When Robert Downey Jr begged Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson people were torn. Gibson represented a bigoted overlord oppressor type while anyone in the LA area would let Robert Downey cum in their hair just so they could tell their friends they are cool with him. Downey’s plea helped as Gibson’s pariah status has lessened to the point that most people in the biz will invite him to their Seder should he get a new blockbuster financed. Downey is now saying he will only make another Iron Man movie if Gibson is the director, making Robert Downey the most loyal and charitable friend on earth who shits Skittles and has a cute Jr after his name. Gibson is a devout Christian so this concept should be familiar. Downey is Jesus and Gibson is the hideously deformed anti-Semitic leper. I fell asleep in bible study before I found out what happened next, but I think it was Iron Man IV grossing one billion worldwide despite being mediocre at best.
Robert Jr. got his drug addiction hand me downs from Robert Sr. who was a noteworthy sharer of recreational narcotics when Junior was just out of diapers. In due turn, Robert Jr.’s passed along the family proclivities to his son Indio, who got fucked with the addict gene as well as the name of a city in the desert where everybody goes to try peyote for the first time. Indio got popped with cocaine and a pipe in his car in the middle of the day in Hollywood. There are different levels of drug abuse. Smoking coke in your car on Santa Monica Boulevard in the middle of the afternoon is a level nine. You don’t need a scale for that, level nine is always shitty. Robert thanked the cops for picking up his son:
There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being. We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.
Wow, that’s a dark fucking cloud hovering over the rest of your life. Robert Jr. did overcome his own drug addiction after a quarter century of of arrests, prison, rehabs, and broken marriages. He finally kicked the habits with a hardcore daily regimen of Eastern martial arts and three gallons of fat free fro-yo. Now he’s making $25 million per Avengers flick. Without hope, we have nothing, save for the stash we hid in our trunk because we’re naturally skilled at this addict business.
The first trailer for ‘Iron Man 3’ was released this morning, but there’s no AC/DC or Black Sabbath to party too this time, because things are now looking bleak for Tony Stark for some reason. I however am thrilled, because this is written and directed by the amazingly great Shane Black, who replaces the sort of ok Jon Favreau and the absolutely awful Jennifer Anistons boyfriend.
But Stark is very grumpy, and not even a trip to the bedroom with Gwyneth Paltrow can take his mind off things because a robot attack. I don’t even know why the scientists make them. They’re everywhere, and when they grab you with those metal claws, you can’t break free, because they’re made of metal, and robots are strong. Sam Waterston tried to warn us but we didn’t listen!
Despite their best efforts, Disney can’t keep the villains for ‘Iron Man 3’ under wraps forever, and I mean that in the literal sense, because here we see James Badge Dale on set as Eric Savin, who for the most part just stood around under a blanket.
In the comics, Savin is a soldier who loses both legs to a land mine. Those are replaced with fancy robot legs and he eventually becomes a cyborg mercenary called Coldblood.
Yet these pictures show Savin in what looks to be the Iron Patriot armor, and my sources (wikipedia) tell me this is totally different from the comic. Perhaps because Iron Patriot was actually Norman Osborn, the nemesis of Spider-Man, who belongs to Sony, meaning Disney can’t use him in an Iron Man movie. So it would seem Savin will start out good (Iron Patriot) and then turn bad (Coldblood).
He’s expected to team up with a second cyborg named Firepower, both of whom are under the orders of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). If all that is true, then Robert Downey is gonna need Scarlett Johansson more than ever. Make sure you bring your gun and karate, Scarlett Johansson!
When all is said and done, ‘The Avengers’ will probably settle in as the third highest grossing movie of all time (after just 19 days it’s already number 11 with almost $1.1 billion), above the $1.32 billion the final ‘Harry Potter’ made, but well below the $2.78 billion for ‘Avatar’ and the $2.18 billion for ‘Titanic’. So it would seem the deal made for Robert Downey Jr. that pays him box-office bonuses and a percentage of the gross will work out nicely. Hooray for foresight!
When Iron Man grossed a surprising $585 million worldwide in 2008, Downey’s reps at CAA and the Hansen Jacobson law firm renegotiated a deal to include what multiple sources say is a slice of Marvel’s revenue from future movies in which he plays Iron Man (one source puts it in the 5 percent to 7 percent range; another source disputes the percentage.).
Which means Downey will make more than every other Avenger, even if you combined all their pay and then doubled it.
As Marvel launched other hero pics that would lead up to Avengers, the studio struck hard bargains. Two sources say Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo all signed on for small upfront fees and ultimately will make about $2 million to $3 million on Avengers with bonuses. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, who signed deals to pop up in several Marvel movies, are said to be making about twice that for Avengers with bonuses.
His agents should really be commended for such a shrewd move. And here I was thinking I was clever for selling drugs outside a methadone clinic.