Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t anticipate any pity from his alarmed followers about his unsettling new appearance.
In pictures taken last week on the set of his new HBO TV series “The Sympathizer,” the 57-year-old actor was hardly recognisable.
Marvel’s “Iron Man” wore a bald cap prosthesis and a red wig to film sequences for the top-secret project, including some Hollywood hair and makeup wizardry.
The two-time Oscar nominee wore vintage-inspired blue slacks, a pink button-down blouse, and a maroon jacket. She was nominated for the award twice, for “Chaplin” and “Tropic Thunder.”
Fans were astonished when Downey Jr. shaved his head in October of last year and cheekily displayed his new hairstyle on social media. Exton, 10, and Avri, 8, his two youngest children, shaved his head for the next limited series.
The father of three captioned his amusing video, “The things we do for our business… and our kids. #Sympathizer set ready.”
His kids were seen in the now-viral video, which has received close to 2 million likes, helping him get ready for the program by chopping off his hair.
Will you guys shave my head so I don’t have to wear a bald cap? Downey questioned his children.
Following that, Downey Jr. unveiled his new haircut during the “Sr.” screening in November.
In July 2021, it was revealed that he will appear in and executive produce the television series “The Sympathizer.”
The project is based on the same-titled 2015 Pulitzer Prize–winning book by author Viet Thanh Nguyen.
The Captain (Hoa Xuande), a French/Vietnamese spy who resides in Los Angeles, will be followed throughout the series, which takes place in 1975 during the last stages of the Vietnam War.
Along with Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve” fame, Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Vy Le, Alan Trong, and more are cast members.
According to Deadline, Downey Jr.’s character, the antagonist, “plays numerous supporting parts as the major villains, all of whom represent a different arm of the American establishment,” in the plot.
In a recent Variety feature, director Park Chan-wook raved over the “Iron Dude” alum: “Working with Robert — he’s such a fantastic performer and such an exuberant man and such a delight to be around. Working with him has been very wonderful.
At the 2023 Golden Globes on Tuesday, the South Korean director revealed further information on the future series and gave fans a preview of what to anticipate.
It’s a seven-episode series overall, and it takes place in 1975, just after the Vietnam War, according to Park, who spoke to IndieWire on the Globes red carpet. “The plot focuses on Vietnamese refugees who have immigrated to Los Angeles and the tales associated with that setting. Casting emphasizes on having a lot of diversity, notably a strong presence of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans because of the background.