Robert Downey Jr. is known for his chameleonic ability to disappear into a wide range of roles. His latest project, the upcoming HBO series "The Sympathizer," seems to be pushing that talent to new heights. Photos from the set show the actor undergoing several transformations, from a bald head to a striking hairstyle, as well as shedding pounds for the role.
A Completely Bald Look for the Series
On Friday, photos emerged of Robert Downey Jr. on the set of "The Sympathizer" with his head completely shaved. He was seen wearing a black zip-up hoodie, blue sweatpants, and a white T-shirt, looking completely different from his usual appearance.
The photos were taken while the cast and crew took a break from filming to have lunch on set.
Multiple Roles, Multiple Looks
It appears that this bald look wasn't the only makeover Downey had while filming the new series.
He could also be seen walking around the set shirtless, but this time with a striking hairstyle - medium-length black hair. He seemed to have lost quite a bit of weight as his shirtless photos showed off his toned muscles. He was previously spotted wearing a red wig, and this release attracted considerable attention as he appeared quite unrecognizable.
The reason for Downey's constantly changing appearance in set photos is because he's reportedly playing several supporting roles in the HBO drama. The action of the series takes place in 1975, after the Vietnam War, and tells about a French-Vietnamese spy, who lives in a shelter for refugees in Los Angeles.
He is played by Hoa Xuande. Downey Jr. is the villain and plays multiple supporting roles, each representing an "extended arm of the American establishment." The film also stars Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Vy Le, Alan Trong and Sandra Oh.
Downey Jr.' s dedication to his craft is evident in the transformation he has undergone for this series. Fans are eagerly waiting to see how he will bring these multiple roles to life and what other surprises he has in store in "The Sympathizer."