Last night at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards, all jokes turned towards the inappropriate, with host Ricky Gervais setting the tone. Robert Downey Jr.’s speech as presenter was one of the strongest moments of the night.
While Gervais came under serious fire for some of the jokes he included in his speeches, Downey’s was received with hysterical laughter, mainly because it proves, once more, that he never takes himself too seriously.
Gervais introduced Downey, enumerating some of his best-known movies and joking that it could very well be that he was best known for his stints in rehab.
“But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail,” Gervais said.
Never the one to take offense that easily, Robert did not miss the chance to fire back at the British comedian, saying the awards ceremony was going wonderfully, except for the times when Gervais was actually on stage.
“Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?” Downey asked.
Then, when handing the award to the winner in the Best Actress in Comedy or Musical category, the star did not miss the opportunity to present his theory (and study) about how female actresses do their best job after they have slept with him.
“I consider myself a veteran of sorts. And I’ve made somewhat a study of this,” the actor began by saying. He then proceeded to present his unique – and well documented, he argued – theory.
“I don’t know if an actress can do her best work, until I’ve slept with her, Julianne,” he said, meaning Julianne Moore, nominated for “The Kids Are All Right.”
“Told her that I was working with strange new feelings that were confusing me, Angie [Angelina Jolie], only to have her blow me off half way through the shoot like it never happened, Annette [Bening],” he added.
He then agreed that the nominees this year might be the exception that broke the rule, since they all put on great performances without bedding him.
“If I could, I’d give it to all five of you. At once,” Downey added, meaning the award. Still, his smile suggested “it” could also mean something else.