Marvel fans as well as director Joe Russo feel that Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man is worthy of an Oscar nod.
On the contrary though, Downey Jr. himself think otherwise. During his recent appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM talk show, this topic was brought up.
“I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about, and I said let’s not, and because I’m much more like you than you might really want to believe,” the 54-year-old actor told Stern.
The radio host expressed his frustration at Oscar voters on not taking blockbuster movies – especially superhero roles – 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 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 I’ll go like ‘oh that’s not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way’,” Downey Jr. added.
The actor was also asked on his thought’s on Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about how Marvel movies are “not cinema”. “It’s his opinion,” he told Stern. “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.”
When probed if he thinks the filmmaker is jealous of Marvel’s success, RDJ replied, “Of course he’s not jealous of the success. He’s Martin Scorsese,” adding that he was “happy to be part of the problem, if there is one.”
If though RDJ has decided to bow out of the Oscars campaign, Disney has high hopes for “Avengers: Endgame”. Question is, will it enjoy the same success of “Black Panther”?