I am an 80’s kid, so obviously I’m a fan of Robert Downey Jr. If you grew up in the 80’s you couldn’t help, but like the guy. He played cocky and edgy roles in teen movies for the greater part of a decade. Unfortunately drugs got the best of him for a while, but now he is kicking butt again. His performance as Tony Stark in “Iron Man” is simply brilliant!
[Robert Downey Jr makes this movie. He is super cocky and cool, NOT modest like other super heroes. I was blown away by how clever this movie was put together. You guys have to see this!]
Robert Downey Jr Made a Few Bad Choices
The first movie I remember Downey Jr. in was “Weird Science”. This was a classic 80’s teen movie and he was a villain in the movie. Soon after that he played a drug addict in “Less Than Zero”…this was actually one of my favorite 80’s movies. I guess I liked the music, the clothes and the style of the whole movie. He had many other notable movies the next few years and even got an Oscar nomination for playing Charlie Chaplin in the movie “Chaplin”. His drug habit got the best of him from 1996-2001. He was in trouble with the law several times and had a serious drug problem. He even told a judge, “It’s like I have a loaded gun in my mouth and my finger’s on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gunmetal”.
Robert Downey Jr Is Offered The Leading Role in Iron Man
Many people questioned this choice until the movie was released. The director said that “Downey Jr. would be to Iron Man what Johnny Depp is to Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy”. That is a huge goal, but it was reached in my opinion. As a matter of fact, I can’t picture anyone else pulling off the role of Tony Stark. The same could be said of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. No doubt that Robert Downey Jr. is back on top again!
At The Age of 43, He Gets in the Best Shape of His Life
Downey Jr. has never been extremely obese or anything, but has typically been “skinny fat”. He has had no muscle tone at all and a slim to average size, but all fat. His face got pretty pudgy in his past few roles. Nothing extreme, but he was letting himself go like so many other middle-aged men and women. He was trained by a trainer named Brad Bose. Brad’s Philosophy is to help people get strong and lean without “getting beefy”. Sound familiar?
Downey Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle While Losing Fat
He did put on 20 pounds of muscle, but in case he probably needed it. I’m not against muscle gain if it looks like a “natural” amount of muscle. In his case he still looks very slim and can wear nice clothes, etc. He lost quite a bit of fat as well, so his dimensions were probably smaller than when he began. One of the big things Downey concentrated on was a device called the “Jacobs Ladder”. Imagine a cardio machine that is basically a ladder that you climb in place. It is crazy. Just imagine how many muscles that would work. What a great workout.
It is Great to Hear Success Stories Like This!
So many people “kick people when they are down”…I try my best to avoid that way of thinking. I think that many people enjoy seeing others when they are miserable. I think maybe it makes them rationalize their own shortcomings -or- it could be a bit of jealousy. Let’s instead try to celebrate it when people overcome tough odds and make great progress. If there is one thing to learn from Robert Downey Jr. is that “every dog has his day”. Persistence pays off!
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