Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lessons From Robert Downey Jr.

I recently read an article about Robert Downey, Jr. in Yahoo! that I would like to share with you. Today's generation might think of him as the Iron Man. But he started out as one of the characters of Ally McBeal.

During the latter part of the 1990s and early 2000s, Robert Downey, Jr. was in the path of self-destruction; being addicted with drugs and considered to be an alcoholic. He was in a downward spiral of self-destruction.

Yet, he bounced back. He was able to reinvent himself and change his fortunes. 

He is one of the more popular actors to date. The movies which he starred in were blockbusters.

Here is the preview of the article:

"The record-shattering opening success of The Avengers, which sold more than $200 million in theater tickets in the United States and did about $640 million in business worldwide during opening weekend, is further evidence of an amazing fact: Robert Downey, Jr. not only rules Hollywood, but he's staged an even more impressive turnaround than General Motors.

Consider this: Since 2008, nine movies featuring the 47-year-old actor have grossed more than $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone, and his name on the marquee is perhaps the surest guarantee of a box-office smash. That's an astonishing run, especially because it wasn't that long ago -- 2001, to be precise -- that Downey seemed destined to become fodder for those "Whatever Happened To...?" articles in the supermarket tabloids. His drug addiction and erratic behavior earned him a prison stay and led producer David E. Kelley to fire him from what seemed like his last chance for resurrecting his career, a supporting role in the hit TV series Ally McBeal. Downey sank so low that despite his enormous talent, he was virtually unemployable."
 You can read the rest of the article here.