A collation of premiere yesterday of Zodiac, one of its protagonists, Jake Gyllenhaal, spoke at length about Robert Downey Jr, who acts as Paul Avery, a police news writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and therefore a partner of Robert Graysmith, the character played by Gyllenhaal.
«A very good and typical actor you have about 25 really cool choices and ideas in one minute. And then there is Robert Downey Jr. who has, I would say, between 500 and 750 ideas, "said Gyllenhaal after the film's presentation to the press at Cannes.
Some people would describe that as insanity. I call it a genius (…) You are running around an actor, and then they are chasing you, all of a sudden. It's something wonderful, where the rhythms are everywhere, it's like playing jazz with someone, "he added.
If you analyze Downey's career, it is full of roles that only a peculiar personality like his could make credible. Without going any further, the last film of his that I have been able to watch has been Portrait of an obsession with Kidman. There he plays the neighbor of Diane Arbus, a man affected by a strange disease that causes him to have hair all over his body, and because of this, he has had to endure being treated like an animal but nevertheless has an exquisite behavior.