Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most acclaimed in Hollywood, and his success story makes it one of the best comeback stories of all time. He went from receiving an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Charlie to being a drug addict, and then onto portraying Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), one of the biggest franchises in the world.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. in and as Iron Man | Source: Paramount Pictures

Downey Jr. proved that it is never too late to fulfill one’s dreams and that no mistake is big enough for one to think that there is no coming back. Right after he parted with the MCU, he joined another potential franchise, Dolittle but the results did not meet his or his colleague’s expectations, the actor has learned not to give up the hard way so he started looking at the movie’s failure as a lesson.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Career Saw a Low After Huge MCU Success

Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer
Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer | Source: Universal Pictures

Robert Downey Jr. debuted in Hollywood as the talented son of one of the most influential filmmakers. There was nothing that could go wrong, but then life is unpredictable and the actor was no exception as he fell prey to drug addiction.

Once things went downhill, the industry thought it was over for him. Luckily, the Chances Are actor found the courage and the right people to help him. Fast forward to 2020, he left behind Iron Man and starred in Universal’s Dolittle.

In the movie, he played the role of a 19th-century Welsh veterinarian who can communicate with animals, and this was the second movie from his production company Team Downey. Unfortunately, the movie neither landed well with critics nor turned out to be the commercial hit it was expected to be.

Robert Downey Jr. Considers Dolittle‘s Failure a Life Lesson

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. in Dolittle | Source: Universal Pictures

The audience might have dismissed Dolittle from their memories as a bad movie, but the actor took it as a life lesson. Many would be surprised to know that he considers it the second-most important film of his career. He believes that the most important movie of his career is Shaggy Dog, which led Disney to believe in him.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:

Dolittle was a two-and-a-half-year wound of squandered opportunity.

He revealed that his wife and co-producer, Susan Downey Jr., had to go to great extremes just to bring the movie to the market.

After that point — what’s that phrase? Never let a good crisis go to waste. We had this reset of priorities and made some changes in who our closest business advisers were.

This altered his outlook on the projects he would do in the future. The alteration became very much visible when he starred in Christopher Nolan’s nuclear blockbuster Oppenheimer. Not only did this movie become one for cinematic history, but it also thrust the actor back into the spotlight.

Dolittle is available for rent and buying on Apple TV.

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