Robert Downey Jr. is widely known for his portrayal of Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there are other roles that better showcase his versatility as an actor. One of these is his performance as Paul Avery in David Fincher's psychological thriller Zodiac. The film revolves around the true story of the Zodiac serial killer who terrorized Northern California in the late 1960s and '70s. Downey plays Avery, a crime-beat writer at The San Francisco Chronicle.
Avery gets caught up in the mystery and terror brought on by the Zodiac killer. Downey's portrayal of Avery is characterized by his trademark wit and charm.
Their exchanges are filled with fast-paced banter, reminiscent of the dialogue seen in films like All the President's Men and Spotlight. Avery serves as the jaded veteran, while Graysmith is the eager but inexperienced newcomer.
Robert Downey Jr.'s performance in Zodiac showcases his versatility as an actor. He effortlessly balances the wit and charm he is known for with the emotional depth required for the role. The chemistry between him and his co-stars adds another layer of brilliance to the film. Whether he's portraying a genius billionaire or a troubled writer, Downey has an innate ability to captivate audiences with his magnetic presence on screen.