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Robert Downey Jr. Shows Off New Look After Kids Shaved His Head

  • Robert Downey Jr.’s kids shaved the actor’s head for a new TV role.
  • The star showed off his new look for the first time at the 2022 AFI Festival.
  • It’s part of Downey’s preparation for his role on HBO’s “The Sympathizer.”

Robert Downey Jr. has taken a little time off in the last few years after saying goodbye to Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in the emotional finale of “Avengers: Endgame.” Aside from starring in 2020’s “Dolittle,” the actor has mainly stuck to producing projects like “Perry Mason” and “Sweet Tooth.”

But Downey is set to star in HBO’s “The Sympathizer,” an adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2015 novel of the same name. To prepare for the role, Downey enlisted his two children into shaving his head, giving him a surprising new look that’s a far cry from his slick hairdo as Marvel’s genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist. 

Downey Jr. debuted his shaved style at the 2022 AFI festival on Friday at the “Sr.” premiere. The upcoming documentary explores the life of the actor’s filmmaker father, Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Jr. at AFI Fest

Robert Downey Jr. at AFI Fest

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Directed by Chris Smith, the film is already being met with plenty of praise from critics, earning itself an early 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Aside from his new look, the star was dressed in a sharp…

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