According to Robert Downey Jr., he loves his job so much as an actor, that he could really care less about winning awards for it. In fact, he says that winning an Oscar is the last thing on his mind. The “Iron Man 3” actor opens up to GQ Magazine this month, where he also talks about his success and how he sees himself as a regular guy. Here are some highlights:
Robert Downey Jr. on his acting abilities and that of the current generation of actors: “I’m probably one of the best. …But it’s not that big a deal. It’s not like this is the greatest swath or generation of actors that has ever come down the pike.”
On his being a regular guy: “Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I’m just another schmuck that they’re bored of hanging out with on a set. I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.”
On the inevitability of his winning an Oscar: “I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one. …Because I’m young enough, and I’m running down being occupied with these kind of genre movies, close enough. Even the next thing we’re doing with [my wife], I’m so confident about it. It’s the best script the studio has; it’s the best thing I’ve read in years. You know, honestly, my real answer to that is: I don’t care. I used to think I cared, and I couldn’t care less. Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t get a little choked up, but it is amazing to see how people are literally hyperventilating when they get up there, because they have such an attachment to this outcome. I mean, it’s not like we’re at the f–king Olympics or something. …Look, even if I don’t get one directly, eventually they’re just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I’m getting one.”
On the success of Iron Man and The Avengers: Downey has taken pride in being deeply involved in every stage of the solo Iron Man movies, but for The Avengers he fitted into Joss Whedon’s wider vision. “I really just showed up, hit my marks,” he says. “Joss would write some lines or I would come up with a line. It was very easy—it was so easy I didn’t see how it could work.”
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