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(Examiner)   Robert Downey Jr. surprises a bunch of kids in Comicon's Iron Man costume contest   (examiner.com) divider line 94
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2012-07-16 10:21:58 AM
That is 100% awesome.

I know it's all about publicity, but he just made the week for those kids. And probably their parents.
 
2012-07-16 10:43:25 AM
That's awesome of RDJ.

But WTF is this in TFA:
Jodi Jill is an award winning celebrity columnist. Sharing entertainment favorites with her audience and covering stars, movies, tv, fashion and red carpet events, this is her dream job.

They give awards for celebrity columnists?
 
2012-07-16 11:41:53 AM
Pretty damn cool of him.
 
2012-07-16 12:11:56 PM
I don't care what anyone says I love RDJ. He's one of the few actors who not only recognizes the character that returned him to stardom, he embraces and loves it. He IS Tony Stark, and he enjoys the hell out of it.
 
2012-07-16 12:48:30 PM
That guy, man. I don't know what happened in rehab, but he's become awesome all around.
 
2012-07-16 12:50:00 PM

Two Dogs Farking: That's awesome of RDJ.

But WTF is this in TFA:
Jodi Jill is an award winning celebrity columnist. Sharing entertainment favorites with her audience and covering stars, movies, tv, fashion and red carpet events, this is her dream job.

They give awards for celebrity columnists?


I would assume so, yeah.
 
2012-07-16 12:51:48 PM
That one Iron Man is, FABULOUUUUSSSSS!
 
2012-07-16 12:52:45 PM
You know, some artists pretend to embrace their roles and fans, but its hard to fake things like this.

He did not have to go to Comicon and hang out with little kids. He could have been sick or busy or simply bought his way out of whatever part of his contract said he needed to do it.

Fact is, he did it because he knows he is lucky and because he is a good guy.

Good for him!
 
2012-07-16 12:53:25 PM

maverickzy: That guy, man. I don't know what happened in rehab, but he's become awesome all around.


He took it seriously, instead of using it as the revolving door get-out-of-shiat-free card that other celebrities use it for.
 
2012-07-16 12:54:42 PM
Kudos to RDJ and hooray for those kids having a great anectdote to tell forever! And congrats to the 3 other fans and 10,000 photogs there for getting to see it.
 
2012-07-16 12:56:44 PM

Two Dogs Farking: That's awesome of RDJ.

But WTF is this in TFA:
Jodi Jill is an award winning celebrity columnist. Sharing entertainment favorites with her audience and covering stars, movies, tv, fashion and red carpet events, this is her dream job.

They give awards for celebrity columnists?


They give awards for EVERYTHING.

"And the award for best award presenter goes to...

... oh, it's me. It's me! I won, I won!"
 
2012-07-16 01:07:17 PM
Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.
 
2012-07-16 01:08:45 PM

RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.


Oh good. It's THAT guy.
 
2012-07-16 01:10:18 PM

TheBlackrose: maverickzy: That guy, man. I don't know what happened in rehab, but he's become awesome all around.

He took it seriously, instead of using it as the revolving door get-out-of-shiat-free card that other celebrities use it for.


And that's why he's spot-on for Tony Stark.
 
2012-07-16 01:18:01 PM
Has anyone else gone from the top of everyone's celebrity death pool to everyone's list of completely awesome celebrities who "get" why they are celebrities?


Dude is making awesome movies (say what you will he's an awesome big screen Holmes) and does shiat like this seemingly pretty regularly.
 
2012-07-16 01:19:41 PM
Charlie Sheen should take note...this is what #winning looks like.

/good on you RDj
 
2012-07-16 01:21:36 PM
Anyone else dissapointed that so few of the kids had home-made costumes? Its not much of a contest if 95% of the people are wearing the same mass produced costumes.

/And fatty in the gray hoodie doesn't count.
 
2012-07-16 01:26:54 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't care what anyone says I love RDJ. He's one of the few actors who not only recognizes the character that returned him to stardom, he embraces and loves it.


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Derek Lutz agrees.
 
2012-07-16 01:28:38 PM

The Muthaship: RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.

Oh good. It's THAT guy.


You know, when I submitted this, I knew THAT guy would show up. Took longer than I thought.

Yes, hero, you turd. To those kids, he's a huge hero and not becuase he plays the guy in the superhero suit in the movies. He took the time to spend a while with the kids. Took pictures, signed things, etc. Not only is that unusual, it's almost unheard of to let alone show up like this but to go the extra mile for the kids was awesome. Makes him a hero in my book.
 
2012-07-16 01:40:23 PM
RDJ is a great actor and an even better person. Awesome.
 
2012-07-16 01:54:46 PM

FunkyBlue: Makes him a hero in my book


While Fark has a [Cool] tag, it does not have a "pretty farking awesome guy" tag, so [Hero] has to pull double duty. It's okay, the [Hero] tag can take it. That's what the [Hero] tag does. It's not going to complain, it's not going to shirk, or cry or whine. It's going to get in there and let us know that RDJ is a pretty farking cool guy, and even if RDJ isn't a true [Hero], the [Hero] tag is a true hero- it does whatever it takes.
 
2012-07-16 01:57:03 PM

RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.


IronMan will do more to bring Science, Math and Engineering to a new generation of people than anything almost anyone else can do. Yeah, hero.
 
2012-07-16 02:00:33 PM

RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.


Fark off.

Hero - a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Good actor? Yup.

Showing up to talk to those kids and sign autographs? Noble qualities.

To reiterate - fark off
 
2012-07-16 02:02:47 PM
He must be doing something right when people are happy to have their kids around him.
 
2012-07-16 02:03:08 PM
I don't think it's fair that he declared himself the winner. No appropriate voting period?
 
2012-07-16 02:04:07 PM

Two Dogs Farking: scottydoesntknow: I don't care what anyone says I love RDJ. He's one of the few actors who not only recognizes the character that returned him to stardom, he embraces and loves it.


Derek Lutz agrees.


HA! One of his best characters.

/brilliant movie
 
2012-07-16 02:06:10 PM
this is awesome. if 1 out of a hundred kids is inspired to do good deeds and maybe do some SCIENCE! because of the iron man films, then rdj gets the hero tag in my book.
 
2012-07-16 02:11:45 PM
Fails without turning up in costume and winning...
 
2012-07-16 02:23:26 PM
Watching Iron Man opening night in LA, he was hanging around *after* the show to just hang out with folks and talk about the movie and comics. No press, no one knew he was going to be there. It was just a normal showing and he showed up to thank his fans.

Class act.
 
2012-07-16 02:24:15 PM
GetaLife:
/brilliant movie

Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.

Makes me thirsty just thinking about it.
 
2012-07-16 02:24:53 PM
100% awesome indeed. It would have been 200% awesome if he'd judged the contest as Tony Stark. I bet those little rugrats would have gone even more ape-shiat (ape-shiattier?) over that. RDJ is a class act.
 
2012-07-16 02:34:17 PM
FTA:

The actor arrived early for his panel and surprised some young kids who idolize his character in the movies.

These kids must have Republican parents.
 
2012-07-16 02:38:59 PM

rufus-t-firefly: RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.

Fark off.

Hero - a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Good actor? Yup.

Showing up to talk to those kids and sign autographs? Noble qualities.

To reiterate - fark off


A hero has all the qualities that you mentioned above but you conveniently forgot to include the distinguished courage and brave deeds part in your lose application to RDJ. Those aspects do not apply to RDJ, sorry.

Hero is a grossly overused term which when misapplied lessens the impact of those that fit all the qualities of a hero.

You sir have no idea what a hero even despite your quote of the definition.

/I love RDJ and this was a truly awesome thing for him to do.
 
2012-07-16 02:39:16 PM

SithLord: These kids must have Republican parents.


What are the odds? Both THAT guys are here!
 
2012-07-16 02:41:19 PM
Oh, awesome, now he's even sexier.
 
2012-07-16 02:49:45 PM

RedTank: A hero has all the qualities that you mentioned above but you conveniently forgot to include the distinguished courage and brave deeds part in your lose application to RDJ. Those aspects do not apply to RDJ, sorry.

Hero is a grossly overused term which when misapplied lessens the impact of those that fit all the qualities of a hero.

You sir have no idea what a hero even despite your quote of the definition.


A bunch of kids had an experience, a POSITIVE experience, that will stick with them the rest of their life. Also, you don't seem to understand what the word "or" means in regards to the definition.

In this day and age if giving children a bright memory to cherish for the rest of their lives doesn't qualify, you've set the bar too high and aren't giving people the credit they deserve.
 
2012-07-16 02:50:47 PM
Watch the video that accompanies the story.
Most of the costumes are store-bought, but just seeing a huge group of little kids in them is adorable.

There was one kid that had a home-made full-head mask *with glitter sparkles* and RDJ made sure that guy got a special round of applause.
 
2012-07-16 02:58:13 PM

RedTank: rufus-t-firefly: RyansPrivates: Cool as hell? yes
Hero? no.

Fark off.

Hero - a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Good actor? Yup.

Showing up to talk to those kids and sign autographs? Noble qualities.

To reiterate - fark off

A hero has all the qualities that you mentioned above but you conveniently forgot to include the distinguished courage and brave deeds part in your lose application to RDJ. Those aspects do not apply to RDJ, sorry.

Hero is a grossly overused term which when misapplied lessens the impact of those that fit all the qualities of a hero.

You sir have no idea what a hero even despite your quote of the definition.

/I love RDJ and this was a truly awesome thing for him to do.


Exactly my point. I reserve the term hero (which has been used by Fark properly before) for somehting akin to actions that protect or assist others at risk to themselves and/or their livelihood. What RDJ did was cool (as I said previously). Pretty damn cool at that. But to say that he is a hero because he did this is overstating and dimishes value of the word when used for real heroes. I have the same problem with calling every single person who serves in uniform as a hero. Most are courageous, self-sacrificing, and fantastic individuals. But the heroes are those that go above and beyond.

A firefighter rescues people from buring buildings is a hero. An emergency room trauma surgeon that saves the lives of people horribly injured is a hero. Doctors Without Borders - heroes (the actual doctors doing the work, not necessarily the org). Soldiers protecting and rescuing injured comrades. Coast guard rescuers. All heroes.
 
2012-07-16 02:59:31 PM

The Muthaship: SithLord: These kids must have Republican parents.

What are the odds? Both THAT guys are here!


The odds were "pick'em"
 
2012-07-16 03:00:05 PM

Dr. Whoof: A bunch of kids had an experience, a POSITIVE experience, that will stick with them the rest of their life. Also, you don't seem to understand what the word "or" means in regards to the definition.

In this day and age if giving children a bright memory to cherish for the rest of their lives doesn't qualify, you've set the bar too high and aren't giving people the credit they deserve.


You would arguably put RDJ in the same category as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Winston Churchill? Those men are heros. They fit the definition perfectly. A hero must take a great personal risk.

But by all means continue to water down what it truly means to be a hero.

/your priority meter is broken
 
2012-07-16 03:01:32 PM

RedTank: A hero must take a great personal risk.


Apparently, you never partied with RDJ.
 
2012-07-16 03:02:59 PM

RyansPrivates: A firefighter rescues people from buring buildings is a hero. An emergency room trauma surgeon that saves the lives of people horribly injured is a hero. Doctors Without Borders - heroes (the actual doctors doing the work, not necessarily the org). Soldiers protecting and rescuing injured comrades. Coast guard rescuers. All heroes.


Yes, perfect. I concur completely.
 
2012-07-16 03:10:09 PM

lisarenee3505: 100% awesome indeed. It would have been 200% awesome if he'd judged the contest as Tony Stark. I bet those little rugrats would have gone even more ape-shiat (ape-shiattier?) over that. RDJ is a class act.


It would've 500% awesome if he came as Tony Stark, had the briefcase with them and put the suit on right in front of them..

I think the internet would've melted down from that happening.
 
2012-07-16 03:11:58 PM

RyansPrivates: I reserve the term hero (which has been used by Fark properly before) for somehting akin to actions that protect or assist others at risk to themselves and/or their livelihood.

An emergency room trauma surgeon that saves the lives of people horribly injured is a hero.


Going by your definition of a hero, what risk are trauma surgeons putting themselves at? Besides possible malpractice suit.
 
2012-07-16 03:12:05 PM
he credits his latest wife for his turnaround, that and a metal heart
 
2012-07-16 03:14:27 PM
hero tag is because he plays one in a movie, not because he was one for showing up. also intentionally used to describe headlines about sammiches.

sappy tag: 1. in heartwarming threads about parents coming home from war. 2. also, used intentionally to describe headlines about trees or maple syrup.

ironic tag: 1. used intentionally correct in headlines regarding literary irony. 2. also used intentionally incorrectly in headlines about irony or Alanis Morissette.

/context is tricky
 
2012-07-16 03:16:26 PM
Nice to know that for some folks a teacher or parent cannot be a hero. Not enough risk involved.
 
2012-07-16 03:25:19 PM

BafflerMeal: Nice to know that for some folks a teacher or parent cannot be a hero. Not enough risk involved.


That's true; I wouldn't say most teachers are heroes. Perhaps working in the hood could possibly be argued...

People get so stuck up on the word hero.... Like it's the highest honor someone could bestow upon someone... I just see it as a lack of creatively.

I would say being a teacher is one of the most potentially personally rewarding jobs that someone could undertake and arguably one of the best for society in general, but again... Not heroic.

/this is coming from someone who thinks education is the single most important thing to have a sucessfull society.
 
2012-07-16 03:26:56 PM

RedTank: education is the single most important thing to have a sucessfull society.


Awesome.
 
2012-07-16 03:30:54 PM

The Muthaship: Awesome.


Aw crap... grammar and writing skills are not my forte. But I suppose that somehow undermines my arguments?
 
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