“It’s easy to forget he’s one of the greatest”: Christopher Nolan Claims Robert Downey Jr. is Bigger Than His Iron Man Legacy, One of the Last True Hollywood Stars

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Be it playing one of the greatest and coolest characters ever in superhero movie history like Tony Stark, or be it playing the role of one of the oldest and most iconic actors like Charlie Chaplin- Robert Downey Jr. could be handed any role and he would give it a very good run. And now, he’s cast into a project touching upon one of the most regretful creations of mankind.


Robert Downey Jr. is part of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming biographical movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer, and he gets to play one of the most influential figures in nuclear weapons development, Lewis Strauss. Nolan is especially happy in having cast him for the movie, here’s what he said about the actor.

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Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr Is Held In High Regards By Christopher Nolan.

At a time when the stars of a decade as iconic as the 1990s are slowly being canceled one by one- such as Leonardo Di Caprio’s eerie preference for women below the age of 25, or the many accusations that have been hurled against Johnny Depp from Amber Heard- Robert Downey Jr. has held up pretty well in that regard.

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Robert Downey Jr.

Even career-wise, the Tropic Thunder star had one of the most iconic roles as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for over a decade. Being cast into a movie directed by a living great like Christopher Nolan is only a testament to how good Downey Jr. is at the art of acting.

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Even Nolan himself would agree, as he calls The Avengers star one of the greatest actors of all time. During an interview with Total Film, the 52-year-old director had a lot of words of praise for Downey Jr., he said-

“We all know that Robert Downey Jr. is one of the great movie stars. It’s so easy to forget that he’s also one of the greatest actors of all time.  Watching him lose himself in that performance, and completely lose himself in a character in this way, was just an incredible reminder of just what an amazing actor he is.”

Much like a lot of MCU fans, even Nolan agrees that Robert Downey Jr. has cemented himself as one of the greatest actors of all time. He’s not finished yet either, as his age will allow him to further his legacy in the movie industry.

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A First Look At Robert Downey Jr. In Oppenheimer

Ever since the release of the cinematic treat- Tenet in 2020, fans of Christopher Nolan had been eagerly waiting for the announcement of his next project. Their wishes were soon answered in September of 2021 after reports came out regarding plans for a movie based on Robert J. Oppenheimer.

What caught the eyes of a lot of people, or a lot of Marvel fans, wasn’t that it was to be directed by Christopher Nolan, but the inclusion of Robert Downey Jr. in the start-studded cast led by Cillian Murphy.

The 57-year-old actor will be playing Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer, and here’s what he looks like in the movie-

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Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss

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As can be seen, he’s given the look of an old man. Regardless, fans would be pretty optimistic and undoubtful about Downey Jr.’s acting skills, and they’ll be sure that he can execute his role perfectly.

Oppenheimer will see a theatrical release on July 21, 2023.


Source: Total Film


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