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Robert Downey Jr is a Teacher, Too

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By Tia Kitchens

Long before he came on screen as Dolittle there was his time as one of Marvel's favorite super heroes. He proved on screen that he could be take on the role of a mentor with Peter Parker that is played by Tom Holland. It seems that Robert Downey Jr is just like the on set dad for the younger actors.

As he did the same thing with his Dolittle costar, Harry Collett. Harry Collett plays the role of Tommy Stubbins. The man who helps Dolittle through the movie.

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It is coming to home screens really soon too. While it wasn't in the theatres too terribly long you can blame the COVID-19 virus for that one. It will be on most video on demand sites starting March 24th and then on Blu-Ray and Ultra 4k starting April 7.

It should be a great movie to have for those who do love a new spin on the tale. It doesn't follow the movies from before and gives a fresh new take.

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But what was Downey doing on set to teach his costar? Well from what we know he was teaching him the Thai martial art Muay Thai. He has been practicing this since 2003. He stated before that he practiced it with a wooden dummy. So does this mean we've seen some of his skills when it comes to fighting on screen? We sure hope so.

It was in 2011 that he started to practice in Wing Chun with Eric Oram. He stated that this practice is what helped him get over his addictions in the past.

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It was on set that he started to teach his costar what he knew. It was a plan from the start to mentor the young actor with things to do during breaks.

He started to teach his costar Muay Thai during breaks between takes. “There’s nothing you can get better at until you’ve done it more often,” Downey said to Collett during one of the breaks. “It’s just like surfing, which I know nothing about.”

He would do what he could to keep Collett working and doing what he needed to do.


“Throughout the shoot, Robert teaches me martial arts which I really, really enjoy,” Collett said about the teachings. “Touch wood it doesn't happen, but if it ever happened in the real world, it could be really useful.”

It is really interesting to see how he took it on and grew with it. Of course, it isn't all serious when working with Robert. He isn't known as the super-serious actor after all. There was some fun going on behind the scenes after all.

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