Robert Downey, Jr.
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There are some actors who never seem to give a bad performance. Robert Duvall, for example. Morgan Freeman. And I put Robert Downey, Jr. in that impressive category.
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Of late, Downey has chosen action/adventure hero roles in movies that I personally don’t care much about seeing. Even so, when he’s on screen, he has a presence that holds your attention like few others. Lately he’s made a living via the Iron Man/Avengers and Sherlock Holmes franchises. But his performances in roles that require more subtlety – like The Judge, a recent film – are when his true acting gifts are on display.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to watch more of Sherlock and Tony Stark if we want to see him in the next year or two. Still, he’s worth the price of a ticket, even to these cynical box office hogs.
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