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02 May 2015 @ 12:21 pm
RDJ Rings in Half a Century  


To further support the idea that Robert Downey Jr. actually is Tony Stark, I can 100% believe this is how Stark would celebrate his 50th birthday. Because for him, turning 50 might mean being more responsible so he's asked people to leave their cell phones at home.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 2nd, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
I can totally see Tony having a ball pit at his party. Like, I'm fairly sure when Tony hits 50, there will be a ball pit.

Tony: Can I have a ball pit?
Party Planner: Yes.
Pepper: No. No, you cannot.
Tony: She just said I could, did you not hear--
Pepper: You are not having a ball pit at your party, you are a grown man.
Tony: Okay, ouch, I'm already old you don't have to rub it in with the 'grown man' part. I want a ball pit.
Pepper: No.
Tony: With a slide.
Pepper: No.
Tony: And fire.
Pepper: NO!
Tony: What if I don't have the fire, and I keep the slide and the ball pit?
Pepper: NO.
Tony: Okay, then I want a tiger. Can I have a tiger?
Party planner: Yes, we can get you a tiger.
Pepper: Oh my God, fine. Get him the ball pit, no tigers.
Tony: I love you.

This kind of reminds of a line in one of my Tony and Pepper Have Kids thing where Tony starts talking about raising his kids to understand responsibility and how to be good citizens and appreciate what they have, but also, occasionally saying 'fuck it, we're rich, we're having a room full of pillows and movie screen in it'.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 2nd, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Have you seen RDJ being interviewed by mini Thor? That is 100% the way Tony would talk to kids: never dumbing down the technobabble and always willing to do silly poses enthusiastically.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
I have not seen it! But I just did, and yes, that is 100% how Tony talks to kids. I actually really loved the scene in Iron Man 3, just before he has his first panic attack, when he's talking to the kids at the dinner, and starts writing "____, help me!" in a speech bubble on the girl's drawing of her and Iron Man together.

I have a scene where one of his sons is trying to help him repair Rhodey's Iron Patriot suit, and is coming up with suggestions that are not quite right and Tony is gently trying to nudge him without actually saying he's wrong, and it basically amounts to exactly that interview.

Have you seen the little video of the photoshoot RDJ did with his son for Vanity Fair? It's super cute.

Is that Mini Thor the one that asked Chris H and Tom if they were really brothers during a Thor 2 press conference?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
I like the idea of Tony trying to be a more encouraging dad than Howard by trying to nudge his kid to the right answer.

Aw, that photoshoot is super cute!

I'm not sure if that is the same kid but I kind of hope so. Then again, I feel like he'd be older by now. Maybe it's another completely cute British kid?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
I like the idea of Tony trying to be a more encouraging dad than Howard by trying to nudge his kid to the right answer.

There's the added problem of Jamie, who's the oldest, being kind of a perfectionist like Pepper, so Tony tries to encourage him to relax about making mistakes. But he mentions that he hated that his dad dismissed so much of his ideas and didn't let him work things out for himself, and so he tries to never do that with his kids. And one time, he accidentally did it with one of Jamie's drawings without thinking, and spent the next five minutes apologizing until he realized Jamie wasn't really that upset and Tony might be creating issues by trying to prevent issues.

I'm not sure if that is the same kid but I kind of hope so. Then again, I feel like he'd be older by now. Maybe it's another completely cute British kid?

I really love the way little British children's voices rise and fall when they speak. It's like a less annoying version of the Australian accent where everything sounds like a question.

ETA: I have this pinned, too. More RDJ being Tony Stark talking to children.

Edited at 2015-05-03 12:26 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Haha! That first photo in that pinned photo set appeared in one where one kid was telling Chris Hemsworth he's not Thor and Tom Hiddleston mentioning that a child once was like "You're not Loki. That's rubbish!" And meanwhile all children with RDJ are like "Iron Man!!"

I have a problem in that another plot bunny involving Maria and Howard and it's an actual complicated one. Noooo, one at a time!! It featured all sorts of angst, Zola being scheme-y, Maria being competent, and Howard trying to be competent but mainly panicking a lot because he can't fix anything with money or technology.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
Haha! That first photo in that pinned photo set appeared in one where one kid was telling Chris Hemsworth he's not Thor and Tom Hiddleston mentioning that a child once was like "You're not Loki. That's rubbish!" And meanwhile all children with RDJ are like "Iron Man!!"

I've seen that one! To be fair, even aside from RDJ being very Tony Stark-like, he does look more like Tony just on the street than Chris and especially Tom look like their characters.

Plot bunnies are good! Encourage the plot bunnies. At least yours have actual canon characters in them. Mine, in addition to my basically OC Anna, have a slew of Howard's OC Stark Industries employees that Jarvis is dealing with. And, a bunch I've written with Tony's entirely non-existent children.

I'm off to watch 'Paddington', but I shall leave you with another pin I discovered while looking for the other one: Squirrelvengers.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
Enjoy Paddington! Don't cry! (Because I totally did).
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, I tried to enjoy it, but right when the Browns were off to rescue him from Evil Nicole Kidman, I had to pause to take my pills and then the OnDemand system broke, and it's been an hour and they still haven't fixed it. So, I will have to wait until tomorrow to hopefully find out his fate, and presumably cry. I did get a bit teary when he was parting from Aunt Lucy, though. He's such a nice bear.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
He IS a nice bear which is probably the reason why I teared up so much to begin with. Well, here's hoping you see the last half of the film.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
We get to keep it until 9pm Sunday, so hopefully they'll have the system up and running again. It was the worst possible place to leave it. Paddington is in danger! Someone has to help him! In his little blue coat with built in sandwich compartments.

Speaking of adorable talking animals, I'm always incredibly impressed by the accuracy of daemon test. I did Jarvis for some ideas one what forms Haddie might have liked as a child, and this is the result I got.

Edited at 2015-05-03 05:14 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 05:30 am (UTC)
I think my favorite bit in the film you've seen so far is Paddington's face while he watches the miniature train that runs through the antique shop. He just looks so intrigued!

Wow, that daemon test is pretty good. I feel like I may have taken it at one point years ago and I was suggested a bear as one of my possible animal forms which is the animal I assigned myself in my fantasy.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
I quite like when he's writing home to Aunt Lucy and makes sure to tell her what sorts of different rain he'd seen so far. I'm super impressed with the CGI integration, too. When Paddiington licks Judy's face, it was impossible to tell that there wasn't a real thing there doing it. I mean, Paddington doesn't look terribly real, but he looks like he's there in the world with them.

That's the daemon test that told me I should have a nightingale daemon, which appeals to be greatly. My mum's decided she should have a Scottie daemon, and I said 'no, that's just because you like Scotties you think that', but then she started listing off the Scottie breed traits, and I was like 'touché'. I think when I had her do the quiz, she ended up with an owl, though.

ETA: Saw the rest of the movie now. I didn't cry, but I think the break in narrative took away some of the emotional journey. I welled up a little at the end, when Paddington was writing to Peru to tell Aunt Lucy that he was different, but that's okay. It is okay, Paddington, because you're a very nice bear who's been raised properly and any family would be glad to have you. I was also just glad that there is, in fact, a Home for Retired Bears, and that wasn't some sort of reassurance on Aunt Lucy's part when sending Paddington off.

I loved the dust buster chimney escape. I love when stories call back to everything we've seen along the way.

Edited at 2015-05-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
I was also just glad that there is, in fact, a Home for Retired Bears, and that wasn't some sort of reassurance on Aunt Lucy's part when sending Paddington off.

Yeah, I knew in the books that the Home actually existed. Also, the books were less grim in that Uncle Pastuzo isn't dead and there was never any earthquake. He and Aunt Lucy just sent Paddington to London to start a new life.

I loved the dust buster chimney escape. I love when stories call back to everything we've seen along the way.

Yeah, I liked how many of the elements throughout the movie all came back at the end like Judy learning Bear and Mrs. Brown finding her hero.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I knew in the books that the Home actually existed. Also, the books were less grim in that Uncle Pastuzo isn't dead and there was never any earthquake. He and Aunt Lucy just sent Paddington to London to start a new life.


We had a Paddington doll that my dad got for my brother when he was born, and my dad got Paddington salt and pepper shakers for my mum's first Mother's Day, and he says he read the books when he was little, but I didn't really have any knowledge of the original stories. I think I might have see the old British television show on TVO when I was little, but I'm not sure. Our go to 'Animal Makes Friends with Human' story was always Babar.

I also really loved how I could kind of see Ben Whishaw's eyes and mouth in the Paddington. The way Paddington holds his mouth is very Ben Whishaw-y. He did such a lovely job with the voice. Both Mum and I agreed that we couldn't see Colin Firth doing it as well.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
I also really loved how I could kind of see Ben Whishaw's eyes and mouth in the Paddington. The way Paddington holds his mouth is very Ben Whishaw-y. He did such a lovely job with the voice. Both Mum and I agreed that we couldn't see Colin Firth doing it as well.

Yes, I was pleased to see that the filmmakers strapping a camera to Ben Whishaw's head while he was doing the recordings to capture his facial expressions actually did something with all that footage.

I think I read somewhere that Colin Firth actually acted with the other human actors for most of the movie doing the lines so all the acting of the Brown Family is in reaction to whatever acting Colin Firth was doing. With that in mind, the switching out of Firth for Whishaw feels pretty seamless.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)

I think I read somewhere that Colin Firth actually acted with the other human actors for most of the movie doing the lines so all the acting of the Brown Family is in reaction to whatever acting Colin Firth was doing. With that in mind, the switching out of Firth for Whishaw feels pretty seamless.


Oh, that makes a lot of sense. I couldn't believe that there was nothing there for the human actors to react to. It must have doubled the challenge for Whishaw to match it up to that, though. It was well done all around.

I'm off for a nap, but have some happy animal spam:

Lazy Red Panda
Baby Issie
This guy and his camel daemon taking a selfie
Bear tickles
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 3rd, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'd seen the red panda one and the bear tickles on before. Bear cubs are so adorable. I know when they grow up they'll have the strength to kill me with one swipe but man, I want to cuddle them all the time.

The second gif of the red panda is my favorite. I love how weirdly human it seems, rubbing it's own head in that sleepy, "Mmmm...don't wanna move..." way.

Have a good nap!

The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 3rd, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
I was watching Nature on PBS, and they did a really interesting series on animal homes, and one of the ones was a bear den. The host of the show was with a team whose job it was to...I can't quite remember, but they had to go through and keep track of wild bears' health and numbers. So, the mother was hibernating, and the cubs had just been born, and they tranq'd the mother, and pulled her out to examine her and count the cubs. The cubs weren't sleeping, and the host got to cuddle with them. At one point, the host had two cubs cuddled up in his jacket with him and it was just adorable. They'd never seen humans before and mum was out cold, so they were just like 'okay, body heat creature, nice to meet you'.

My favourite animal home that they did was the beaver den, because they put a camera in there to track them through the winter, and when the lake was completely frozen, there was all this footage of inside the den with all the little beavers snuggling with each other, and going about their days. Daddy Beaver going out to get wood from the wood supply, and two teenage beavers wrestled and fighting over the wood. Beavers are adorable. They always look like they're very sorry to bother you, but they were wondering if they could tell you that you're great.