Robert Downey, Jr. Taught His ‘Dolittle’ Costar Martial Arts On the Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dolittle: Robert Downey, Jr.

The Marvel films confirmed how nice Robert Downey, Jr. might be with a youthful era by way of Tony Stark’s mentorship of Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Dolittle offers him one other younger actor to mentor in Harry Collett. Collett performs Tommy Stubbins, who joins the physician and his animal buddies to discover a treatment to avoid wasting the Queen (Jessie Buckley). 

Dolittle: Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. | Universal Pictures

Dolittle can be accessible to look at on VOD Tuesday, March 24 and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD April 7. Showbiz Cheat Sheet acquired an early copy of the Blu-ray and watched the behind the scenes bonus options, the place Collett revealed Downey taught him a factor or two off display screen too.

Robert Downey, Jr. practices Muay Thai and Wing Chun

As early as 2003, Downey was training the Thai martial artwork Muay Thai. At the press junket for Gothika, Downey spoke about training Muay Thai on a wood dummy.

Robert Downey, Jr. in DolittleRobert Downey, Jr. in Dolittle
Robert Downey, Jr. | Jonathan Prime/Universal Pictures

In 2011, Downey began coaching in Wing Chun with Eric Oram. He instructed Oprah Winfrey that it helped him recuperate from dependancy. “[Wing Chun] gives you a sense of comfort and self-defense,” Downey instructed Winfrey. It improves your focus. It makes you are feeling you’re part of one thing you respect.”

Robert Downey, Jr. turned the grasp on the ‘Dolittle’ set

It’s no accident that Downey turned a mentor to Collett. That was his plan all alongside.

“I took the opportunity to impart a lesson or two on the young master,” Downey mentioned.

On the set, he inspired Collett to apply till he acquired issues proper.

“There’s nothing you can get better at until you’ve done it more often,” Downey mentioned to Collett. “It’s just like surfing, which I know nothing about.”

Collett revealed that Downey additionally imparted his martial arts coaching on the younger actor.

Dolittle: Robert Downey Jr. and Harry CollettDolittle: Robert Downey Jr. and Harry Collett
L-R: Harry Collett and Robert Downey, Jr. | Universal Pictures

“Throughout the shoot, Robert teaches me martial arts which I really, really enjoy,” Collett mentioned. “Touch wood it dosn’t happen, but if it ever happened in the real world, it could be really useful.”

There’s loads of footage of Downey displaying Collett punches and footwork.

“He’s getting quick now,” Downey mentioned. “He’s gonna break my nose before we’re done. You see the improvement already? No hesitation.” 

Not all the teachings had been productive

Downey used the down time between takes to show Collett, however not each lesson was productive. You don’t make a film with Downey and not using a little little bit of goofing off too. Collett realized that Downey turned impatient ready for a take and would usually say issues like, “Talent’s ready,” “Roll sound” or ‘Let’s shoot this turkey.”

Robert Downey, Jr. and Harry CollettRobert Downey, Jr. and Harry Collett
L-R: Robert Downey, Jr. and Harry Collett | Universal Pictures

Sometimes he even joked at Collett’s expense. The behind the scenes crew caught Downey saying, “I totally forgot about my costar.”

Downey additionally joked with Collett about stepping in entrance of his shut up.

“I give you food, I give you macaroons and then you block the lens?” Downey joked.

Seriously although, Downey sung Collett’s prasies. 

“I remember seeing a screen test and went, ‘Oh my God, I wonder if that’s what Tom Cruise was like when he was 11,’” Downey mentioned. “My mentorship program to the next generation of actors continues.”

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