Robert Downey Jr in London today with a fan.
As Robert’s director, what pleases me most is the precision and specificity of his performance, punctuated, like a diamond turning in the light, with flashes of unmistakable, irrepressible Downey brilliance.
— Curtis Hanson, Wonder Boys Cast and Crew Interviews. (2000)
Robert Downey Jr. was on probation during the winter of 1999 when Hanson considered him for a role in Wonder Boys. Hanson was cautious because of the actor’s drug history and concerned because it would be a tough film shot in sequence in Pittsburgh in the winter. Downey flew to Pittsburgh and had a long dinner conversation with Hanson where they addressed his problems. The actor demonstrated a commitment to the project and Hanson hired him. Reportedly, Downey acted in a professional manner for the entire four-and-a-half month shoot but after it ended, he returned to Los Angeles and violated his parole.x
Anyway, by now you may wonder how I wound up here. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, I don’t see another Goddamn narrator, so pipe down.
"She purchases sweaters and then I have a choice, but my choice was to gladden her by wearing the sweater she purchased." [x]
"For years I took pride in being resilient but that turned me into this guy who can get hit by a brickbat every morning and still look kind of cute.”