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Courtesy of misreall , this from Salon. 

The Sexiest Man Living 2008

He is a rogue, a gentleman and a brilliant actor. We loved him through good times and (very) bad, and we're so glad he's back.


 
Robert Downey Jr. 

 

Robert Downey Jr.

He was once arrested while driving naked in a Porsche, he's done jail time for drugs and has cycled in and out of rehab -- and yet still we love Robert Downey Jr. We find him wildly sexy not just because he is a rogue, but also because he is a romantic hero in the flesh, a bad boy brimming with goodness. Even in his darkest days (remember the time he wandered into a stranger's house and fell asleep on the bed?) we wanted to see him make it back to us with all of his intelligence and wit and charisma intact.

And so he did: 2008 thoroughly redeemed Downey, a man who commits to his roles the way he commits to everything, whether it's drugs, crazy behavior or comebacks. He starred in two of the biggest movies of this year, "Iron Man" and "Tropic Thunder," with performances so resounding that it's hard to imagine that he was ever anything less than a superstar.

No one has ever doubted that Downey, 43, is immensely talented. He was nominated for an Oscar 15 years ago for "Chaplin," in which he proved himself simultaneously adept at physical comedy and poetic drama. He has always radiated sensitivity and devilish charm, even in early movies like "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Less Than Zero," before it was clear the devils he portrayed so accurately might have been his own.

Both "Iron Man" and "Tropic Thunder" could have been awful, and with a less brilliant actor, both of Downey's characters could have come off as thoroughly creepy and unlikable. In "Iron Man" he plays a reclusive genius/arms dealer who transforms himself into a flawed superhero, and in "Tropic Thunder" he burrows under the skin of an absurdly intense method actor named Kirk Lazarus who loses himself so deeply in his role as a black soldier that he forgets he's white. But in each movie, you can practically hear Downey's complicated, quicksilver brain whirring, and you can sense his vulnerability from the last row. While controversy engulfed "Tropic Thunder's" mentally disabled characters, nobody protested Downey's blackface, because it was so perfectly calibrated and perfectly hilarious: As Lazarus explains sweetly, "I'm just a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!"

But Downey himself is never "just a dude playing another dude." He is an actor "forged in a cauldron of his own genius," as Jack Black teased at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this year. He's been dancing around the void for a long time now, pouring his self-destructive intensity onto the screen, his beautifully chiseled features now weathered just the right amount by the passing of hard time. Even Oprah looked like she might melt when she interviewed Downey and his then-fiancée (now wife), producer Susan Levin, a few years back.

This year's Sexiest Man Living goes to Downey because he breaks our heart, onscreen and off. He wears his age and experience like a badge of honor and looks comfortable in his own gorgeous skin. The buzz is that Hollywood is looking for an excuse to give him an Oscar this year or next. To give him Salon's highest accolade, we don't need any excuse.

From here: http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/sexiest_man_living/2008/11/20/downey/index.html. 

 

Comments

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flippet
Nov. 20th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
The buzz is that Hollywood is looking for an excuse to give him an Oscar this year or next.

Yes, please. :-)

marymary
Nov. 20th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
No kidding, flip.

And if you have 10 minutes, follow the "Oprah looked" link to youtube. So very cute.

But in each movie, you can practically hear Downey's complicated, quicksilver brain whirring, and you can sense his vulnerability from the last row.

That's exactly it.

Not unlike Josh Lyman (if not Brad Whitford, but I think Josh moreso) in that sense. The smart/glib/funny over the sweetness.
flippet
Nov. 20th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Wow. They're cute, but, liek whoa. That's like, stupid in love. :-D Adorable.

Yeah, I can see a bit of the Josh in him.
marymary
Nov. 20th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
mary_the_fan
Nov. 20th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Of course you understand that this *points* is still my (and marymary's) sexiest man living. Not that I actually think you were thrown off by Salon's title in my post... I do love me some RDJ, but I wouldn't want there to be any confusion.

You know, in case the gods decide to grant my one wish...I want them to be clear on who it is.
ok_with_that
Nov. 20th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Gah.

Just....very happily... gah.


But in each movie, you can practically hear Downey's complicated, quicksilver brain whirring, and you can sense his vulnerability from the last row.

That's exactly it.

Not unlike Josh Lyman (if not Brad Whitford, but I think Josh moreso) in that sense. The smart/glib/funny over the sweetness.



Yes, yes, yes, on all counts. "The gestalt of sexy" defined: BW/JL, RDJ, CKR....

Can they... I don't know...start a school, a training center or something? I want one. ;D
caz963
Nov. 20th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
*drools*

I think I might need a lie down have to wait a while before I read the article...
marymary
Nov. 20th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Did you see the pics from the latest Entertainment Weekly, posted in Keytus? Nice. :-)

Here, I'll jump you:

http://community.livejournal.com/keytuskids/408930.html
aunt_deen
Nov. 21st, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
You know what I love about him? He knows the value of throwing a line away. He'll say something incredibly witty and then he'll just move right on, not waitng for a reaction.

Love it.

Plus he was in Iron Man and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, two of my very favorite movies in recent years.
marymary
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
You are correct. And throwing a line away is one of my favorite things in the whole world.
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