Category: Robert Downey Jr.

Gwyneth Paltrow consulted Robert Downey Jr. on playing an addict in 'Country Strong'

When Gwyneth Paltrow set about playing not-quite-recovered addict Kelly Canter in "Country Strong," she had some pretty A-list help in getting into character -- Robert Downey Jr.

Stopping by "Chelsea Lately" to promote the flick, Paltrow confessed she couldn't easily relate to the character's struggle.

"It was actually really challenging ... I didn't understand how you could do something so crazy one night and wreck lives in your wake, then wake up and expect to be back to normal," she said.

She then called on her "Iron Man" costar Downey for his own experiences.

"I actually e-mailed [Robert], who has been sober for a long time. He wrote me the most amazing e-mail and helped me understand it," Paltrow said.

Check out the her full interview above.


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-- Matt Donnelly


'Due Date' premiere arrives for Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr.

Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. at the Due Date premiere

How nice for Robert Downey Jr. that "Due Date" costar Zach Galifianakis seems to be the guy making  more scandalous headlines these days — not to mention the guy with a second "Hangover" in his future.

Jamie Foxx and Juliette Lewis at the Due Date premiere The two were among those hitting the red carpet outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood last week for the premiere of their road comedy, which has Downey as a father-to-be stuck driving cross country with Galifianakis, who plays an aspiring actor.

Other cast members making the scene: Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis and Michelle Monaghan. Click the photo of Fox and Lewis at right to launch a gallery of pictures from the Thursday event.

"Due Date" opens Friday in U.S. theaters.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Top photo: Zach Galifianakis, left, and Robert Downey Jr. outside Grauman's Chinese Theater at the premiere of "Due Date" on Oct. 28. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Second photo: Jamie Foxx and Juliette Lewis at the "Due Date" premiere in Hollywood. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Robert Downey Jr. at the 'Iron Man 2' premiere, on the film's appeal to women

Showing off his always quirky fashion sense, Robert Downey Jr. arrived in style at the premiere of his new film, "Iron Man 2," in Hollywood on Monday night. Donning a typical pair of funky shades and a faux flower in his lapel, Downey talked to reporters outside the El Capitan Theatre about reprising the role of Tony Stark.

So why does he think the first film was such a hit?

"Well, I know that a big part of it was that we were able to do what most of these genre films can't do, which is appeal to women and younger gals," he told us as we fought to get in a question among a pool of reporters on the red carpet. "And we didn't necessarily design it that way. I think part of it was always in the fabric of the 'Iron Man' story. I know that people said Stan Lee said that 'Iron Man' got more female fan mail than all the other superheroes put together -- probably because he's a bit more vulnerable and reminds them of their snotty boyfriends that they wish to calm down."

After seeing the film, we don't know how vulnerable Stark really is, but he certainly does remind us of a couple of obnoxious suitors we've dated who have needed to be reined in.

And what was it like reteaming with director Jon Favreau?

"We're like bunk mates at theater camp," he grinned. "It's ridiculous."

-- Amy Kaufman

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Mickey Rourke discusses his darker side at the 'Iron Man 2' premiere

After capturing the hearts of audiences (and the Academy) for his moving role in "The Wrestler," Mickey Rourke shows a darker side in his new role in "Iron Man 2." As Tony Stark's nemesis, Rourke is Ivan Vanko, a tattooed Russian physicist determined to overpower Robert Downey Jr.'s character.

"It's been OK," he said of the dramatic change in characters. "You know, I wanted to do a different kind of movie after 'The Wrestler,' and this was definitely different -- way different -- so it was a lot of fun to do this."

To prepare for the role, Rourke told us he actually spent time in Russia.

"I was in Russia on other business and it just happened to come at the right time, so I was able to go there and visit the prison," he said. He brought back what he learned there and "laid it out" for director Jon Favreau, who allowed the actor to the freedom to "roll with it."

The result? A totally maniacal character that Rourke made all his own.

-- Amy Kaufman

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The late DJ AM has a key cameo in 'Iron Man 2'

Djam The late DJ AM has a cameo in "Iron Man 2" -- apparently in a key scene -- our friends at Hero Complex are reporting exclusively after chatting with director John Favreau.

Favreau said star Robert Downey Jr. "took a real shine" to the man also known as Adam Goldstein, who with Travis Barker of Blink-182 famously survived a 2008 plane crash. What Favreau had planned as a "one-day bit" turned into a week on set for DJ AM. Goldstein died Aug. 28 of an accidental drug overdose, and the film wound up being dedicated to his memory.

"We tried to make [the cameo] respectful, and for people who know him, they'll get a kick out of it and for people who don't, it will sort of slide by without much notice," Favreau said Wednesday. Check out Hero Complex for more details about the scene, and about DJ AM.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein, spins at a benefit in Beverly Hills on Feb. 22, 2009. Credit: Michael Tullberg / Getty Images.

Related dispatch from the Ministry of Gossip:

Sneaker celeb DJ AM's kicks to be auctioned for charity

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POLL: Should Russell Crowe and Beyonce make beautiful 'Star Is Born' music?

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Our friends at 24 Frames report that the long-gestating update of "A Star Is Born" may finally be moving ahead with long-attached Beyonce. To play the jaded mentor and love interest to her budding young talent? Russell Crowe.

CroweThe Aussie actor is said to be at the top of a short list, with names like Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. previously kicked around, and apparently reciprocates the interest. 

Beyonce had a fair amount of success with her last remake, "Dreamgirls," dropping 20 pounds and getting her '60s groove on to play a pseudo Diana Ross. If the current re-imagination is anything like the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand, it could be the edgiest role for B to boot, and perhaps get her that Oscar she runs miles each day for (hear it for yourself in the above video around the 12:20 mark).  

 But back to Crowe -- our Frames friends make two valid points. The first, that this would be a return to more serious fare that we saw from the phone-averse star in his earlier career. The second, that this pairing would probably be the most high-profile big-screen interracial coupling since "The Bodyguard." 

That flick still has the record for bestselling movie soundtrack of all time. Sounds like something only Beyonce could top. 

Meanwhile -- who do you think Beyonce should be paired with, if anyone, in the remake?

-- Matt Donnelly

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Photo: Russell Crowe. Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Johnny Depp, sexiest man alive? It's sexy opinion time

Johnny People magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive, with Johnny Depp taking the lead as THE sexiest man alive in 2009.

Others on People's list? Adam Lambert, Nick Cannon, Robert Downey Jr. and the hot trio of guys from "Glee" -- Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling

We're not at all disappointed with People's pick -- even with the crush we have on Mr. Schuster. What's not to love about pirates and boy bands? (Though, hey, what about Chris Colfer?)

But your mileage may vary -- so the Ministry's Division of Absolutely Accurate Online Statistics is conducting research.

All results are, of course, completely nonscientific. And that's why we love them.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Is this guy sexy or what? Say what? Johnny Depp attends the Museum of Modern Art's film benefit tribute to Tim Burton on Nov. 17, 2009, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

MORE nonscientific online polls conducted by the Division of Absolutely Accurate Statistics:

Who's the worst celebrity influence on the planet? Nay, in the solar system!

If an artist such as Britney Spears lip-synchs in concert, what is the appropriate response?

If the Miss USA gay marriage question had been a bar brawl instead, who would you put in the angel costume?


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