Downey gives credit where due: His wife

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Though Robert Downey Jr. stars as the epony­mous Dr. Dolittle in the fan­tasy-ad­ven­ture re­make “Dolittle,” which he also ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced, the ac­tor was quick to heap praise on his wife and pro­ducer Su­san Downey, for her con­tri­bu­tions to the project.

“She is the great­est cre­ative pro­ducer in the his­tory of cin­ema,” Downey pro­claimed at the film’s pre­miere Satur­day in Los An­ge­les. “And I make faces for cash and chicken. Even though no, I’m off chicken now.” “Not chicken any­more,” Su­san Downey said.

“I’m go­ing plant-based! For cash and legumes,” her hus­band quipped.

Helmed by Stephen Gaghan, the re­make of the 1967 film “Doc­tor Dolittle” fol­lows the story of the beloved lit­er­ary char­ac­ter, an ec­cen­tric physi­cian and vet­eri­nar­ian gifted with the abil­ity to speak to an­i­mals. The 2020 ver­sion ini­tially finds Dolittle as an un­shaven recluse who is drawn out of seclu­sion for a mis­sion. Dolittle is ac­com­pa­nied by ap­pren­tice Tommy Stub­bins (Harry Col­lett) and his co­terie of ex­otic an­i­mals, voiced by a star-stud­ded cast in­clud­ing Selena Gomez, Rami Malek John Cena, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Oc­tavia Spencer and Ku­mail Nan­jiani.

Walk­ing the green car­pet, Gomez ex­plained how she came to voice Betsy the gi­raffe: “Luck­ily the di­rec­tor’s daugh­ter (Betsy Gaghan) was a huge fan of mine and I’m ac­tu­ally named af­ter her, the char­ac­ter,” she said. “So, it’s re­ally sweet.”

Gomez was also celebratin­g the re­lease of “Rare”, her first stu­dio al­bum in more than four years, which dropped the day be­fore the pre­miere.

“It’s been cool,” Gomez said of the re­ac­tion thus far.


Robert Downey Jr. with wife Su­san Downey.


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