Robert Downey Jr. talks $50M paycheck, 'Pinocchio,' Oscars
Robert Downey Jr. is opening up about his "Avengers" paycheck, his Oscars hopes and ... "Pinocchio."
The 48-year-old actor, who covers the May issue of GQ, talked to the magazine about his work with Joss Whedon and his part in "The Avengers," which earned him quite a hefty payment.
"I really just showed up, hit my marks," he told GQ. "Joss would write some lines or I would come up with a line. It was very easy -- it was so easy I didn't see how it could work."
Downey Jr. portrayed his famed Iron Man character, Tony Stark, in the 2012 film. The magazine's story goes on to reference a recent Hollywood Reporter article that claimed the actor had earned around $50 million for his role in the action-packed film. When asked if it was an accurate number, the actor simply smiled and said, "Yeah," before elaborating on the large payday.
"Isn't that crazy?" he continued. "They're so p----d. I can't believe it. I'm what's known as 'a strategic cost.'"
The actor is next set to take on a piece that he (proudly) pitched to Warner Bros. -- "Pinocchio." The film is set to be a darker, animated version of the classic children's fairytale, and will see the actor voicing Geppetto.
"I got real excited about it," Downey Jr. explained of his new endeavor. "I was just thinking about Geppetto as a cross between Jake LaMotta and Chico Marx. It's such a vital story, but it's really about this working-class weirdo who invests this inanimate object with all of the qualities he doesn't have. I'm just crazy about the idea ... To me a wooden boy is a real boy who doesn't feel like he's acknowledged."
The film is rumored to also star Christopher Walken, and would see Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson at the helm. There is no set release date for the fantasy film.
The seasoned actor has appeared in a number of films, including "Chaplin," "Iron Man," "The Avengers," "Tropic Thunder" and "Sherlock Holmes." With two Oscar nominations under his belt, the actor feels certain that he'll nab a statue -- at some point in his career.
"I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn't have at least one [Oscar]," he explained. "Because 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."
"You know, honestly, my real answer to that is: I don't care," he continued. "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 [expletive] 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," he said. "So no matter how you slice it, I'm getting one."
Downey Jr. is currently gearing up for the debut of "Iron Man 3," which is set for release on May 3. The official teaser trailer was released in October (Watch below).
In the new sequel to the hit Marvel film franchise, Stark battles a new enemy -- the Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, and, as seen in the clip, viewers will also get to see the Marvel comic book character Iron Patriot. Don Cheadle's character James Rhodes, aka War Machine, reportedly wears the armor.
Watch the trailer for "Iron Man 3" below. Also, check out photos for the upcoming film.