Robert Downey, Jr. Drops A Truth Bomb: Why He Won’t Do Low-Budget Indie Movies

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It’s pretty clear by now that Robert Downey, Jr. has had just about enough of the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour, and going by his latest interview with Entertainment Weekly, it looks like he just ran out of his last few f*cks to give. When asked about whether or not he’ll turn to some film projects with smaller budgets now that his time as Tony Stark is ending, he delivered a “no” so brutally honest that it stings, especially to aspiring filmmakers.

“Because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like, ‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew — can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we’re doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?’”

“I thought it’s mediocre.”

“Yeah, isn’t it the greatest?! Man, everyone’s an artist here.”

“Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame.”

Boom. You’re done. Sit down, Francis Ford Crappola. Downey isn’t having it. He’s been around this block, as well as myriad other ones. He’s been up the mountain and down to the depths of hell, and he’s not showing up to your freak show to be your sugar daddy. He’d also probably like to get some sleep and chill with the fam in between donning the Iron Man suit for the Marvel money printing machine.

So, if you want someone authentic with dark eyes and a troubled soul to take a pay cut and buy pizza for everyone, talk to Joaquin Phoenix. Actually, don’t bother. You’ll never understand that guy. Find some schhmuck NYU Tisch grad who will work for free. Tell him he got a part that Robert Downey, Jr. turned down. He won’t just work for free, he’ll get on his knees and thank you with his mouth. And you’ll love it. But Downey is outy.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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