You know those dumb Top 5 Lists that Friends made popular? You know, those? The list every man and/or woman in a relationship “get to sleep with” with a free pass should the opportunity to present itself? When you’re drowning your woes into your marg at Applebee’s and [insert a Top 5 Here] comes in but there’s no where else to sit other than the seat next to you and he’s like TOTALLY normal and gorgeous and is giving you the goosebump-inducing flutters whilst his eyes positively drink you up and down in your New York & Co office pant suit?
Yes. Those lists. Those lists are the ones I’m talking about.
RDJ is on my list. He is #1, #2, #3 and part of #4 (don’t ask, don’t tell). I’ve loved the hell out of him since Less Than Zero, a movie my young mind didn’t quite understand but, oh! Those eyes! He’s in pain! And he wears a shirt, with a crab or lobster on it! Me, a 10 (?) year old girl from the Midwest with a pink mini boom box within which is my Tiffany tape! And on and on from there. And so, at the tender age of whatever, my Ideal Man Prototype was revealed. I like my men brilliant, supremely creative and tortured, quirky and confident without being arrogant and a smile that could cast a heavenly glow upon Hell. Bring me a tortured man/artist of sort and I will give you $10 and a baggie of my toenail clippings. (More valuable than you think. TRUFAX.)
RDJ is on the press junket to promote his new movie, Due Date, which also stars Zach Galifinakis. I’m not usually a movie person in that every time I try to see a movie at the theater is exactly the same time and in the same showing when 20 teenagers walk in squawking and generally being noisy. (Related: GET OFF MY LAWN) But what I like about Due Date so far is that this reminds me a bit of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, only hotter and funnier. And hotter. He’s on the cover of December’s GQ magazine in which he gives his characteristically and refreshingly candid and lengthy interview.
Robert Downey, Jr has predicted that he will be the undeserving winner of numerous Academy Awards in the future. The Due Date star, who has received two Oscar nominations for his work in 1992 biopic Chaplin and 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder, joked that he will eventually win big when there is nobody left to oppose him.
As long as I stick around, I’m going to end up with a bunch of them anyway as they’re going to run out of people to give them to,” he told GQ.“And I’m probably going to win it one year when someone else deserves to win it. Why? Because it’s my time. And that’s the way s**t works around here. I’m just an uptight mutt at the top of his game.”
However, Downey Jr insisted that he is no longer bitter about his losses and doesn’t care if he ever receives recognition from the Academy.“I want to qualify that there is no physical pain in not winning something. There is psychological turmoil and lack of understanding, but what is really going on here? I can lie, and pretend I worry but I don’t care. Honestly.”
He continued: “There was a time when I thought the only way out of hell was to win a certain type of award. And then I thought, ‘What a pitiful existence’.”
Robert Downey Jr. also relished working alongside wacky comic actor Zach Galifinakis in their new movie Due Date – because he rarely gets to play the “straight man.”
The pair shares the screen in the outlandish new comedy, which tells the story of an expectant father teamed with an unlikely travelling companion as he races to be by his wife’s side for the birth.
Galifianakis plays for laughs in a series of oddball set-ups, and rather than feeling jealous of his co-star’s scene-stealing performance, Downey, Jr. insists he enjoyed keeping his role understated.
He tells Britain’s GQ magazine, “It’s kind of embarrassing to say this, as I always thought of myself as being that type of actor, but Zach is probably one of the freestartists I have ever experienced. The funny thing for me was having the confidence to play the straight man for once, and it gave me a whole new set of insights into the people whose responsibility it is to hold the mooring lines while the other great talents have chewed up the scenery – and I’ve been that guy.”
*swoon* My adoration and unconditional love for the man only gets stronger. I loves me an honest celebrity, a man with quirks and an easy smile, but a bit tortured inside, quirky, a bit of a dandy. I don’t know. Maybe I just need to visit the ASPCA, because the day I’m in a Crapplebee’s drinking margs in my business casual pants suit and a run in my stockings, the only dude that will be hitting on me will look suspiciously like the dude from Deliverance.
Below is a video of a song he and Elton John did together, one in which RDJ’s troubled times are documented. If you’re an RDJ fan like I am, it’s touching. RDJ is one reason I can’t stand Lindsay Lohan. If there’s anyone to look to as inspiration that you can get your shit together, it’s him. He f*cked up, a lot, but he worked his ass off for any role just so he could prove that he was clean, would pass insurance tests and that he wouldn’t let them down.
So far he hasn’t. I’m proud of my boy. And he loves me.*
Full disclosure: He actually doesn’t. No. Let me fix that. He just doesn’t know it yet.