Dear RDJ (Robert Downey Jr. for the newbies),
I had the recent pleasure of meeting you a little over a week ago. Since then, I have enjoyed your newest film Iron Man 2. One of the many things I love about living in NYC is being able to bump into talented individuals such as yourself. You came to my work to hang out with kids who have cancer and I figured you would be in, get your pics, and out in 15 minutes.
Surprisingly, you stayed for over an hour and made sure each kid got a pic, signature, and personal interaction with the real Iron Man. One kid exclaimed, “He’s (Iron Man) real.” I must admit I reflect the same sentiment, you’re real, a real grounded and engaging person.
The staff wouldn’t admit it, but we were hanging around hoping we might get a chance to chat with you as well. Your handler lady said, “Let’s get one group staff picture.” You weren’t having that. You said in your most authoritative Tony Stark voice, “Now let me tell you how this is going to go. I want an individual picture with each and every one of you. Let’s start a line and I’m going to begin with you (me!).” You asked me my name and I managed to say it and you said, “It’s nice to meet you, Katie.” The professional photographer snapped a picture of us and I said “Can I get a copy of that?” You said, “Make sure she gets a copy of that and bill it to Paramount.” Supposedly the photographer is forwarding it to the hospital. Can you ask about that?
I enjoyed both your Iron Man films though I must admit I am partial to the first. I’m glad you guys didn’t sell out and put it out in 3D, even if it would have made more money. One thing I noticed was the switch of Terrence Howard for Don Cheadle. It was a little awkward but I realize oftentimes these things can’t be helped. Also, Scarlett Johansen was disappointing. She is very attractive in that tight suit but a little bland in the personality department. If she really speaks all those languages couldn’t she show them off more? If you switched Terrence Howard for Don Cheadle maybe you could switch this white girl for that one.
Also, the more I learn about you as a person the more I admire your resilience. You are an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian. But I think more than that what I like is your strength in the face of adversity. You went through a very public drug problem and totally resurrected your career despite it. You can make a joke about those rough patches too. Hollywood came knocking even when you were going through your hard times. People wanted you in their film even when insurance premiums were much higher because of you. Or as in the case of Chaplain, a director believed enough in you to fundraise for the film as the studio dropped it. That’s talent.
It’s also a testament to the American work ethic that you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. You weren’t born into success, you created it with your talent. Who else can do a believable Australian accent, African American, and British accent, as a white actor? You’re a true talent and it’s nice to see you back on top. If you could check on that picture I’d appreciate it.
Til’ next time,