Originally Posted by R_Hythlodeus
sorry but I have to call BS here.
RDJ for a certain generation of movie goers was always an attraction. He had a very strong fanbase even before IM and there were a lot of people that watched movies like Good Night and Good Luck or Zodiac just because he was in it. I even knew people that watched Ally McBeal religously just because RDJ had a role for a season or two. In fact I remember back in 2008 a lot of my friends had zero interest in IM but watched the movie nevertheless just because of Downey
well then your friends must have been huge Chaplin fans or something, you know strange people.
The only thing I ever heard about Downey from about 1994-2007 was "[celebrity with a drug problem]'s heading down the Robert Downey Junior path". He was a running joke about drug abuse and alcoholism for years. He didn't become a draw again until IM.