The highlight of my night at work.

At some point at 3am today:

[finishing up with a 79-year-old patient, family in the room]
WIFE:  Have a wonderful Easter Sunday, doctor!
ME:  I’m Buddhist, but thank you.
WIFE:[brief awkward silence]
WIFE: Oh! Um, I—
ME: Just kidding, I’m Catholic.
ME: Happy Easter to you, too.

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I’ve had a really long night.

The last two times I received this many "congratulations!" messages were:

  1. when I graduated from high school, and
  2. when I graduated from medical school.

No, wait.

This is actually more.

Can I put this on my resume?

Kinda like:  Grade school spelling bee winner. High school salutatorian. Summa cum laude.  Plays the piano.  Medical intern.  Mentioned in Robert Downey Jr.’s Facebook.

Yes?

When I first started as an intern

which was nine months ago, there would’ve been a time when, if I get paged about someone desaturating or whatever, I immediately freak out in my head without even thinking about the situation and just call my senior resident right away.

(God, my first few nights on call were horrible.)

Now, nine months later, I feel confident enough that I can handle it myself.

It’s kind of a nice feeling.

Yay, progress.

adoredcastiel replied to your post: For the record—

Tho they are actually in the Tony Stark/Iron Man fandom if they only like him as Tony. I don’t think they should call themselves RDJ fans if they don’t care for him more than in one particular role…idk.

That’s the thing, though— it’s a little tricky.  One cannot go about this by going "You haven’t seen so-and-so-obscure-film so you can’t be a true fan".  There isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a barometer of how much of a fan one is. That’s kinda shitty, you know?

(Admittedly, I don’t always think like that.)

At the same time it’s like, he’s really a far more capable actor than what these comic book films have shown (and therein lay some critics’ complaints— that RDJ hasn’t shown what they know he can truly do in these films).  And you’re doing yourself a disservice by not seeing his work beyond Stark.

But then— RDJ and the Tony Stark persona are both so intertwined nowadays, far beyond the association between Hems/Thor or Evans/Cap, that it all becomes very muddled.  That to many folks, he is Tony Stark, beyond the films and his Marvel obligations.  That when he’s doing press for something else, when he speaks, tweets, etc., it’s Tony. So much of the MCU Tony is Robert, infusing his own personality and quirks in the character.

Eh, to me, it ultimately boils down to if you like RDJ, you’re cool with me.

For the record—

regarding this pseudoanon message that I got earlier today

I didn’t want to edit my response to that any more but I do agree with her that right now, a good chunk of the “RDJ fans (lol)” (direct quote from anon) are in it mostly/only for Tony Stark.

Especially on Tumblr.

And that when he’s not Tony Stark, a lot of these fans will be gone.

Which is something I’ve always somewhat grappled with in that—

  • Ultimately, if you love Robert Downey Jr., I don’t fucking care — you’re automatically good in my book.  You like him for whatever reason, you’re ok to me.  You’re awesome.
  • On the other hand—
  • I’m also (very) irritated, majorly side-eye, and don’t usually associate with those folks (hence me not following fandom/Marvel/shipping blogs).

So yeah.  I have a sort of “Jekyll and Hyde” reaction to that.

RDJ fangirl food for thought or whatever.

Johnny Depp is now where RDj will be in 6-7 years. I can't believe how similar their career paths are. Both did small independent movies before. Johnny struck luck with Pirates, RDj with Iron Man. They both became hugely successful and popular. Then everything changed. For now Johnny can't open a movie unless he's channelling Jack Sparrow. And RDj is about to experience the same thing. He's delusional if he thinks most of his fans (lol) care about his acting career. It's all about Tony Stark. bilbaat

Yes and no.

The thing with Johnny Depp is— since the 1980s, he has excelled in the very offbeat lead roles in great films.  Prior to Pirates, he developed this reputation as an iconoclastic actor, shunning the mainstream for smaller film gems.

Robert, on the other hand, was the eccentric scene-stealer with the occasional lead role, and more known for his drug habits. I’d honestly be hard-pressed to consider they were in the same league back then.

Unlike Depp, he was never really in the position to go "Ok, I just want to do small films to further my craft as a serious actor".  Even in his older interviews in the 80s and early 90s, what he wanted was his name above the marquee.  He didn’t have the pretense to consciously choose indie roles; it just happened to work out that way for him.  His early roles are littered with attempts to break through the mainstream as a leading man — Chances Are, Air America (which was the film that he really thought was going to do it), Heart and Souls, Only You.  And when those didn’t work out, he fell back to the indie supporting roles. He always did.

Robert’s well-aware that a good chunk of his fandom right now are all about Tony Stark; he’s alluded to as much in recent interviews.  I would even say that it’s mostly Sherlock Holmes that’s responsible for his fandom, particularly with young women (hell, that’s how I came on board).  And it’s inevitable that a lot of the folks who are going nuts for him right now will leave once he’s not Stark anymore.  That’s gonna happen.  But— you also have to consider that the MCU fandom is quite a bit different from the Pirates one.  Robert is associated (and in most cases, the cornerstone) of this unprecedented, ever-expanding cinematic universe, the majority of which is well-received (whereas in Pirates, it stopped being “cool” after the first film).  So it’s the same, and yet different. Very different.

Plus, for better or worse, it has pretty much come to a point where the Tony Stark character is inextricably intertwined with the public’s perception of Robert — when he shows up in a premiere, in interviews, his interactions, even his Twitter, etc., people think he’s Tony Stark. Which is a little bit different with the way the public views Jack Sparrow and Johnny.

Oh, lest we forget, Robert struck it gold twice, the other being Sherlock Holmes (which is generally well-received by the public).

So yeah, there are definitely similarities between Johnny and Robert’s trajectories.  And given how Johnny’s path has been in the last couple of years (which I never would’ve imagined back in 2008), I am (very) concerned as to how Robert’s path will be.  

He’s aware, and I’m almost certain he’s watching Johnny’s track very closely.  The idea has always been Robert needs to do smaller films in between the Marvel ones, which he’s beginning to do now.  He knows The Judge won’t make bank, they’re not marketing it to make bank at all.  Chef is largely a cameo.  He’s cooling off a little bit with the franchises — ex. no concrete Sherlock Holmes development, his other potential franchises (Pinocchio, Perry Mason) are on ice, etc.  

Also of note, Team Downey’s goal is to make good, small films but that’ll appeal to the general public, so the days of Robert suddenly appearing in a $50K-budgeted film are long gone.  Take that as you will.  Do I wish he’s making better film selections? Oh yes.  But I’m anything if not patient, so I’m thinking that’ll happen. Hopefully.

So again, yes and no.

(P.S. — please message me using your actual account and not this bogey “bilbaat” one. I’d like to at least get an idea of who I’m responding to.  Plus, it’s kind of chicken-y. This is a good discussion; follow up with it.)

(P.P.S. — I guess the difference is Johnny’s last four films are big-budgeted misfires, both critically and financially.  With Robert, the issue with him is he hasn’t made anything but blockbusters.)

(P.P.P.S — It’s Sherlock Holmes that truly did it for Robert, not Iron Man. If it weren’t for that second franchise, he’d only be a smidge above the likes Evans, Hemsworth, or the other superhero franchise guys.)

(P.P.P.P.S— Robert is also more meme-friendly (for lack of a better word) than Johnny with the way he carries himself and his personality. Not that that necessarily has weight but fandom nowadays is a different entity than it had been back as recently as mid 2000s. You can sustain a very loyal fanbase just by being that.)