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Robert Downey Jr. Brushes Off Martin Scorsese's Marvel Remarks Before Weirdly Agreeing With Them

Interesting take, RDJ.

Martin Scorsese caused a bit of a ripple in the movie and comic book worlds when he said something to the effect of “Marvel films ain’t cinema!” which prompted much discussion over whether he is right or wrong. Now the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe himself, Robert Downey Jr., has weighed in on Scorsese’s remarks and his response was… a little confusing to be honest.

Appearing on The Howard Stern Show to chat about whatever Howard Stern wants to chat about, Robert Downey Jr. was asked about Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments and he was quite diplomatic about the legendary filmmaker’s position on the issue and didn’t take any offence.

“I appreciate [Scorsese’s] opinion. I think it’s like anything where we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.

“It’d be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio. It makes no sense to say it.”

But then the waters got a little muddied when Downey Jr. sort of started agreeing with Scorsese on the whole “cinema is art” angle while also acknowledging the insane success Marvel has experienced and how the MCU has become a “multi-headed Hydra.”

“There is a lot to be said for how these genre movies — and I was happy to be part of the ‘problem,’ if there is one — but how they have denigrated the era, the art form of cinema.

“When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”

So on one hand we’re hearing him defend Marvel while respectfully saying that Martin Scorsese is free to his opinion and we should respect it. Yet on the other hand, it also sounds like he’s saying “yeah, there’s something to be said about Marvel films being ‘art’ and they’ve really taken monopoly of the cinema experience haven’t they? But it’s not really that bad!”

Huh. Getting mixed messages there, Robert Downey Jr.

But all in all, this whole topic over what constitutes as “cinema” is a bit ridiculous because we’re dealing with a completely subjective medium. People like different things and what one person may consider to be art might not be what another thinks.

And let’s be honest, if you’re in the big-budget, blockbuster movie business, there’s always going to be a big capitalist element to every project and no amount of parroting “I’m doing it for the art!” from Marty is going to convince people otherwise.

So let’s just channel our inner Robert Downey Jr. and accept the fact that Martin Scorsese doesn’t consider Marvel films to be “cinema” in his eyes while also acknowledging that the MCU is special in its own money-making way.

Tom Holland Shaved His Head And It's Honestly Not That Bad, Folks

RIP to Tom's Prince Charming-esque locks.

You don’t really realise something is missing until it is gone. In the context of this story, we’re talking about Spider-Man star Tom Holland and his hair, which is currently sitting in a bin somewhere.

After rocking some Prince Charming-esque locks for however many years and Spider-Man movies, Tom decided to shave it all off and rock a buzz cut look instead.

Seriously, take a gander:

Having become used to the Tom Holland curly-haired look over the last few years, it’s actually pretty jarring to see his luscious locks bite the dust (not unlike Spider-Man in Infinity War).

But in all honesty, Tom actually rocks the buzz cut look pretty damn well. That said, having a perfectly-proportioned head along with a face moulded out of clay by the gods certainly helps any hair cut, regardless how good or bad it is, go down easier.

Yet it appears we’re in the minority here because the internet had a field day grieving over Tom’s hair. Tears were shed, comparisons were made, tributes were held and many jokes were cracked.

To be honest, it was all pretty funny and Twitter was alight with some seriously creative responses:

As for why Tom Holland said bye bye to his hair, the reason isn’t as dramatic as what the internet might have you believe.

The buzz cut is all for a movie, Cherry, which tells the story of a former Army medic who comes back from Iraq with an extreme undiagnosed case of PTSD and he ultimately descends into a life of opioid addiction and crime.

For those who are still having panic attacks over Tom’s hair, I’ll say to you what I said when Joe Keery cut off his own stupendous locks: it’s just hair.

It’ll all grow back eventually and you’ll definitely see Tom rocking those curly locks once again when the new Spider-Man movie arrives.

We Spoke To An Insomniac About Why TV And Movies Keep Getting Insomnia Wrong

A question that's been keeping everyone awake at night.

Insomnia is a condition that’s been portrayed countless times in movies and TV shows, the most famous case being Christian Bale losing half his body weight to play an insomniac in The Machinist.

But despite the many depictions of insomnia seen on the big and small screen over the years, it’s never quite right. In fact, some portrayals of the condition just look and feel plain wrong.

Since this was keeping me up at night (metaphorically) I decided to chat to my housemate who is an actual insomniac, Will, about the condition, how it comes about, and why films and TV shows keep dropping the ball when it comes to fictional depictions of insomnia or other sleep-related conditions.

Straight away, Will debunks the widely-used visual of someone lying in bed at night with bloodshot eyes and staring at the ceiling. “That’s not entirely accurate, you’re more likely to look like you’re asleep than that,” he says.

As for how insomnia manifests itself, Will describes it as his brain being unable to turn itself off despite being exhausted. “It’s usually as simple as your brain fixated on one random topic, like a joke or picture or whatever, and being unable to stop thinking about it for hours,” says Will, “that’s what keeps you awake. It’s all in your head so I need like a movie or show to help me drift off.”

The widely believed thing about not being unable to sleep for long stretches of time – like The Machinist‘s premise of Christian Bale’s character having not slept for a year – is also not strictly inaccurate either.

“That’s just not how it happens, at least for me,” says Will, “you physically have to sleep, it’s just that rather than sleeping for seven or eight hours at a time, I only get one or two.”

“Sometimes I might not sleep for a day but then I end up sleeping for 10 hours because of exhaustion from the previous couple of nights. But then the thought of ‘okay, I’m going to get good sleeps from now on’ after that great 10 hour night will play on my mind and stop me sleeping again. It’s a pretty vicious cycle.”

Will says he occasionally tries to combat his insomnia with sleeping pills, there are side effects, one of which is outright terrifying. During one instance when our house flooded in the middle of the night, Will was the only one who didn’t leave his room to come help clean up. As it turns out, he knew exactly what was going on, he just physically couldn’t move from his bed let alone help mop up.

“Sleeping pills help but they lose their effectiveness over time,” says Will, “and even when they work, I’m still conscious of what’s happening around me, I just can’t physically move my body.”

“When I wake up, I sometimes wonder whether everything I heard was a dream or whether it all actually happened in real life and that plays with your head, which sort of leads to more nights of not sleeping because you become fixated on that one thing.”

After getting the lowdown on the condition, I asked Will just why films and TV shows keep getting insomnia wrong and his answer was essentially “because it’s just not a very visually interesting condition.”

“If you were to show insomnia accurately, it would just be someone tossing and turning with their eyes closed trying to get to sleep,” laughs Will, “it’s pretty boring so movies and shows need to make it entertaining somehow.”

That’s… fair enough.

When you throw in scientific studies showing that insomnia leads to weight gain rather than the scenes of weight loss we’ve been fed, it means that we’ve been somewhat duped this whole time but it was all in the name of staving off boredom.

If The Machinist had portrayed insomnia realistically, Christian Bale should’ve been rocking his fat Dick Cheney body while trying to get comfortable in bed for eight hours instead of what we ended up seeing.

Towards the end of our chat about insomnia and why The Machinist is bullcrap, Will casually joked that he’s probably not going to sleep that night. When I asked why, he said that just chatting about insomnia to me is enough to get his brain fixated on the topic and thus unable to switch off.

After apologising profusely, he laughed and shrugged it off as something he’s used to the bitter irony of chatting about insomnia only for it to trigger a bout of insomnia.

“The sleepless night will be worth it if you get people reading.”

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