Robert Downey Jr. has always been known for his transformative roles, but his latest project takes it to a whole new level. The actor was recently spotted on set for his new HBO series, The Sympathizer, and he looked completely unrecognizable. With receding, curly red hair and bleached eyebrows, Downey Jr. sported the attire of an old man, wearing a burgundy jacket, a pink shirt, and a white T-shirt peeking out. His navy pants and brown shoes completed the look.
The Sympathizer is a historical drama-thriller based on author Viet Thanh Nguyen's 2015 book of the same name. Downey Jr. will be playing multiple supporting roles in the series, which follows a half-French, half-Vietnamese man (played by Hoa Xuande) who was a spy for Communist forces during the Vietnam War. Sandra Oh also appears in the series.
But getting into character wasn't just a job for Downey Jr., it was a family affair. In October, he enlisted the help of his two younger children, Exton and Avri, to prepare for his role. In a video documented for social media, the star interrupted his kids while they were carving pumpkins.
"You know how I'm starting this project soon?" Downey Jr. asked his kids, who were initially confused. "I don't want to wear a bald cap, so will you guys shave my head?"
Exton and Avri were both taken aback by their dad's request, but they happily accepted the challenge. With a smirk on her face, Avri questioned the appropriateness of the task. After receiving reassurance from their dad, the kids went to work, fully shaving Downey Jr.'s head.
With a freshly shaved head, Downey Jr. proudly showed off his new look. "Great job guys. I'll let you get back to your pumpkin carving, but what do I owe ya?"
Captioning the video on social media, the Iron Man star wrote, "The things we do for our work…and our kids. #Sympathizer set ready."