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A Good Year for Robert Downey Jr

Why was 2008 so good for Robert Downey Jr.? Because we just couldn't get enough of him. The man's had a lot of career ups and downs, but this just might have been his biggest year ever.

How so? Well, let's see. There was a little thing called Iron Man, which shot to the top of the box office as the Summer's first true blockbuster and was basically just the most fun ever. It didn't take long for Marvel to decide that Downey's man-robot deserved another go-round, with Iron Man 2 already scheduled to open in May 2010 and Iron Man 3 in development, too. Oh, and Tony Stark's also going to be showing up in The Avengers, making RDJ one of the busiest superheroes on the block.

But that's not all. He also took on a role that could have been incredibly controversial or just bad, an awards-obsessed actor who physically changed his skin to play a back man — and pulled it off perfectly. Tropic Thunder became Downey's second box office winner of the Summer — and this time, the role nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination and your votes as the best comedic male actor of the year.

And Downey shouldn't be falling off the radar anytime soon. Besides the Iron Man and Avengers films, he's also signed on to play Sherlock Holmes, will be a cowboy who battles aliens, and will be back in theaters this Spring in The Soloist. It's so good to see him back at the top of his game; here's hoping that 2008 is just the start.

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm so happy for RDJ - he truly deserves his success this year. pumachik - Robert Downey Jr. is not in Watchmen, I think you're confusing him with Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm so happy for RDJ - he truly deserves his success this year.pumachik - Robert Downey Jr. is not in Watchmen, I think you're confusing him with Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
oh hai, he'll be in watchmen as well. i'm glad he's back on top - i think he deserves it.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
oh hai, he'll be in watchmen as well. i'm glad he's back on top - i think he deserves it.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
Robert Downey Jr. deserved every inch of success he got in 2008! He's so talented, charming, funny and hot! I just love him! :faint: I hope to see more of him in the coming years.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
Robert Downey Jr. deserved every inch of success he got in 2008!He's so talented, charming, funny and hot! I just love him! :faint:I hope to see more of him in the coming years.
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 7 years
I love RDJ he deserves all of his success, but in my eyes he is simply amazing. I love him!!!!!
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 7 years
Robert is doing great at coming back onto the movie scene.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
I love him!!I am so glad he made it through the storm and is doing what he does best!!!
lstench lstench 7 years
Love that man!
lstench lstench 7 years
Love that man!
figurine figurine 7 years
He is superb, one of those actors who makes any movie watchable.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
see you just have to LOVE this guy. he had a rough patch with his reputation for a while but it seems like we've all happily put that to the wayside and now we're seeing the RDJ that really deserves to shine . i can't wait to see what comes of his career in the next couple years.
Lukin Lukin 7 years
I love love love him, and I'm glad he had such a successful year -- I hope 2009 is even better for him. He has so much talent and charisma; it's nice to see him use it and get recognition and admiration for it. He deserves it! And he's hot.
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