Friday, May 24, 2024

Robert Downey Jr. On Oscars: “No Matter How You Slice it, I’m Getting One”


Robert Downey, Jr. is promoting “Iron Man 3″ and giving interviews with good quotes. In GQ, he got a little expansive. Downey told the magazine he knows he’s one of the best actors around and that he fully expects to get an Oscar. (Actually, he’s right.) Downey says: “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.”

He continues: “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 fucking 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.”

Downey has been nominated for Oscars twice– Best Actor for “Chaplin” and Supporting Actor for “Tropic Thunder.” He’s really a success story considering his “bad patch” of doing lots of drugs and actually spending time in prison. By the way, he concedes his “Iron Man” contract for the three movies is worth around $50 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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