Cranston's performance is better, but RDJ's charisma in the role is unparalleled, and he does a fantastic job with the emotional moments as well.
Again RDJ is just playing RDJ. Saying RDJ is the living embodiment of Tony in the comics is funny tho.
This is a banal way to discredit RDJ's acting.
Also, it isn't available online yet, but have you not watched the scene where he's emaciated at the beginning of Endgame and lashing out on Cap for the Avengers breaking apart?
There are numerous scenes in the MCU where RDJ goes beyond and demonstrates a range of emotions as the character. Sure, there are a lot of core similarities between the personalities of the two, but it's absurd to write these scenes off as "RDJ as being RDJ" unless you think RDJ was actually angry at finding out that Sebastian Stan killed his mother in the scene I just posted.
@theamazingspidey: Nothing you mention disproved RDJ is playing RDJ. 90% of the time it’s being a wise guy. Beyond the range of a character because he has a few emotional scenes, just stop please. He has far more range as Sherlock Holmes and Sgt Lincoln Osiris (which is RDJ best performance to date)
@doom_phd: your insistence that RDJ is just playing RDJ stems from your limited understanding on the meaning of acting, and your peephole perspective that acting requires you to put on a different accent and adopt an entirely different persona.
In the scenes I mentioned, do you genuinely think RDJ felt angry and betrayed because he just found out his friend hid a secret from him regarding who killed his mother? Or how about the scene in Endgame? Do you think RDJ was genuinely emotionally drained after being stranded with very little food for a long period of time? If your answer to any of these questions is ‘No’ then you can’t tell me he’s playing himself. He’s channeling emotions and putting himself into the shoes of a character who is experiencing emotions he isn’t, and is bringing them to life.
If you want to argue he has more range in Sherlock Holmes and Tropic Thunder, that’s perfectly arguable, but your insistence that RDJ is playing himself as Iron Man is just wrong - as he has to bring emotions and stories to life that he isn’t actually experiencing. And I mentioned some scenes to disprove it.
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