Sometimes you’ll hear a celebrity say they’re going to win an Oscar one day and you’ll laugh because the chances of that actually happening are — well, it’s just not going to happen.
But then you hear it from a guy like Robert Downey Jr. and the whole thing actually makes a bit of sense.
The Iron Man 3 star rationalized his prediction in an honest, if slightly cocky, cover story forGQ, telling the mag he’d be “shocked” if he didn’t have “at least one” Oscar by the time his career was all said and done.
“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 said.
If his prediction comes true, though, it won’t mean all that much to him:
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.
Other choice quotes from the interview: He says he’s the one of the best working actors in the business today.
“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.”
And those rumors about him making $50 million off of The Avengers? Yep — they were true.
“Isn’t that crazy? They’re so pissed. I can’t believe it. I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.'”