Downey stars in crime comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang directed by Shane Black. He plays Harry Lockhart, a thief from New York who accidentally pretends to be an actor. When he gets a film role, he moves to Los Angeles and trains as a private investigator under a real cop, played by Val Kilmer. The film also features Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen.
The script is great. Everyone who sees it goes, ‘God, that’s the kind of movie we want to see, where they don’t treat us like we’re stupid and we’ve kind of got to catch up but you don’t have to be an MIT graduate to get the jokes.’ The kind of movie I like to see.