Robert Downey Jr. has been a movie star for 15 years by 1985. He appeared as a puppy at the age of five in his father's 1970 comedy "Pound" (via IMDb). He worked on a few more movies in the early 1980s after quitting high school before playing Ian in "Weird Science." Downey attained a new milestone because to Ian's unnerving peculiarity (see this video on YouTube). In 1985, he became a member of "Saturday Night Live's" cast.
When questioned off-camera about his SNL audition, Downey responded, "I made some extremely stupid decisions. I mimicked the Bodega runner by pulling my shirt over my head. I also did a British man who only wanted to tape your head with a piece of tape. It was quite strange." Although getting a position on the show was a significant chance for the young actor, it would only be valid for one year.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Robert Downey Jr. recently chuckled to Jimmy Fallon, another SNL alum, and remarked, "Arguably the worst season in its history." They also said that I was the worst cast member, but let's face it, there are many other contenders! Yes, Season 11 was difficult. Although it's entertaining to see the future Iron Man imitating children in scenes like "Book Review," the most of the sketches he appeared in were complete snoozers that weren't all that funny or memorable. Some couldn't even be broadcast, such as the terrible, now-famous "Suitcase Boy" sketch.
"I learnt so much about what I wasn't in that year," Downey said (via YouTube). He claimed that he was "unsuited for quick-witted sketch comedy... I'd never been in any improv group." Downey wasn't at home because his background was in cinema rather than stand-up or improv comedy, and it was obvious. Robert Downey Jr. was once ranked lower than the Muppets on Rolling Stone's list of all the SNL cast members. It wouldn't be quite fair, though, to assign Downey all responsibility for his termination.
The 1985–86 season received poor ratings and reviews, according to Screen Rant. Nearly all of the other cast members, including Robert Downey Jr., were let go. It took a lot of people working together to create a terrible season. Lorne Michaels, the creator of the programme, hired a cast of actors with little to no experience in serious comedy. Additionally, they were unskilled and youthful. Anthony Michael Hall was 17 years old, Downey was just 20. From "Weird Science" to Tony Stark's remarks and reactions in the Marvel movies, we are all aware of how humorous Downey can be. Although sketch humour was not his strong point, he might have survived a year or two of growing pains and succeeded at SNL with a better support system, including more seasoned comedians and writers around him.
Instead, he went back to acting in movies, and by the early 1990s, he had achieved success with "Chaplin," for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best actor, and "Natural Born Killers" by Oliver Stone (via IMDb). Before Downey donned the Iron Man suit in 2008, we saw fantastic films like "U.S. Marshals," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Zodiac," and others.