Robert Downey Jr. jumps into 2021 by dancing with Van Halen
Robert Downey Jr. is just as happy as the rest of us to leave 2020 behind and literally jump into 2021 to the music of Van Halen. On Instagram, RDJ posted a video of himself in a golf hat and all-white outfit jumping and dancing in a small pool with very dirty water. Meanwhile, the Van Halen song "Jump" plays while RDJ moves to the beat of the song. No other context has been provided here, but the video result of everything that happens here is very entertaining.
"Who is still ready to continue until 2021? To the new year …" writes RDJ in the headline.
Downey's video also pays homage to Eddie Van Halen, one of the many beloved celebrities we lost in 2020. The legendary guitarist died in October of a stroke after battling throat and lung cancer. Several of his contemporaries honored him at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, including Jack White, G. E. Smith and Charlie Benante. The episode of Saturday Night Live that week was also celebrated by airing a clip of in 1987 Van Halen together with Smith for a show by then Mrs. Valerie Bertinelli.
All in all, 2020 was a terrible year, but Downey's fans who enjoyed him as Tony Stark on the MCU can now look forward to a lot. Over the past month, tons of new Marvel projects were officially announced, introducing several new superhero characters while bringing back a host of fan favorites. That includes Iron Man in Black Widow, which is slated for release this year. In addition, RDJ Tony Stark appears in the animated series What If …? on Disney +. After Avengers: Endgame, RDJ said he was "done" with Tony Stark, but you really never know what can happen with the expansion of the Multiverse in the MCU.
Whatever else RDJ expects, the actor will also appear in the sports comedy All-Star Weekend. Directed by Jamie Foxx, the film plays Foxx in several roles, including a "white racist cop". When Foxx talked about the film through The Joe Rogan Experience, he mentioned that Downey was cast in the film "to play a Mexican," but no further details about his character were revealed. It's an interesting role for RDJ after the controversy over his role in Tropic Thunder, but given the nature of the film and Foxx's diverse roles, it shouldn't seem out of place.
Also on his Instagram account, RDJ recently paid tribute to his late friend and Marvel colleague Stan Lee. On Lee's 98th birthday, RDJ posted a photo of himself with the legendary creator from the set of Captain America: Civil War. In just a few days, the post had over 3.5 million fan likes, showing how much Marvel fans around the world continue to miss Lee. The "Jump" video was posted on Instagram by Robert Downey Jr.