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October 6, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. visits Northwestern Law

by Dan Rodriguez

UPDATE:  Great coverage from ABC News on the visit.

Robert Downey Jr. is in Chicago today promoting his new film, The Judge, which opens this weekend. He stopped by the Law School to discuss the movie with our students.

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Third-year student Leesa Haspel and I moderated the Q & A. Because the character Robert plays in the film is a Northwestern Law graduate, Leesa kicked it off by asking how he prepared to play a lawyer. His response? “Well, first of all, I tried to get on the other side of the bench.” The discussion that followed was by turns thoughtful and irreverent, ranging in subject from the production of The Judge, to the actor’s craft, to what makes a great lawyer.

The Q & A was videorecorded, and I invite you to watch it here.

It was great having Robert here – I now count him among our alumni, even if he only played one on the silver screen.

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