Robert Downey Jr spotted completely unrecognisable with receding ginger hairlineJanuary 12, 2023
Robert Downey Jr has been spotted worlds away from his usual chiselled look while filming in Los Angeles.
The Hollywood star was seen on the set of upcoming series The Sympathiser and was practically unrecognisable as he sported the dramatic image overhaul.
Pictures showed the legendary actor wearing a white vest covered by a pink shirt, unbuttoned down the chest, with a burgundy jacket over the top and a pair of blue suit trousers.
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However, the biggest change was his hair, which had been replaced with thin ginger curls – with eyebrows to match – and a receding hairline.
The makeover will no doubt come as a shock to some, who are used to Downey Jr's usual dark hair, facial stubble and rugged good looks.
Downey Jr is filming in the US for his new project The Sympathiser from HBO and A24.
The series is an adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name and a search for the main cast members spanned far and wide.
According to reports, the search covered the US, Canada, Vietnam, Australia and Europe as well as a “worldwide online open casting call”.
RDJ will be joined by Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Vy Le and Alan Trong in the thriller-satire series.
Downey Jr will play multiple supporting roles as the antagonists of the series, who all stand for “a different arm of the American establishment”.
Filming for the series is currently taking place in Los Angeles and Thailand, while the show is also in production.
Park Chan-wook, director of Oldboy, is co-showrunner alongside Don McKellar and the pair will also produce The Sympathiser along with Downey Jr himself.
The story has been described as a “espionage thriller and cross-culture satire” following a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy.
His journey spans across the final days of the Vietnam War and covers his exile in the United States.
The book has been hailed as a “blistering exploration of identity and America”, as well as a “gripping” spy novel with a “powerful” story of love alongside friendship.
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel has even been compared to the likes of literary legends such as George Orwell and Franz Kafka.
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