Robert Downey Jr.graces the cover of the premiere issue of ‘GQ Style’ and in a candid interview opens up about his years of success. He also shares his thoughts about sobriety and speaks about his wife Susan Downey and how they keep their marriage flourishing.
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The 52-year-old Oscar-winning star has had years of success now with movies that have collectively grossed billions of dollars worldwide. Most notably, of course, his portrayal of the iconic Marvel superhero character Tony Stark – Iron Man in the Iron Man movies, dating back to 2008. Along the way, his character has made appearances in other Marvel Universe blockbusters including ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ currently and, in the recent past, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’
In the interview with ‘GQ Style’ he speaks about his many years in the business and the success he has attained.
Asked what his younger self might have thought about his ‘Iron Man’ character and the blockbuster success of the movies, he said, “Well, first of all, back then, the reference would have been Christopher Reeve. And Michael Keaton. Right? So I’d have been somewhere in the middle of either having a judgment on it or saying, All right, cool people are doing it.”
Continuing, he added, “But I know that I must have read those comics before, or they were in the atmosphere. So what I would have said was, “Ugh, really? That’s a second-tier superhero!”
It was a couple years ago that he walked out of an interview with UK Channel 4 which the interviewer, Krishnan Guru-Murthy he began asking him questions about his past during what was, ostensibly, to have been promo for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’
This time around, on his own terms now, with GQ, asking him to share his thoughts on “sobriety” and what was “cool” about it, Robert Downey Jr. said, “There’s nothing uncool about it. I think the bigger question is: Is life on life’s terms okay with you?”
He added, “Anything somebody could do to distract themselves from that reality… Sobriety’s even a stupid word for it. It’s reality. Or rather, having a realistic assessment of your limitations.”
He also opened up about his relationship with his wife, film producer Susan Downey. The couple has been married since 2005 and have two children together. Asked about therapy, he revealed that they are in couples therapy. Explaining it as “maintenance,” he said, “It’s like housekeeping. You know what I mean? And it’s so much better to have housekeeping come in, just changing the sheets a couple times a week.”
He added, “So I think half the job is communicating to the point where what you’re really doing is team-building and conflict resolution and all that stuff.”
And not least, he offered words of advice to young actors saying, “You must learn to put your nose to the grindstone for years and not look up, no matter how much rejection is heaped on you.”
There’s much more to the discussion as the Hollywood A lister answers a variety of questions and even opens up about his fashion choices over the years. A fascinating read for fans, and a must see. You can see the full interview here and see Robert Downey Jr.’s GQ cover and inside photos and behind-the-scenes below.