Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Robert Downey Jr. for GQ US May 2013

Photographed by Peggy Sirota 

On being confident that he'll win the Oscar someday: “I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one. Because it just doesn't make sense. That's why I don't mind showing up and watching everybody else get them. 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, 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 his acting abilities: “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 what he avoids doing as an actor:  "Tons. I don't like opening doors and looking surprised. I can do all that emo stuff, but I'm so over everyone who has to have a meltdown— everybody is emotional all the time. In movies people seem to be more emotional than they would ever be if that situation was actually happening to them."

On knowing what will and won’t work: “I’m very good at deconstructing. I’m a very good troubleshooter for why something is unlikely to work. And most everything is unlikely to work.”

Photos @ GQ/Peggy Sirota. For more head over to GQ

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