Robert Downey Jr. Trolls Fans With Fake Biopic and People Just Can't Get Enough Of It
If you were a huge fan of Robert Downey Jr. and his role as Iron Man, then get ready to be completely blown over by him 'cause he is not only releasing his biopic but also writing, directing, producing, and starring in it with the help of 'Pops the Pig.' Just Kidding! There's nothing better than Iron Man successfully trolling everyone. Robert Downey Jr. recently shared a post on Instagram and it might have been the most hilarious one by a celebrity on April Fools' Day. Downey has been keeping busy since leaving Marvel, including appearing in a recently released ad starring himself and returning to the big screen alongside Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer. While the future of Iron Man is unknown, he certainly keeps himself busy by creating fake biopics.
On April 1, 2023, the star shared a photoshopped image of a delightfully wacky article from the fictitious website Breadline (a riff on Deadline) with a seriously tongue-twisting headline, "Robert Downey Jr. to star alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Robert Downey Jr. in Robert Downey Jr.: The Robert Downey Jr. Story." He captioned the post, "Catch me at the local bakery…" (He surely seems to be baking some good r̶o̶l̶l̶s̶ roles in this film). Pops the Pig's article is formatted as a thinly veiled nod to the celebrity-casting pieces that are frequently written and circulated on social media by stars to confirm their involvement in a project. By having Downey star alongside himself in the fictional film, the headline also makes fun of the recent wave of films set in the multiverse (which perhaps includes the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
It also appears to be a dig at all of the entertainment creatives who are writing and frequently starring in projects based on their own lives. Given that he produced and starred in Sr., a documentary about his late father last year, even Downey Jr. can't avoid the mockery. It's more likely a reference to Downey Jr.'s upcoming spy television series, The Sympathizer, in which he plays a variety of supporting characters, including "an up-and-coming Orange County congressman, a CIA agent, and a Hollywood film director, among others," as per Entertainment.
His attempt at humor was much appreciated by his fans. "But the question is...will Robert Downey Jr. be in it?" joked @shelleyfrissmortgages. "I wonder if Robert Downey Jr will make an appearance," teased @excitedcornjuice. "Wait cause you're perfect for this role you look exactly like him!" praised @chen_lrc. "Casting director had a hard time on this one," joked @filmthusiast. "This is the real multiverse of madness," added @akshat_2951. "He doesn't read the script. The script reads him," mocked @parzivalreviews. "Just a man playing a man, disguised as the same man," commented @itsjustwags referencing Downey Jr.'s controversial 2008 film Tropic Thunder.