Watch Robert Downey Jr.’s Kids Shave His Head For His New Project

Robert Downey Jr. let his kids shave him bald for his upcoming return to the small screen on HBO's new spy thriller series, The Sympathizer.

By Erika Hanson | Published

Robert Downey Jr. took to Instagram to share a rare look into his home life that included the superstar going bald. The video he shared begins with the Iron Man star walking into the room where his kids are carving pumpkins, asking them if they are aware of the new project he will soon start working on, which as we know is the upcoming HBO espionage thriller, The Sympathizer. From here, the 57-year-old reveals that he wants his children to shave him bald for the project so that he doesn’t have to wear a cap the entire time.

Fittingly, the actor’s young children seem to be having the time of their lives as they get to play barber for their dad. He shares his son Exton, 10, and Avri, 7 with his wife of 17 years, Susan Downey. It’s nice to see that Robert Downey Jr. knows how to have fun with his little ones much like Tony Stark did with his daughter, Morgan Stark, in Avengers: End Game.

Hairless Robert Downey Jr. is prepping for his upcoming return to the small screen. Back in July, Deadline broke the shocking news, announcing that the actor was set to star in an HBO series from the popular A24 studios. Titled The Sympathizer, the drama series is an adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s award-winning novel of the same name. 

The book told the story of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the Vietnam War. Most other details remain under wraps, including when we can expect the series to premiere, any other names attached to the lineup, and other plot details. However, what is known is that Robert Downey Jr. is being paid a large sum for his part, set to take home a whopping $2 million per episode.

Fans are ecstatic to see the Sherlock Holmes actor back on television, a place he hasn’t made home in quite some time. The actor had his first stint on television when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1985. He only appeared on the show for one season, but he went on to find success in 2000 with Ally McBeal

Robert Downey Jr. in Ally McBeal

On that hit series, Robert Downey Jr. played the titular character’s love interest and remained a regular on the show appearing in at least 21 episodes. His character was well-received and he was nominated for a plethora of awards, taking home a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. However, his time on the show simultaneously ran concurrently with his period of serious substance abuse, and he views his work on Ally McBeal as dismal and overrated.

Of course, much of Robert Downey Jr’s resurgence is due to Marvel and his casting as Iron Man, which many would argue led the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the immense success they boast today. For now, the actor has no plans to return to that role. However, if Henry Cavill has proved anything, it’s that anything is possible.

We expect Robert Downey Jr’s return to the small screen to be a big hit. Not much about The Sympathizer is known as of now. But if Downey is taking to social media to promote the new series, more news is hopefully soon on its way.