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Robert Downey Jr., Defying "Gravity," Will Instead Learn "How to Talk to Girls"

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    While now at the top of his game, Robert Downey Jr. has had many highs and lows. In a candid November Playboy interview, Downey said staying off drugs “for literally five or six years is a lifetime.”

    Sadly, news that Robert Downey Jr. has left Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller "Gravity" has a certain whiff of inevitability about. 

    RDJ's departure from "Gravity" is just the latest setback for the production but shouldn't be a fatal one since his role was fairly minor. "Gravity" has cycled through more prospective female leads than any film in recent memory, though Sandra Bullock may yet sign on.

    "Iron Man 2" Trailer Drops Just Minutes After Oscars

    [NATL] "Iron Man 2" Trailer Drops Just Minutes After Oscars
    Robert Downey Jr. stopped by "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" to unveil the trailer to his upcoming blockbuster. Check it out. (Published Monday, May 10, 2010)

    What's got us sad is Downey instead will probably star in "How to Talk to Girls," based on the self-help book by the 9-year-old Alec Greven, according to Heat Vision.

    Robert Downey Jr.: "Due Date " Best Work Experience Ever

    Robert Downey Jr.: "Due Date " Best Work Experience Ever
    Stars of the new comedy "Due Date" describe working with lead actor Robert Downey Jr. Plus why Robert thinks making this movie was one of the easiest experiences of his career. (Published Friday, Oct 29, 2010)

    It seems doubtful that Downey will play a character based on Greven, but The Playlist has a funny-cuz-it's-probably-true guess as to the plot:

    "Due Date"

    [NATL] "Due Date"
    Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis race across the country in the hopes of getting RDJ home in time for the birth of his first child. (Published Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010)

    Robert Downey Jr. will play a man looking for love who finds all the answers in a little advice book he finds at his nephew/niece’s house. Soon he finds women are giving him another look, but more importantly, he learns that true love is out there for everyone. So there you go Hollywood, we just gave you the logline for a $100 million romcom right there. Please feel free to send us a check.

    What's got us truly nervous about this project is that Downey's wife Susan, who's done a miraculous job reviving her husband's career, will be co-producing with Shawn Levy, a man who thinks schmaltz and pratfalls are essential nutrients.