Robert Downey Jr. is just as happy as the rest of us to leave 2020 behind and literally jump into 2021 to Van Halen’s music. On Instagram, RDJ posted a video of herself in a golfer’s hat and all-white outfit, jumping and dancing in a small pool of very dirty water. All the while, the Van Halen song “Jump” plays while RDJ moves to the beat of the song. No other context has been given here, but the video result of what is happening here is very entertaining.
“Who else is ready to jump into 2021? Here is the New Year …”, RDJ writes in the caption.
Downey’s video also serves as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, one of the many beloved celebrities we lost in 2020. The legendary guitarist died in October after a stroke, after a battle against throat and lung cancer. Several of his contemporaries honored him at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, such as Jack White, G. E. Smith and Charlie Benante. That week’s episode of Saturday Night Live also paid tribute through a 1987 clip of Van Halen performing with Smith for a show hosted by then-wife Valerie Bertinelli.
All in all, 2020 was going to be a terrible year, but Downey’s fans who enjoyed him as Tony Stark in the MCU now have plenty to look forward to. Tons of new Marvel projects were officially announced last month, introducing several new superhero characters and bringing back a variety of fan favorites. This includes Iron Man in Black Widow, which will be released this year. In addition, RDJ will voice Tony Stark in the animated series What if…? on Disney +. After Avengers: EndgameRDJ has said he’s “done” playing Tony Stark, but you really never know what could happen with the multiverse expansion in the MCU.
As for what else is to come for RDJ, the actor will also appear in the sports comedy All-Star Weekend. Directed by Jamie Foxx, the film stars Foxx in multiple roles, including playing a “white, racist cop.” Speaking of the movie The Joe Rogan ExperienceFoxx said Downey was cast “to play a Mexican” in the film, but no other details about his character have been revealed. It’s an interesting role for RDJ to take on after controversy over his role in tropical thunder, but given the nature of the film and Foxx’s many roles, it wouldn’t look out of place.
Also on his Instagram account, RDJ recently paid tribute to his late friend and fellow Marvel legend Stan Lee. On what would have been Lee’s 98th birthday, RDJ posted a photo of himself next to the iconic creator of the set from Captain America: Civil War. In just a few days, the post had garnered more than 3.5 million fan likes, showing how many Marvel fans around the world keep missing Lee. The “Jump” video was by Robert Downey Jr. posted on Instagram.