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1973 Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) with young Beast (Nicholas Hoult). Pic by X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer.
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The studios didn’t want Robert Downey Jr. to play Tony Stark. Before the first film was made, even after Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, passed on the word from Marvel that it wasn’t going to happen, Robert Downey Jr. refused to listen. Favreau later explained that Marvel had actually been even more definite: “Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.”
His resurrection has all the characteristics of an origin story for a Hollywood superhero: A gifted young actor loses his way, cheats death again and again, then straightens himself out just in time to conquer the world.
GQ: But I still believe that you think you’re almost always the most talented person there.
RDJ: “Yeah, but you know what? I’m afraid that’s just a tape that’s running in my head, and I’m really happy that it’s there, but it doesn’t make it real.”
GQ: And so if you stop that tape running for a second, how talented are you?
RDJ: He smiles. “I’m probably one of the best.”
Read More: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201305/robert-downey-jr-profile-may-2013#ixzz2RPHdiBz2
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Actor’s Studio Host James Lipton: What is your favorite curse word?
Robert Downey Jr.: Seven syllables: son of a cock-loving whore!
Watch: Robert Downey Jr. Inside the Actor’s Studio. 9 July 2006. (38 mins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLMxyc0ANXs
“Hang on little clowns, you might just turn the world around.”—Robert Downey Jr. “Little Clowns”, from his album “The Futurist”.
Christopher Hitchens with Kurdish fighters in Iraq, 1991.
“He was beyond my sort of comprehension.” —Werner Herzog on Les Blank, director of ‘Burden of Dreams’ (1982) the best documentary about the making of a film, Herzog’s insurmountable ‘Fitzcaraldo’ (1982).
“Herzog is stranded in the jungle with a 300 tonne steam ship that won’t move and time is running out. He needs money to move the ship but no one would invest unless the ship moves first.”—Burden of Dreams narrator.
Les Blank captures Herzog and a Native Indian tribe pulling an actual steamboat over a mountain in the Amazon to make Fitzcaraldo (1985). Such is the burden of dreams. It is obsession and madness. It is impossible. But it was done.
Watch Herzog remember Blank who passed away yesterday at 77: http://youtu.be/kfy7JHdxsc0
In “Burden of Dreams”, when speaking about the nature of the Amazon jungle, Herzog says actor “Kinski always says it’s full of erotic elements. I don’t see it so much erotic. I see it more full of obscenity. It’s just, nature here is vile and base.
I wouldn’t see anything erotical here. I would see fornication and asphyxiation and choking and fighting for survival and growing and just rotting away. Of course, there’s a lot of misery. But it is the same misery that is all around us.
The trees here are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don’t think they sing. They just screech in pain.
It’s an unfinished country. It’s still prehistorical. The only thing that is lacking is the dinosaurs here.
It’s like a curse weighing on an entire landscape. And whoever goes too deep into this has his share of this curse.
So we are cursed with what we are doing here. It’s a land that God, if He exists has created in anger.
It’s the only land where creation is unfinished yet. Taking a close look at what’s around us there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder.
And we in comparison to the articulate vileness and baseness and obscenity of all this jungle. We, in comparison to that enormous articulation, we only sound and look like badly pronounced and half-finished sentences out of a stupid suburban novel.
A cheap novel. We have to become humble in front of this overwhelming misery and overwhelming fornication. Overwhelming growth and overwhelming lack of order.
Even the stars up here in the sky look like a mess. There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it.
But when I say this, I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it, I love it. I love it very much. But I love it against my better judgment.”
Watch a Burden of Dreams clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTVlifTAdlM
“Of course, we are challenging nature itself and it hits back. That’s what grandiose about it and we have to accept that it is much stronger than we are.”—- Werner Herzog.
‘As a rule I don’t like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely.’—-Chinua Achebe, 1967.
John Lennon making a cup of tea, 1963.