup every day, and was completely transformed. He even changed his voice so convincingly that at times when watching the bawdy comedy it's easy to forget that it's him underneath it all.
Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" Franchise - If there was a sign that he'd gotten his career back on track, it was when he was picked to be the face of a huge summer blockbuster franchise like "Iron Man." Playing the rich and brilliant scientist Stark, Downey brought his trademark wry wit and humor to the role, making him an instantly lovable character, and driving the success of the three films. He's also reprising his role for "The Avengers," which hits theaters next month.
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