September 28, 2023

Robert Downey Jr. Votes ‘Oppenheimer’ ‘Best Movie I’ve Ever Been In’

“I’m just going to say it outright,” the Marvel star said before making the confession at the film’s London premiere

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Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of ‘Oppenheimer’ in London on July 13.

Marvel fans, cover your ears!

According to Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer is the best film he has acted in.

At the London premiere of the Christopher Nolan-directed historical drama on Thursday, the Iron Man star, 58, revealed that the film is his best career for him, according to one video divided by deadline on Twitter.

Related: ‘Oppenheimer’ Cast Left UK Premiere Before SAG Strike: “Off to Write Their Picket Signs”

“I’m just going to say it flat out: this is the best movie I’ve ever been in,” he said in the video, a statement that was met with cheers from the premiere audience at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square. “I can’t wait for you all to experience it.”

Downey — who plays Lewis Strauss, the primary antagonist of titular physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) — goes on to say that “no matter what your expectations are,” the Dark Age play goes on, which follows the attempt to create a . to make an atomic bomb during World War II ‘exceeds that’.

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Robert Downey Jr. stars as Lewis Strauss in ‘Oppenheimer’.

Related: ‘Oppenheimer’: Meet the Star-Studded Cast of Christopher Nolan’s Atomic Bomb Epic (Exclusive Photo)

“This is what a summer blockbuster was when I was growing up,” he continued. “It just changed your life. But again, you know, that’s why Chris Nolan is who he is.

Downey’s interview came just before he and his castmates left the premiere in solidarity with the Hollywood actors’ strike.

When he and his Oppenheimer costars including Murphy, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett and Emily Blunt left the theater after walking the red carpet, Nolan, 52, addressed their sudden absence in connection with SAG-AFTRA’s then-impending attack against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

Related: Robert Downey Jr. reflects on poorly reviewed ‘Dolittle’ film: ‘I Had Some Reservations’

“We have to admit, you’ve seen them on the red carpet here before,” said the director, captivated by another deadline-shared video. “Unfortunately, they are on their way to writing their picket boards for what we believe is an imminent strike from SAG.”

He continued: “Join one of my guilds, the Writers Guild, in the fight for fair wages for working members of their union, and we support them.”

Before her departure, Blunt, 40, who plays Oppenheimer’s wife, Kitty, told Deadline: “When they call [a strike], we leave together as a cast in unity with everyone. We will have to.”

Related: Robert Downey Jr. hangs out with ‘Oppenheimer’ Cast in NYC – Includes a John Krasinski ‘Photobomb’

“But right now it’s the joy of being together,” said de A quiet place star added.

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In a new interview with The New York Times magazineDowney opened up about his journey as an actor after theIron Manwhich started with Dolittle – a movie that flopped hard after its release in 2020.

“I terminated the Marvel contract and then rushed into what had the promise of being another big, fun, well-executed potential franchise in Dolittle‘ he told the magazine. “I had some reservations. Me and my team seemed a little too excited about the deal and not quite excited enough about the merits of the execution.”

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Robert Downey Jr. starred in the 2020 movie ‘Dolittle’.

Related: ‘Oppenheimer’ cast squeezes London premiere red carpet as potential actors strike

“But at that point I was bulletproof,” he explained. “I was the guru of all genre films.”

Fortunately, Downey told the outlet, his post-Marvel career eventually led him to it Oppenheimer. “Then old Chris Nolan called, and when he saw the spartan, almost monastic way he approaches this art form, it was like going to the other side of the moon,” he said.

Oppenheimer will premiere in U.S. theaters on July 21.

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