To say that Robery Downey Jr. in currently one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood is a bit of an understatement – he’s set to return as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 on May 7, he has a new comedy titled Due Date that’ll hit theaters this November, and he has two other big-budget 3D projects (Gravity and Sherlock Holmes 2) that are set to begin production later this year.
First, Downey opened up about the comedy Due Date, his upcoming collaboration with The Hangover duo, director Todd Phillips and actor Zach Galifianakis, a film that he surprisingly refers to as “the second greatest movie I’ve ever done.” No word on what the greatest movie of his might be so feel free to speculate for now. ;)
Due Date revolves around R.D.J.’s character, a high-strung father-to-be who must travel with an aspiring actor (Galifianakis) across the country so as to arrive in time for the birth of his child. Needless to say, crudely humorous circumstances and wild antics ensue in what plot-wise should amount to your average road trip comedy (ie. an odd couple bonds/learns valuable lessons about life over the course of what in real life would be a nightmarish car trip).
That said, Downey had nothing but praise for the film:
“[Galifianakis] is crazy good in every scene [as is] Todd Phillips, who is just one of the great American directors. I guarantee you’re going to love it – I went to the last screening and people were literally saying ‘Oh my god, It’s gotta stop – my face hurts!’
Due Date will be out in theaters in the U.S. this year on November 5.
Gravity/Sherlock Holmes 2
Downey also talked briefly about his in-development 3D sci-fi action pic Gravity, a project that will be directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men).
For his part, Downey seemed quite enthusiastic about this film as well:
“I’m working with Alfonso Cuarón on this 3D space movie about people trying to fix the Hubble telescope. It’s been really inspiring talking to Cuarón–he lives in London, but he’s originally from Mexico City, and there’s a little bit of a language barrier but he’s a brilliant guy and a thoughtful guy”
According to the folks over at The Playlist, the plot of Gravity will involve a group of astronauts – the likes of which will include a female medical engineer (a role which Angelina Jolie was previously set to take on) and a fast-talking veteran spaceman (presumably Downey – it certainly sounds like a perfect fit).
However, the group of space travelers are forced to abandon their mission when an unexpected Russian attack – on the U.S. I presume – triggers an avalanche of falling satellites that our protagonists must hurry to avoid by rushing back home to Earth.
Based off this description, Gravity sounds like it’ll be even more of a non-stop roller coaster ride than Cuarón’s previous critical hit Children of Men – not to mention lighter on the social commentary and plot in general. Which is not per say a bad thing – rather, the project in general sounds like it’ll be the Mexican-born director’s most mainstream film since he took on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban back in 2004.
Although Gravity is set to begin filming this summer in London, Downey has to get to work on Sherlock Holmes 2 (which too will be in 3D) immediately afterward. Needless to say, the actor will be pressed for time -something that will leave little room for schedule delays or immediate re-shoots should any problems arise during production on Gravity.
On that note, Downey did have a few amusing comments to make about Sherlock Holmes 2 – a film which will also be shot in London during the fall of this year and will reunite Downey with his Sherlock Holmes co-stars Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, as well as director Guy Ritchie.
Downey mentioned that he would not only be “going back and reading all the Conan Doyle books” as a means of refreshing himself on the Holmes character but that Sherlock Holmes 2 would feature a “pantsless” nude scene between Holmes and his loyal companion Dr. Watson (Law).
Whether this is the case or not (and I’ll personally be amused if it is) it stands to mention that moviegoers should expect the “bromance” between Holmes/Watson in the first Sherlock Holmes to be just as present – if not more so – in the impending sequel.
We’ll keep you posted on any new developments concerning both Gravity and Sherlock Holmes 2 as we hear them.