DiscoverOff Camera with Sam JonesEp 5. Robert Downey Jr - 1
Ep 5.  Robert Downey Jr - 1

Ep 5. Robert Downey Jr - 1

Update: 2020-12-24
Share

Description

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure.’” -H.L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken and Robert Downey Jr. did not cross paths in life (though it’s fun to imagine that conversation), but the essayist’s quote is an apt description of the actor’s approach to life. Downey’s restless intelligence is reflected in his ability to express several contradictory points of view simultaneously, making sense all the while. He can be direct one moment and elusive the next, often spinning off on seemingly unrelated tangents. But like watching a juggler on a wire, being in Downey’s presence is a riveting experience.

For someone who almost from the outset was deemed “the greatest actor of his generation”, the majority of Robert Downey, Jr.’s career has been filled with big commercial flops, “critically acclaimed” flops, very public struggles with drugs and more than a little jail time – all of which have landed him squarely in some of the biggest blockbuster films in recent history. It’s an unlikely hero story, but then Robert Downey Jr. is an unlikely hero.

With the release of the final film in the Iron Man trilogy, it’s ironic to contemplate that the studios also didn’t see him as a hero, least of all an action hero. Downey disagreed. At once supremely convinced of his own talent and extremely humble, he fought hard for the role of Tony Stark when the studio flatly refused to even let him audition. He prepped intensely, though for other roles he admits he’s just as likely to wing it.

Downey is an enviably comfortable resident of the gray area we all inhabit. He is (somewhat) remorseful about his jail time but without resentment towards the upbringing that arguably introduced him to the lifestyle that led him there (“I choose to see it in a positive light.”) His years in the industry have left him clear-eyed and cynical about the business; yet he remains full of enthusiasm and curiosity about his art, and he’s deadly serious about bringing the best of himself to the set every day. He’s an obsessive analytic who’s inclined to let his gut make most of his decisions. On any multiple-choice personality test, Robert Downey Jr. is ‘all of the above.’ Maybe that’s what keeps us watching.
Comments 
In Channel
Ep 52.5.  Sam Jones 1

Ep 52.5. Sam Jones 1

2020-12-3101:03:07

Ep 5.  Robert Downey Jr - 1

Ep 5. Robert Downey Jr - 1

2020-12-2401:14:38

Ep 133.  Danai Gurira

Ep 133. Danai Gurira

2020-12-1701:05:27

Ep 7.  Dave Grohl

Ep 7. Dave Grohl

2020-12-1001:01:21

Ep 156.  Awkwafina

Ep 156. Awkwafina

2020-12-0301:03:25

Ep 140.  John Goodman

Ep 140. John Goodman

2020-11-2601:00:37

Ep 50.  Aubrey Plaza

Ep 50. Aubrey Plaza

2020-11-1901:04:51

Ep 134.  Common

Ep 134. Common

2020-11-1259:39

Ep 25.  Jessica Chastain

Ep 25. Jessica Chastain

2020-11-0501:01:14

Ep 46.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Ep 46. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

2020-10-2901:01:22

Ep 72.  Mindy Kaling

Ep 72. Mindy Kaling

2020-10-2259:01

Ep 96.  Courteney Cox

Ep 96. Courteney Cox

2020-10-1558:02

Ep 168.  Matt Damon 2

Ep 168. Matt Damon 2

2020-10-0801:05:54

Ep 89.  David Oyelowo

Ep 89. David Oyelowo

2020-09-2401:21:06

Ep 138.  Bill Hader

Ep 138. Bill Hader

2020-09-1759:50

Ep 160.  Elizabeth Olsen

Ep 160. Elizabeth Olsen

2020-09-1001:01:57

Ep 76.  Mark Duplass

Ep 76. Mark Duplass

2020-09-0301:01:49

Ep 127.  Octavia Spencer

Ep 127. Octavia Spencer

2020-08-2701:03:15

Ep 167.  Rosamund Pike

Ep 167. Rosamund Pike

2020-08-1355:08

loading
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store
00:00
00:00
x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

Sleep Timer

Off

End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Ep 5.  Robert Downey Jr - 1

Ep 5. Robert Downey Jr - 1

offcamera