At the behest of our readers, I once again turn to the world of popular culture. I must have gotten 1000+ emails yesterday after my latest post complaining that things had gotten too “serious” at Lifting Fog, and that I had “strayed from the path of righteousness.” One reader even went as far to scold me, shouting horribly demeaning things at me via Skype for failing to make only 3 pop culture references (read as: Henning threatened to remove my semi-autonomous publishing status and/or kill me). So let’s get straight to it.
I read today that Robert Downey Jr. has agreed to be paid a shit-ton of money for playing Tony Stark in at least three more movies involving Iron Man (Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, and The Avengers). Only in Hollywood do people agree to something like that. In the words of Joe Biden, “where I grew up” (I always picture a suburb with white picket fences for some reason), you say thank you for getting something like that as opposed to “agreeing” to it. But this is less an attack on RDJ and more a question of why entertainment news reporters strive to maintain some semblance of sincerity in their linguistical jibbajabba. Here’s a headline from Variety.com when I’m running it:
Robert Downey Jr. (formerly arrested multiple times for possession of heroin and cocaine, and firing a gun driving down Sunset Blvd.) to be paid millions and millions of dollars to be a movie star; ‘Thank you’ says Downey Jr.
Likewise today, I found out that Terrence Howard will NOT be reprising his role of Jim Rhodes, Stark’s best friend and future War Machine, in the next Iron Man movies. He will be replaced by everyone’s favorite sometimes-British actor Don Cheadle, in a move that sources have claimed was monetary. Personally, I can’t see it. I agree with /film in that there was a chemistry between Howard and Downey Jr. that may be difficult to match. This is a part of the biz that always makes me sad; like when Hogwarts changed leaders mid-stream or when the Fresh Prince suddenly got a sassy new aunt. Call me a purist, but I hope Cheadle can find some way to bond with Iron Man when the cameras start rolling. Otherwise I’ll be forced to pay to see the movie anyway because its gonna be SICKKKKKKK.