Less Than Zero is the 1987 film based loosely on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. Ellis wasn’t initially a fan of the film and felt that most of the characters had been miscast, although he did have positive things to say about Robert Downey Jr and James Spader’s performances.
Andrew McCarthy is Clay, a young man in his first year at college who recently found out his girlfriend has been cheating on him with drug addict and close friend Julian, played by Robert Downey Jr. When Clay comes home for Christmas his girlfriend Blair, Jami Gertz’s character, tries to act like nothing has happened. As the film progresses, Julian’s drug problem becomes worse the plot revolves around his life and how it’s spiralling out of control.
The film version was very different from the book mainly because of the strong anti drugs message that it demonstrates and also the fact that Clay’s character is quite different and a lot of the decisions he makes aren’t the same.
A sequel to Less Than Zero has been written by Ellis called Imperial Bedrooms. A film is currently being talked about and is due to be released at some point in 2012.
Movies sometimes portray things like drug addiction and addictions treatment in a way that differs from what they really are like in real life.
Less Than Zero Rating
A bit dark in parts but some excellent acting from a great cast and anyway, the Bangles’ brilliant version of Hazy Shade of Winter means it was always going to get a good review from me! Less Than Zero gets a Brat Pack rating of 8/10.
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Less Than Zero Trivia
$38 was the fee Brad Pitt got paid for his uncredited appearance.
Less Than Zero was the first movie where Robert Downey was credited as Robert Downey Jr.
Clay Easton was originally going to be played by Keanu Reeves.
Less Than Zero Links
Robert John Downey Jr. was born in Greenwich Village, New York City at 1.10 pm. He’s the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. His first part in a movie was in his father’s Pound, where 5-year-old Downey played a puppy. When he was 20 years old, he joined Saturday Night Live for one season. After that, he went to Hollywood.
In 1987, he got the leading role in director James Toback’s film The Pick-Up Artist, where he was up against Molly Ringwald. The same year, he played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie Less Than Zero. In 1992 he played Charlie Chaplin in Sir Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin (1992). For that astonishing performance, he received an Oscar nomination for best actor which he unfortunately did not win.
In the year 2000, he got to guest star in comedy series Ally McBeal, where he portrayed the attorney Larry Paul who became Ally’s love interest. For that performance he won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
Robert married Deborah Falconer in April 1992 but they have recently divorced (April 2004). He has had many well documented drug problems but has now been clean for the past few years and is back in some big Hollywood productions after a few years in the wilderness.
2008’s Iron Man was a huge hit with both moviegoers and critics. Downey Jr’s performance was nothing short of remarkable and he is already signed up to star in the sequel. Robert is also starring in the forthcoming Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes project.
It is a fact that drug rehabilitation centers have been instrumental in turning around the lives of countless drug addicts.
Robert Downey Jr Quotes
“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”
“With a terrible script you hustle and try to make it better. But with a good script it can be trouble because you rest on your laurels, so to speak, you think it’s going to translate easily.”
Robert Downey Jr Links
Downey Unlimited – Robert Downey Jr fan site.
Robert Downey Jr Music – Robert’s official music site.