Robert Downey Jr. adopted two rescue kittens: “I would kill for them”

Here are some shots from Robert Downey Jr.’s January/February cover of Men’s Fitness (the American version). RDJ is promoting Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which I saw over the holidays. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I LOVED the first Sherlock, and I appreciated that they did a lot of Jude Law-RDJ/Watson-Holmes bromance in the sequel, and I also liked Noomi Rapace’s Gypsy character a lot. There’s a ton of action, and there are some really cool sequences and stuff (I loved the part with Watson and the cannon), but it was like they were trying to jam so much cool stuff in there that some of the story got lost. Holmes spent too much time being an action hero and not enough time ruminating on all of his plots. Still, it’s worth a viewing. I just prefer the first one.

Anyway, here are some excerpts from RDJ’s cover story – I particularly like the story about his rescue kittens. I actually squealed a little.

About playing Tony Stark in Iron Man: “I guess I had some notion about [being an action hero]. I think I wanted to be able to look good and defend myself and all that stuff. I’ve always really enjoyed that genre, but I mean, it’s pretty outlandish. I’m not particularly tall or strong or fast or aggressive. Yet, I’m not faking it. To me, it’s a cosmic chuckle.”

On his wife Susan: “What can I even say about her? I’m crazy about her. Everybody’s opinion isn’t right all the time, but as far as averages go, if she wants to, she could hit to the same seat in the bleachers over and over and over again. That sort of consistency is awe-inspiring. We give each other the freedom to explore who and what we really are, which is great, because we’re always changing. I know I’ve changed a fair amount over the last decade, but she’s changed 10 times more than I have.”

On rescuing two kittens, Montgomery and Dartanian (Monty & Dart): “To understand the way cats play and fight is to understand the secrets of the universe. It’s to understand Wing Chun, to understand the palace tradition, to understand yoga. I would kill for these young, sweet little feline souls, these two boys. I would protect them with my life. Eighteen months ago, I’m saying, ‘I don’t want any rescue pets within 100 yards of either of my residences, I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’ I was adamantly opposed to the whole idea. And now I couldn’t imagine living without them. I’ve become one of those people where the Missus is like, ‘They don’t want to see iPhone pictures of our kittens right now. Stop it.’ And I can’t watch those commercials [for animal cruelty prevention] anymore. They kill me.”

[From Just Jared & the print edition]

It makes sense that RDJ is a cat person. He’s got the personality of a cat person, and I’m getting a little bit choked up, imagining him with two little kittens on his lap, his new happy place. I wish more men could admit that they love cats. Nothing makes me weaker in the knees (and other body parts) than a man with a cat. Maybe it’s just that I really want a cat these days… but Monty & Dart sound like they won the daddy lottery, right? Oh, then imagine RDJ and Susan’s newborn baby with the kittens. SQUEAL.

Photos courtesy of Men’s Fitness.

 

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  1. brin says:

    Didn’t think I could possibly love him any more!!!! SQUEAL!!!!!

    RDJ and Colin Farrell are my fav “bad boys” with hearts of gold!

  2. Enny says:

    I actually, literally just swooned.

  3. spinner says:

    Just look how intense he is. I like that in a man. *SWOOOON*

  4. Kimbob says:

    He just moved up several pages in my book! A cat/kitten lover….good for him! There should be more of such in this world.

  5. Heather M (Heather) says:

    LOVE him. I feel the same way about those freaking commercials. They kill me. Sniffle.

    I hope he doesn’t change once the baby is born and get all freaked out about the cats being near them.

    Oh, and I totally fell for a guy b/c he had such a sweet relationship with his cat. Big player. But his cat! I’m a sucker.

    • Enny says:

      I knew my husband was the one because he was nice to my cat and she, in turn, loved him. This cat only loved two people in the whole world, me and this man she’d only just met. You can tell a lot about people by how cats respond to them! They are socially brilliant creatures, unlike dogs, who love everyone indiscriminately (and I do love that about dogs, don’t get me wrong). :)

      • JenJen says:

        My husband is the same way with animals, they just FLOCK to him. Our dogs love him SO much, even though I’m the one who feeds/walks/grooms them! Whenever we visit someone who has pets, their dogs/cats literally attach themselves to him like a magnet. He’s not ridiculously smooshy with animals either, I think they sense he’s a kind soul or something.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    AHHHHHHH!!! I love him so much!!!!!!!!!!
    Squealing/swooning like commenters above..

  7. Jo says:

    Just love a real man who can admit a soft spot in his heart for two helpless kitties who just needed a home. **SIGH** Makes me wish I was one of those little baby cats. Just love him! And I really believe this is who he is and not some made up PR story.

  8. LindyLou says:

    Damn this man looks fiiiiiine!! I’d hit it…over and over….

  9. JudyK says:

    Can relate…adopted two feral black brother kittens one year ago…was never a cat lover. Now, they are my heart, and I would do anything to protect them. And I can’t watch the animal cruelty prevention commercials either. Love RDJ.

  10. telesma says:

    I do feral cat rescue, spay/neuter catch & release, and foster feral kittens. I’m glad he’s had an epiphany about rescued pets and I’m glad he loves his kitty boys, but his attitude before he got them was pretty shitty.

  11. xxodettexx says:

    as an avid lifelong cat lover, i just squeeeeeed! :) love rdj and now have even more reason to be proud of my love for him!

  12. Hannah says:

    The last pic disturbs me a little, it looks like he’s been molested by that guy.
    Anyway, love cats.

  13. Diane says:

    Did I really need another reason to love him more? Maybe we could trade iphone kitty pictures. And yeah, I have to leave the room during those commercials.

  14. NM9005 says:

    I don’t buy his nice image anymore. I never found him that “wow” to begin with but he does seems a pretty cool and intelligent guy. A Dutch TV personality got the chance to interview him and Law for Holmes 2 and they were talking to each other how they would love to do her (there’s audio). In the end they asked her what her plans were but she declined and left as soon as the interview was over.

    I guess it was just “mantalk” but I still find it weird and I wonder how it goes on a set where cheating is easy or when they travel and meets all sorts of easy women.

    I do find it awesome that they find Tess hot while she is just average looking. The girl next door.

    http://www.clint.be/entertainment/people/robert-downey-jr-wil-vogelen-met-tess-goossens-audio

    • Lence says:

      They must be deaf in Netherlands. RDJ didn’t say “I want to f— her” he said “f—er” to Jude Law.
      As for “how it goes on set” his wife is a producer who works with him on all of his movies. They’re pretty much attached to the hip. RDJ likes to talk big, but in reality, he’s one big softy. If she were to leave him he would curl up in the corner and weep. Plus Susan’s not dumb. If she knew he was cheating she would’ve dumped his ass.

    • Sienna says:

      They’re not Dutch, they’re Flemish speaking belgians. .be stands for .belgium while .nl stands for .netherlands.

      • NM9005 says:

        @Sienna:

        Dutch is a West-Germanic language and also spoken in Belgium. Flemish is actually considered too nationalistic at times because of the division between the French (Wallonian) and Dutch (Flemish-Brabant) speaking part. Also, it’s more of an accent than an actual language. Therefore, I rather refer to my language as (Belgian) Dutch. The interviewer uses Standard Dutch.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flemish

        @Lence:

        I don’t know, I’m sceptic :) . That’s why I said “wondered”.

        Have you ever watched Dutch television? The words f–k and sh-t fly around like it’s nothing. It’s Europe, why would they whisper “f–ker” when it was just between them? If he likes to talk so big, he would have said it out loud no? F–k her or f–ker? I tend to believe the first because of the way it’s said. Hard to tell but it’s funny anyway :D

    • Lence says:

      Have you seen the video of this? No? Well I have. I watched it before Warner Bros. got it removed from the internet. They weren’t exactly “whispering” to each other at all. Plus it’s pretty obvious when he calls Jude a ‘F–ker’.
      I’m sure that ugly reporter had fun spreading rumors though.

      • NM9005 says:

        Sheesh light up. So he just said f*#%er, happy now? Your celeb is squeeky clean and nice.

        It’s not like it was a big headline that was featured in all magazines. I just read it myself somewhere. And Goossens isn’t ugly at all, our reporters aren’t plastic and don’t kiss celebs asses and aren’t exactly known outside Belgium so how many rumours can she actually spread?! It’s not like she was the only one there at the interview so maybe somebody else heard them asking about her plans. Like I said, I don’t know! It’s not a big deal…

      • Lence says:

        Whatever. I never said RDJ was “squeaky clean”. The fact is that this “reporter” and her crew tried to manufacture some bullshit story.

      • Flan says:

        Well said, NM9005.

        Some people can’t take it that Europeans don’t fawn over their celebs as they are used too.

      • Donovan says:

        I dont care if a reporter is from europe or usa. If one is a liar one is a liar no matter where from. these losers were quite obvious when they first posted this “story” online with that fake transcript. and all that begging to Perez Hilton to run with it. Sad pathetic losers not reporters.

  15. ladybert62 says:

    I really like this guy and am so happy that he got his personal life together and seems happy.

    I just cannot buy into Sherlock Holmes being an action hero.

  16. Turd Fergussen says:

    I wish he hadn’t gone through life with such a terrible view of rescue & abused pets, but the fact that he’s had a change of heart is…well, heartening. I think he’s one of the best actors of our generation, and I’m so glad he’s happily married, expecting a kid with his non-fame whore, normal, cute wife, and that he’s turned his life around. The fact that he’s now a cat lover just is the cherry on top.

  17. Tierra says:

    I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’ I was adamantly opposed to the whole idea.

    I dont understand what he meant by that line, “tripod abused animal” but at least he had a change of heart. Any man that is a cat lover is okay in my book.

  18. bluhare says:

    Let’s hope the cats aren’t out with last week’s trash when the baby comes, and they try to climb in the crib.

  19. DemoCat827 says:

    Okay, his love for these kitties can ALMOST make me overlook the fact that he’s a Republican. ALMOST.

  20. cmc says:

    Phew. This is a good palate-cleanser after the Kardashian dog-buying story from this morning.

  21. Sienna says:

    Where are the kitten pictures? :(

  22. cool girl says:

    Hmmmm….well, isn’t that INTERESTING, because Jude Law said in one of their recent interviews that HE has a new kitten, too. And Robert said “Awwwww…”

  23. original kate says:

    could he BE any hotter? yeah yeah, he’s a republican – i’d still it it. hard.

    • Onyx XV says:

      Has he come out and stated that he’s a Republican? I did not know that…too bad, if true.

    • jc126 says:

      I don’t know if he’s necessarily a Republican. He said recently that spending time in prison changed some of his opinions and that he wouldn’t feel comfortable voicing them at dinner parties, something along those lines. That wouldn’t make him necessarily a Republican, it could mean in some ways he’s a more conservative Democrat than most Democrats he meets (if he is a Dem, of course, just using that as an example.)
      I think a lot of people get their perspective changed once they or someone else goes through the CJ system. RDJ was in a prison with hardcore criminals, so perhaps met a bunch of sociopaths and therefore he thinks the law should go harder on some. Martha Stewart (whom I had no idea was a Democrat til she said so, lol) went to federal prison with other women and came out talking about how nonviolent offenders including nonviolent drug offenders should get much lighter punishment or rehab. I bet it was an issue that hadn’t occurred to her before.
      Personally, I am a Democrat, live in MA, near Boston/Cambridge. I know a LOT of Democrats who are far more liberal than I am in the stereotypical way: sanctuary for illegal immigrants, that sort of thing. I do not believe in that, and a lot of Ds I know don’t either. But the opinions run the gamut in one party.
      Boy, I can blather on. Sorry, lol.

      • Onyx XV says:

        You did blather a bit, lol, but that’s OK! Sounds like you and I are sort of in the same camp. Although I live in the south, I come from VT (which is now probably the most liberal state in the US, just guessing, not claiming) and I am a fairly liberal Dem, but like you I also don’t go to the extreme, extreme left. My very liberal folks even tease me and say I’m a closet Republican lol, so – like you said – opinions within one “party” do run the gamut. I also find it interesting to find out how people came to their beliefs and philosophies. Thankfully we are all entitled to our own in this country.

  24. Onyx XV says:

    Wow, I guess it is actually possible for a man to grow up. Seriously, who knew? Love him more than ever!

  25. Cathy says:

    Well, everybody is allowed their faults, and he could have worse faults than being a republican. I can’t watch those abused animal commercials either, they make me cry.

  26. hammer says:

    “We give each other the freedom to explore who and what we really are, which is great, because we’re always changing.”

    Is that so, Robert? And what have you been exploring lately? *wink wink*

  27. spinner says:

    For cryin out loud…you don’t like him for being a Republican? THIS is what is wrong with our country, our world & ourselves. How divisive & shallow.

  28. jc126 says:

    Adopting two kitties is just one more reason to love RDJ.

    Forgot to add in my earlier long-winded reply: don’t forget that RDJ’s sleazy dad gave his son drugs when RDJ was a child. Those differences of opinion RDJ has could also have to do with legalization of certain substances.

    Okay, so I just Googled it and it appears that some conservative sites are claiming him as one, but I haven’t seen a specific mention from him of whether he is actually Republican, and some speculation is that he’s more of a libertarian-type fiscal conservative, not the moralistic sort of Sarah Palin supporter type.

    I would like to know how his opinions have changed and on what, because I’m always curious to know that about people who undergo a radical shift of ideas. Like I said I have experienced a few myself, and it’s fascinating to see how other people view things.

  29. lrm says:

    he’s so eccentric, inherently. he’s interesting and quirky and slightly off center. i personally love characters who are still functional and not yelling at people on street corners.
    it makes life more interesting to have creative, brilliant, eccentric types like RDJ.
    I mean, he may not always make sense, and may not always be selling a ‘schtick’ ahem, PETA or whatever ‘package’ makes you decide youo ‘like’ this person b/c they ‘fit’ your acceptable range of identity genres in life….
    but dang, he is so interesting to listen to.
    these are the kinds of people i enjoy having in my life. they are very rare here in so cal, too.

    plenty of crazy, but also plenty of in the box, sterile matrix people with fake everything, and plenty of superficial coolness.

    have always loved RDJ, since the beginning of his career.
    i think he is getting overexposed A La Johnny Depp these days-hopefully he doesn’t trip it up like JD did.

    we’ll see.

    but yea, my 10 yr old son saw the SH2 trailer and said, afterwards, that “They should just say ‘now, in one damn sherlock holmes movie, all this and more’ [says it in deep movie announcer voice]. Pretty hilarious.

    We’ll probably still see the movie, but if a ten year old thinks it was over the top in the trailer alone-lol.

    yea. wish there was more cerebral Law and Downey in the mix. that’s where it’s at.

    we already have bourne and mission impossible and and and ad nauseum action flicks. can we get a thinking person’s movie hero, please????? Or least for the entertainment alternative-something more intellectual?

  30. Kim says:

    Love it! He should be new spokesperson for rescue animals. I respect that he admits he thought rescue animals were all tripod, abused animals with issues because i think thats what the majority of people think when it so isnt true. There are so many good, loving animals in shelters waiting for adoption.

  31. lrm says:

    and wow, you guys are questioning whether you’d ‘hit it’ b/c he’s a republican? i love that democrats think they are more enlightened than anyone else on the planet.

    like it’s a team sweatshirt you are wearing and it’s your whole existence as a being in this vast universe.

    that’s just….pathetic.

    Repub or dem-they come in all shapes and sizes, and belief ranges. republican is not ‘one specific belief’, you know…..

    i am really in awe of al the comments ‘i know he’s a republican, but still….’

    how….unevolved, yourself!!!!

    • jc126 says:

      Hope the irony of your comment slamming people for making stereotypical comments, while also spouting some yourself, isn’t lost on you.

      • Cerulean says:

        Yeah I caught that too. For some people political beliefs are an important part of attractiveness. I could never spend my life with a Tory, Republican or a conservative. Our belief systems are far too different and I am heavily involved in politics as is my family. Some people don’t like short men, blondes or whatever attributes so what’s wrong with political persuasions being included as well?

    • spinner says:

      GO IRM!! I’m totally with you on this one.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Hey lrm-I’m not questioning whether I’d hit it. I would DEFINITELY hit it. Yes, he’s a Republican but I wouldn’t hold it against him :)
      Why don’t you lighten up? It’s a post about kittens. Or maybe it’s the sad selection of Repub candidates that has gotten you down? One last thing-not everyone who doesn’t want to date a Republican automatically identifies themselves as a Democrat. Ever heard of “Independent”, Oh Enlightened One?

  32. Cerulean says:

    I have been involved in feline rescue for years and I am so happy that he adopted his kittens and loves them. I hope he inspires others to bring a cat into their lives. My hubs loves cats and it’s touching to see a man and a kitty. My hubs is well over 6 feet tall but becomes a pool of butter over our cats. Yes, we would kill for our babies too.

    I will forgive his conservative views…animal lover trumps everything…

    Those commercials rip me to pieces too. I can’t watch them without tearing up.

  33. Anastasia says:

    My husband is a cat lover, we have four rescues. Yay for guys who love cats!

  34. mssnarnd says:

    God – that boy makes me drool. He is so, so naughty . . . in a nice, nice way. Yum.

  35. Ana says:

    I am more of a dog person, but Yayyy! for anyone who adopts a rescued pet. My dogs came from a shelter and I believe that is why they are the most loving (to us at least) beings in the world!

  36. kee says:

    It bothers me that no one is bringing up this little quote:
    ‘I don’t want any rescue pets within 100 yards of either of my residences, I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’

    Wow, what a great attitude to project.

  37. only1shmoo says:

    1 hot, distinguished actor + adorable rescue kittens = head explosion! God, I miss having cats.

  38. janie says:

    AHH he just got even sexier…and I didn’t think that was possible. I took in a foster kitty and ended up falling in love with her, and she’s my baby now. I would look at his iPhone kitty pictures with him all day :)

  39. Stacia says:

    Body looks bigger than his head in the 1st pic **PHOTOSHOPPED***

    He looks good though.

  40. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    RDJ comes across as completely opposite to Tom Cruise and it would be interesting to see them in an interview together.

  41. Tazina says:

    We had a good mouse hunter mother cat on the farm. She tried to teach me to hunt. She led me to an empty building one day and we sat there together quietly, across from each other, waiting for that elusive mouse. Did she think I was her baby? Don’t tell me cats aren’t smart and loving, and amazing.

  42. Original Bee says:

    I absolutely love cats, and this makes me like RDJ even more! I also like the fact that he admitted he was worried about adopting an animal. But, now he realizes how wrong he was. Hopefully, this will encourage people who are afraid to adopt to do so. Men who love cats are sexy! Daniel Craig has never been more attractive to me then when he was interacting with a cat in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

  43. lindsay says:

    Can’t hang with folks of different political or religious beliefs? What, you need sycophants parroting your opinions back to you?

    My husband is agnostic bordering on atheistic, I’m Christian, conservative-libertarian. My FIL is a far left wing gay dude that I have the best polite arguments with. Keep your sameness, sounds very boring.

  44. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    I seriously never understood any love for him until I saw him in Iron Man and Sherlock and some other films very recently I fell totally in love with him. This only makes me love him more. Sigh. He’s hot. The movie was good too … the story did get lost a bit but I have to say I had so much fun watching everything I barely paid attention to the story.

  45. NIIIM says:

    Very talented actor, but he needs to drop the Sherlock franchises. Stupid movies IMHO, esp the 2nd one. May make some people rich but brings his reputation as a respected actor down. He should get involved with more interesting movies!

  46. skuddles says:

    Any guy who rescues kittens and says he’ll defend them with his life is A-OK in my books!!

  47. whatevs says:

    Good for him. I was feeling unwilling to look after any pets myself then my little stray cat found her way into our home and I would protect her with my life as well. I love her so much. Pets are the best.

  48. Eve says:

    Hmmm…I was starting to get really annoyed by his endless defense of Mel Gibson and now this: yes, he’s gained many of his “cool points” back (I’m a stone cold cat person).

  49. Leigh says:

    Republican or not.. He’s delicious.

  50. elaine says:

    As the “Mama” of an adopted, three legged Lhasa Apso, I’m disgusted by his “I don’t want any abused, tripod animals….” comment. I have, until this minuete, LOVED him, but now I’m having second thoughts. My “tripawed” dog has brought my nothing but happiness and love.

  51. Rowana says:

    In his defense, I think the “I don’t want any abused animals” quote is being misunderstood. I would have liked to have heard the way he said it and in context (and it’s not clear here if it IS in context). And Rob is a quirky talker whose mouth runs away with him sometimes, so it may not have been exactly what he meant. I took it to mean what many people (alas) say: that it’s too heart-rending to go to the pound or a shelter to see all the abandoned, abused animals, or it’s too much, too overwhelming to have one around, to take care of an abused or traumatized one. He tends to also be very self-deprecating and perhaps overstates things sometimes – as in “I was so bad in the past, and here’s how (mentions some awful thing), but now I’ve seen the light…” I think the takeaway from this is that in the case of animals, he HAS seen the light, and now he would kill for his kitties. So would I for mine. I totally get this. Love him even more madly for it.

  52. seaki says:

    As a gay man with a male “fur-baby” Mr Bruce, RDJ has just made me moist, swoon,giggle,and blush,……all at the same time!