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The Unexpected Movie Robert Downey Jr Calls His Best Film

Anish Vij

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The Unexpected Movie Robert Downey Jr Calls His Best Film

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Robert Downey Jr has picked a rather unexpected film as his best and believe it or not, it's not Iron Man related.

Despite becoming, arguably, the leading character that led The Avengers to becoming the biggest movie franchise in history, he has opted for a low-key release that wasn't best received at the time.

The 56-year-old starred in 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it was the film he picked when he was asked on the famous podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, what his best film was.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Credit: Alamy
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Credit: Alamy

"'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' which is, I think, in some ways the best film I've ever done," Downey Jr. told Rogan.

Downey Jr's well known drug issues earlier on his career made directors less reluctant to pick him for a big role, however, this role proved to the game changer, which changed everyone's mind.

He added: "It wound up being a calling card.

"It came out, and it bombed, but Jon Favreau saw it, and he said, 'This guy could do an action movie'.

"And so that wound up being my calling card into the Marvel Universe."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Jon Favreau directed Iron Man in 2008 and gave Downey Jr. his next big launch into stardom.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a black comedy crime film and starred Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, and Corbin Bernsen.

The synopsis reads: "Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from the cops.

"Winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he's flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer).

"This deadpan, affectionate parody of film noir tropes is named for film critic Pauline Kael's influential 1968 collection of film reviews and essays."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Although Downey Jr. said it 'bombed', the film was always a hit amongst critics and if IMDb ratings are anything to go by, a 7.5/10 is very solid.

One Rotten Tomato review read: "Funny, violent, smart and pitched perfectly to anyone who wants their own sun-blasted dirtbag Christmas mystery, this could be your It's A Wonderful Life."

Someone else wrote: "Despite all the blood and gore, Kiss/Bang ends up being a remarkably good-natured and surprisingly moralistic little film."

Topics: Movies, US News, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr

Anish Vij
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