Robert Downey Jr. made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show this week, talking with the SiriusXM host about a variety of topics. They discussed Martin Scorsese's recent comments about the MCU, along with the fact that Downey declined to lobby for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Avengers: Endgame. But perhaps the most shocking revelation of the whole interview came right up front, when RDJ admitted to Howard that he came close to a phsyical ercation in the green room moments before he was set to come on air.
So what happened? And who wanted to fight national treasure Robert Downey Jr.? The story is humorous, and shows the restraint Downey has in this later half of his long career. RDJ explained to Howard Stern that he'd experienced a rather awkward encounter in the show's green room with an unnamed Hollywood executive.
Moments before sitting down for his interview, Downey and his team were watching the show from a set of monitors. The industry executive came into the room, belittling the Oscar nominated actor for standing in front of the Sirius XM monitors. Robert Downey Jr. explains exactly what happened.
"I was just standing out there ... standing in front of the TV screen when this little nebbish bigwig says, 'Out of the way,'."
Robert Downey Jr. went onto explain to this Hollywood executive that he and his small group were just watching the show to get warmed up before having to go on air. The executive wasn't having it though, looking RDJ up and down before asking, "Who the f-k are you?"
Robert Downey Jr. went onto tell Howard Stern that he immediately considered getting physical with the guy, saying he was, "going to have to light this guy up." But cooler heads prevailed, and he decided to just brush off the encounter. He blamed the guy's attitude on his 'bigwig ego'. He went onto say that executives of a 'certain status' in Hollywood "are the master of their environment." He's been in the business long enough to know that these type of guys take issue when they can't control any given situation or the individuals involved within it.
As previously reported, Robert Downey Jr. then went onto talk about his role as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even countered some thoughts Martin Scorsese shared rather recently on the state of comic book and superhero movies. The legendary filmmaker doesn't consider them 'cinema'. While Downey welcomes Scorsese's thoughts and ideas on the matter, he doesn't necessarily agree with them. He compared Martin Scorsese's comments to claiming that Howard Stern wasn't 'radio', to nudge at how misinformed Scorsese's controversial statement may actually be.
Robert Downey Jr. took the high road though, glad that Scorsese shared his opinion. 'I appreciate his opinion because I think it's like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on." You can watch the video from the Stern show featuring some of RDJ's thoughts on the matter direct from The Howard Stern Show.
Disney launched its 2019 For Your Consideration website at the start of October and confirmed it would be campaigning its record-breaking “Avengers: Endgame” in Oscar categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, and more. The “Endgame” FYC page upset thousands of Marvel movie fans for not featuring an acting bid for Robert Downey Jr., but it turns out the actor has no interest in an awards campaign for his final outing as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Downey Jr. appeared on the October 7 edition of Howard Stern’s Sirius XM talk show, where the radio host expressed frustration with Oscar voters for not taking a superhero movie role like Downey Jr.’s seriously. “Because it’s a superhero movie they turn [up] their nose at it,” Stern said. “The performance is excellent. It’s a totally believable character.”
“I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about [an Oscar campaign],” Downey Jr. added, “And I said, ‘Let’s not.'”
Whether or not Downey Jr. removed himself from the running or not remains to be seen, but it’s clear the actor has no interest in an Oscar campaign. Downey Jr.’s reveal will come as sad news to his “Iron Man” director and Marvel co-star Jon Favreau, who has been advocating for a Downey Jr. Oscar nomination since the release of “Avengers: Endgame” in April.
“He has my vote for sure,” Favreau told Variety. “I think he was able to discover and explore dimensions of the character over the course of many, many films, which is a bit of its own category. But I have to say that if you look at, especially how it began and how it ended in his performances between the first one and 'Endgame,' there was a really thoughtful arc to the character, both in his performance and how all the filmmakers contributed to that character.”
While superhero movies broke through in a big way at the Oscars earlier this year with “Black Panther,” they still have struggled when it comes to acting nominations. Michael B. Jordan’s performance in “Black Panther” had strong Oscar buzz for awhile but it did not result in a nomination. In a year where Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” performance is battling it out for a Best Actor nomination, would voters also go for Downey Jr.? Are the Oscars accepting enough for two comic book performances to make the cut? The only answer we know for sure is that Downey Jr. simply doesn’t care.
Marvel is making a major awards season push for Avengers: Endgame in nearly every major category this year. That's why it came as a surprise to many that Disney and Marvel Studios aren't campaigning to get Robert Downey Jr. a Best Actor nomination for his work as Tony Stark/Iron Man. As it turns out, Downey simply declined to campaign for an Oscar.
The reveal came during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show. At one point, the discussion turned to Martin Scorsese's recent comments regarding Marvel movies, suggesting they're theme park rides and not cinema. Stern said he feels many in the industry, including Scorsese, simply don't like those movies, which may be why Robert Downey Jr. was never nominated for his work as Iron Man in the MCU. Robert Downey Jr. had this to say in response.
"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, and I said 'let's not' and because I'm much more like you than you might really want to believe. I listen to the show and I agree with most all of your opinions, varied though they may be. Occasionally, you'll go on some tributary trail of thought [and] I'll go like, 'Oh that's not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way.'"
For as many in Hollywood that may feel Marvel movies aren't awards-worthy cinema, there are countless others who feel Avengers: Endgame, and specifically Robert Downey Jr.'s performance in the movie, much like Captain America when it comes to wielding Thor's hammer, is truly worthy. Certain fans even started an online campaign to get Downey the Oscar nomination. Downey, speaking further, explained that he simply never expected the MCU to get to become what it did.
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I'll tell you the truth. I didn't expect [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] to become what it became, and it is this very large, multi-headed Hydra at this point."
In all likelihood, Avengers: Endgame will likely land at least a few nominations and could easily score a Best Picture nod at the Oscars. It's now the highest-grossing movie of all time and was embraced by critics and audiences alike. And let's not forget, James Cameron's Avatar, similarly, was a massive, sci-fi blockbuster that, at the time, became the biggest movie ever, and found its way to a stack of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Plus, Black Panther broke the Oscars curse for Marvel last year.
To that same point, let's not forget that Robert Downey Jr. was previously nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Tropic Thunder. If Downey can earn a nomination for Kirk Lazarus, surely he can earn one for Tony Stark? But Downey simply seems content to move on from the MCU at this point altogether. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has come under fire recently for his negative comments about Marvel movies, and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. has offered his response. Despite his status as one of history's most notable filmmakers, Scorsese had made Marvel fans irate when he boldly claimed he didn't watch the movies as they are "not cinema."
Speaking with Howard Stern, Downey has since responded to the comments, and while he clearly doesn't agree with Martin Scorsese, he takes the diplomatic approach and says he appreciates the difference of opinion. Here's what Downey had to say on Stern's radio show about Marvel and their place in cinematic history.
"It's his opinion. I mean, well, it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion, because it's like anything, we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on."
Feeling Downey is being too kind, Howard Stern presses him on the issue. From his view, Stern feels a movie like Iron Man definitely is cinema. Downey agrees with that notion, using Stern's status as a radio show host to demonstrate how nonsensical the statement seems to be.
"It would be like saying Howard Stern isn't radio. It makes no sense to say it."
Downey goes on to explain how phenomenal the rise of Marvel movies has been in Hollywood, rising to tremendous s by surpassing the competition in a "demonstrative" way. While the actor isn't convinced Scorsese is genuinely upset about the success of the Marvel movies, Stern doesn't agree, theorizing the director is unhappy with the way superhero movies have changed cinema after getting used to movies being a certain way for so many years. Still, Downey reiterates how much he appreciates Scorsese's different point of view on the Marvel movies, even if he doesn't necessarily agree.
The interesting conversation on Stern's show led to another revelation from Downey. After praising Downey's performance as Tony Stark, noting how his performance is excellent. Stern asks if Downey has ever been nominated for an Academy Award for the role, to which Downey confirms he hasn't. However, the actor says "there was some talk about it," referring to a campaign to get him an Oscar nomination, but his response to the suggestion was simply, "Let's not." Whether he officially gets a Best Actor nod at the event or not, most anyone who's seen Avengers: Endgame will know that he deserves it.
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Downey isn't the only Marvel name to respond to Scorsese's controversial Marvel comments. Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn said he was "saddened" to see the legendary director judge his movies without even watching them. "I'm not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them," the filmmaker wrote in a follow-up tweet. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse director Peter Ramsey also stepped in to call for peace by tweeting, "Martin Scorsese is a god. Marvel movies are fun and good. Chill."
Scorsese remains one of Hollywood's all-time biggest names, but he's definitely not popular with those in the Marvel community right now. For what it's worth, it seems most people don't agree with him. In any case, we can see Scorsese's vision of what cinema is when The Irishman hits Netflix on Nov. 27. You can watch the clip of Downey's response to Scorsese below, courtesy of The Howard Stern Show on YouTube.
Recently, Disney revealed their For Your Consideration page for Avengers: Endgame, and there was a curious omission from the list of potential nominees: Robert Downey Jr. While Endgame has a huge cast, Downey Jr. is the lead, and on top of that, this was his swan song as Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man. As it turns out, this wasn’t simply a goof or some sort of sign of bad blood between Disney and Downey Jr. In a new interview, the actor revealed he personally declined to campaign for an Oscar. Downey Jr. also weighed-in on Martin Scorsese‘s recent comments on superhero films.
Does Robert Downey Jr. deserve an Oscar for his work in Avengers: Endgame? It’s debatable. The actor does get to go out with a big emotional scene, and one might even argue that he earned the award after playing the same role for a decade. But whether or not Downey Jr. deserves the award, it was still surprising when we learned that Disney wasn’t including him on their For Your Consideration list for Endgame. Big studios almost always campaign their films and the stars of their films, because they figure they have nothing to lose.
So why wasn’t Downey Jr. included? We have the answer, and it’s pretty simple: he didn’t feel like it. “I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, and I said ‘let’s not’,” the actor said while appearing on The Howard Stern Show. “I’ll tell you the truth. I didn’t expect [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] to become what it became, and it is this very large, multiheaded Hydra at this point.”
Downey Jr.’s position is admirable. Oscar campaigns are similar to political campaigns – actors usually have to do a lot of hand-shaking and attend a laundry list of events to even be seriously considered by the Academy. Downey Jr. is clearly fine with avoiding all of that, and who can blame him? He’s content to just sit back and count his money.
During the course of the Stern interview, Downey Jr. was asked about Martin Scorsese’s recent comments on superhero movies. In case you need a refresher, here’s what Scorsese said:
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Those comments didn’t go over so well with superhero movie fans, but Downey Jr.’s reaction was pretty diplomatic. “It’s his opinion,” the actor said. “I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to the center and move on.”
Downey Jr. then summed things up:
“In his view — and by the way, there’s a lot to be said for how these genre movies, and I was m happy to be part of the problem if there is one — denigrated the art form of cinema. When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”
The Irishman‘s impending arrival on Netflix and in theaters is finally making Robert De Niro and Al Pacino proud to be in a movie together again, but legendary director Martin Scorsese’s recent comments on Marvel Studios movies are pulling a bit of focus. That might be an overstatement, but Scorsese’s comments are certainly inspiring some lively discourse. To quickly recap, Scorsese declared that these superhero movies are “not cinema” and are “like theme parks.” James Gunn, who’s now directing for both Disney/Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC, declared himself to be “saddened” by the remarks while Samuel L. Jackson is “okay” with Scorsese’s fighting words because “everybody’s got an opinion.” Naturally, Howard Stern and Robert Downey Jr. couldn’t resist digging in on the subject together.
In typical Stern fashion on his Monday radio show, the former shock jock felt pretty passionate on the subject. Downey Jr., on the other hand, projected a wry air. He first communicated that he never really wanted to push for an Oscar and he’s not part of the upcoming Disney campaign while playing Tony Stark. Then while admitting his surprise on the enormity of the MCU, he dropped some initial Scorsese remarks:
“I’ll tell you the truth. I didn’t expect it [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] to become what it became and it is this very large, multi-headed Hydra at this point. I’ve always had other interests and according to Scorsese, it’s not cinema so I have to take a look at that, you know?
“It’s his opinion. I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.”
However, even though Downey Jr. can “appreciate” that Scorsese has an opinion, he still stated that “it makes no sense” to say that comic book movies aren’t part of cinema. To the Sherlock Holmes actor, this is “like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio.” Well, Stern pressed harder while wondering if Scorsese is envious of the MCU’s unyielding profitability even with characters like Ant-Man, which Stern didn’t mention, but seriously, no one would have imagined Scott Lang carrying films a decade ago, and that’s where Downey Jr. added some more insight. He doesn’t think Scorsese’s jealous, but he says that if the MCU is a problem, then it’s a good problem for cinema to have:
“Of course not, he’s Martin Scorsese. By the way, there’s a lot to be said about how these genre movies - and I was happy to be a part of the ‘problem,’ if there is one - denigrated the art form of cinema. When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”