That seems like a unusual reason to turn down a potential Oscar nom - anyone brought to tears by Iron Man's final moments can't argue that Downey doesn't deserves a nod - but whatever floats your boat.
As you might expect, Robert Downey Jr. doesn't feel insulted and isn't getting all riled up over Martin Scorsese's comments. In a new interview, the actor revealed he personally declined to campaign for an Oscar. Stern started by referencing the "huge moneymaker" and asked Downey Jr. if he "still enjoys doing it". "It's his opinion", Downey Jr. said.
He later added that he thought the idea of Marvel movies not being cinema "makes no sense", explaining, "It'll be like saying Howard Stern isn't radio". As it turns out, it's simply because Robert Downey Jr simply wasn't interested. It doesn't simply involve The Academy watching a bunch of films and picking who/what they think is best.
So why wasn't Downey Jr. included? When the venerated director was asked if he'd watched any movies from the mega-franchise, he said, "I tried, you know? And it is this very large multi-headed Hydra at this point".
Downey Jr.'s position is admirable.
While discussing his love of martial arts during an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" years ago, Downey, who struggled with substance abuse in his younger years, credited the fighting style with helping him gain control of his life, according to the outlet. We've seen countless interviews of them talking about how RDJ is super fun, takes care of everyone, and even has the best lunch spread on set that you're lucky if you're invited for!
"Films are films. You know, everybody doesn't like his stuff either". But that's not cinema. He did acknowledge that the movies are well made and the actors are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
"It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being", Scorsese said. In which, she pointed out the fact that Scorsese went out of his way to make a comment. "It's his opinion", the actor said. When Stern immediately prompted, "But it is cinema, isn't it?", Downey Jr. replied in typical witty fashion: "Well, it plays in theaters".
"It's his opinion. I appreciate his opinion because I think it's like anything".
Howard Stern and Robert Downey Jr. speculated a little bit about why Martin Scorsese might have said what he said, with the actor musing on the ubiquity of modern genre movies.