Robert Downey Jr. has named the two most important films of his recent career.
The New York City-born 58-year-old actor is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces today, perhaps best known for his portrayal as Tony Stark in 2008 iron man. Downey Jr. has reprized the role in nine other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, most recently in 2019 Avengers: Endgame.
So it’s perhaps surprising that Downey Jr. has named two more titles as his most important films of the past 25 years.
In a recent interview with The New York Timescalled the actor The shaggy dog And dolittle.
The 2006 family comedy The shaggy dog Tim Allen starred as Dave, an assistant district attorney who gets bitten by a dog and transforms into the animal.
His new dog life gives Dave a new perspective on the importance of family. Downey Jr played the villain Dr. Kozak, which was a critical flop, earning a mere 26 percent rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
dolittle was also derided upon its release in 2020 and currently has a 14 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film’s title character was Downey Jr., a doctor who can talk to animals – a role that made Eddie Murphy famous in the ’90s.
In the interview, Downey Jr. explained his reasons for naming the two unlikely films.
“Honestly, these are the two most important films I’ve made in the last 25 years The shaggy dogbecause that was the movie that made Disney say they would insure me,” he said.
“Then was the second most important film dolittle, because Dolittle was a two-and-a-half-year sore of missed opportunities. The stress it caused my wife as she rolled up her sleeves to even make it viable enough to launch was shocking.”
Downey Jr.’s wife, Susan Downey, co-produced dolittle. The couple are founders of the production company Team Downey, which also produced the HBO series PerryMason.
He continued: “After that point – what is that sentence? Do you never let a good crisis go by unused? – We have re-prioritized and made some changes to our closest business advisers.@
In the interview, however, the actor explained his film sir is “probably the most important thing I will ever do, which is the ability to become part of object and subject within a ‘content'”.
Released in 2022, sir is a Netflix documentary directed by Chris Smith that explores the careers and relationship between Downey Jr. and his father. Robert Downey Sr. died in 2021 at the age of 85.
Downey Jr. made his acting debut at the age of five in his father’s 1970 film Pound.
In his early twenties, the actor starred in teenage films such as Strange Science (1985) and Less than zero (1987). He received critical acclaim for his starring role in the 1992 biopic Chaplinfor which he received his first of two Oscar nominations.
He received his second nod in 2008 for his role as method actor Kirk Lazarus in the action comedy tropical thunder.
Next, Downey Jr. will star in Christopher Nolans Oppenheimerwhat he said The New York Times “was something like a demarcation line for me”.
The actor recently shared a happy photo with him Oppenheimer Castmates including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon.
However, the photo also featured John Krasinski, fueling speculation about it Office The star may have a cameo in the star-studded film – something Downey Jr. confirmed in his caption for the post, which has garnered nearly five million likes.