Governor Brown gives Downey a full and unconditional pardon for his drugs conviction in 1996. Downey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle with a prior conviction, driving under the influence and use of a controlled substance. He served one year and three months in prison, two years on parole and nearly three years on probation. Brown:
Pardons are not granted unless they are earned…[Downey has] paid his debt to society…He has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.
Highest paid actor
Downey claims top spot in Forbes’ annual rich actors ranking for the third time in a row with earnings of $80 million. This includes a chunk of the box office for Avengers: Age of Ultron and a reported $40 million for Captain America: Civil War.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
In this action film directed by Joss Whedon, based on a book by Whedon, Downey plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, whose attempt to create a peace-keeping program goes awry, resulting in the rise of Ultron, a psychopathic computer-robot hybrid. The Avengers unite to save the planet. Co starring Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner.
You never want to lean on things that you did knowing that it was like a back-up parachute. You don’t want to pretend there’s a back-up to that back-up parachute. And yesterday’s approach doesn’t necessarily work today. That’s what I really enjoy – that double sliding scale Spock Chess thing. How do you do it? How did you ever do it? How did you do it before, and how are you going to do it next time? I think, ultimately, it comes down to the very self-deprecating Mr. Whedon, who is more exacting on himself than he could ever be on anyone else. But he’s specific and in charge and I found him enjoying himself a bit more this time while simultaneously holding himself to a higher standard. You can’t do the same thing, only smaller, not as cool. There’s that other trap – where it’s, “Everything is bigger! Better! Do you know how many gigabytes we used in the opening sequence? How many terabytes?” Ultimately it comes down to that.
Robert Downey Jr. interview
Downey appears on the The Tonight show to promote his movie The Avengers. He participates in a popular section of the show called the Emotional Interview.
I’d say I’m an emotional chameleon.
Downey walks out of an promotional interview about Avengers: Age of Ultron with Channel 4 News, when Guru-Murthy asks about his past problems with drugs and alcohol.
Are we promoting a movie?…I’m sorry, I really don’t … What are we doing?
People’s Choice Award
Downey wins the People’s Choice Award for favorite movie actor and favorite dramatic movie actor.
This is perfect for me because I love people, I’m crazy about movies, and I prefer people who love my movies
Avri Downey born
The Downeys welcome their first daughter, Avri Roel, in Los Angeles. Avri joins brothers, Exton Elias, 2-1/2, and Indio, 21, Downey’s son from a previous marriage.
After nine months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project. Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me… I’m 30, this has gotta stop. Yep… Avri Roel Downey joined the party @ 3:22 a.m. on November 4th… she’s 7lbs even, spans 20 inches, and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my ‘junk DNA.’
Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
Marvel releases the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the much anticipated sequel to The Avengers, early due to the influx of faux fan trailers. Although released a week early, Marvel took to twitter jokingly blaming the early release on a comic nemesis, Hydra.
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In this comedy drama directed by David Dobkin, Downey plays Palmer a lawyer hank who returns to his childhood home where his enstraged father is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family that he walked away from. Co-starring Robert Duvall, Vera Fermiga, Billy Bob Thornton.
This movie is entertaining and has great wit and great laughs from the beginning up until the end and in so much as that it’s a drama, I always say a drama has to be 30% comedy and a comedy has to be 30% drama — not to stick to those hard and soft rules
Robert Downey Jr. interview
Downey and Fallon discuss the movie The Judge on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Kids can sense the drama.
Robert Downey Jr. interview
Downey and Ellen discuss whether or not there will be an Iron Man 4 on The Ellen Show.
There will be more Marvel movies and while they are in discussion…
Vanity Fair cover
Downey Jr. appears on the cover of the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. He talks about his son’s drug problem and playing Iron Man.
I’ve gone from being convinced that I am the sole integer in the approbation of a phenomenon to realizing that I was the lead in the first of a series of movies that created a chain reaction that, if everything didn’t fire the way it was supposed to, there’s no operator, no anything. And you go, O.K., life is doing something here that included me but did not require me. But, yes, that role means a lot. Marvel is kind of like this sacred brotherhood.
Ice Bucket Challenge: Robert Downey Jr.
Downey accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominate Vincent D’Onofrio and his son and Thore.
Tops Forbes highest paid list again
Downey, Jr. returns from last year as the top earning actor on the Forbes list of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actors. The 49-year old actor amassed $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, which mostly came from his work in the Marvel film, Iron Man 3.
Earned $75 million over past year
Forbes estimates that between June 2013 and June 2014 Downey earned about $75 million, making him the highest paid actor in Hollywood for the second consecutive year. Downey stars in the Marvel movies Iron Man and Avengers, which have earned nearly $4 billion at the box office worldwide.
Others at the top of Forbes’ list of Top Earning Actors are Dwayne Johnson ($52 million), Bradley Cooper ($46 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 million) and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million).
Indio, son of Robert Downey Jr. was arrested on June 29, 2014 for cocaine possession. He was allegedly in a car with two other people when the vehicle was pulled over by police officers when they saw a pssenger smoking a pipe. Indio was found with cocaine in his possession. His is released after posting $10,000 bail. Court is scheduled for August 29.
There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being. We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.
Wins People’s Choice Award
Downey Jr. wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Star.
Iron Man 30 Comments
Downey returns as Tony stark in Iron Man 3. He creates several Iron Man suits as a result of his trauma from the alien invasion of New York. He goes head to head with a terrorist known as “Mandarin” after his friend and security chief Happy Hogan, played by Jon Favreau, is badly injured in one of Mandarin’s attacks. The original cast is joined by Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley.
When you have all this dough on the table, there’s a huge expectation that you have to tick all these boxes and perform at a certain level, but to me it always comes back to “Here we are, there’s the actors, there’s the camera, there’s all the props, now how can we get back to that sense of play?”
Wins People’s Choice Award
Downey, Jr. wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor.
Iron Man 2
Downey reprises his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. After going public about being Iron Man, the government pressures Stark to divulge the secrets of the superhero suit. Meanwhile, a Russian scientist Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke, plots his revenge on Stark because of a conflict their fathers had as former business partners of Stark Industries. Howard is replaced by Don Cheadle as Lt. Rhodes. Also starring Sam Rockwell, Scarlet Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson. On working with his new castmates:
There’s kind of a certain brother and sisterhood of talent in what’s otherwise kind of a small town. Everybody knows Don, everyone’s seen the incredible work he’s been doing over the years. We were thrilled to get Scarlett and we said you’re not going to be some kind of Marvel spin-off story thing because we want a hot chick kicking ass in this movie, and I think we managed that. And with Sam, he’s just such a gifted guy that to come in … obviously it’s no secret now that he’s essentially filling the space that Tony has evacuated when he says he’s not going to make weapons anymore.