“Yeah,” he says, smiling.
Is that number about right?
“Yeah.” A broader smile.
“Isn’t that crazy?” he says. “They’re so pissed. I can’t believe it. I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.’”
…on his desire to compose music and direct a Halloween-themed film in which he plays a Village Voice reporter: “You know, I really miss composing music, writing music. And I want to direct—I think I’d do a pretty good job. Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween. I will say only this: I am a Village Voice reporter on the run.”
…on knowing what will and won’t work: “I’m very good at deconstructing. I’m a very good troubleshooter for why something is unlikely to work. And most everything is unlikely to work.”
GQ’s Chris Heath on how Robert Downey Jr.’s persistence landed him the role in Iron Man: Even after the film’s director, Jon Favreau, passed on the word from Marvel that it wasn’t going to happen, Downey refused to listen. (Favreau later explained that Marvel had actually been even more definite: “Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.”) Downey persisted nonetheless, and eventually he was told he’d at least get a screen test.
For the full interview and more photos, go to www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201305/robert-downey-jr-profile-may-2013
“Iron Man 3″ is set to open May 3.
- Matt Price
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