Robert Downey Jr.‘s Oscar Guarantee: I’ll Win ‘At Least One’

Robert Downey Jr. has a resume most actors would love to call their own.

But the one thing the “Iron Man” star doesn’t have is an Oscar – something he insists will soon change.

“I know it’s going to happen. That’s just a fact. “I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one,” Robert said in an interview for GQ’s new May issue. “Because it just doesn’t make sense. That’s why I don’t mind showing up and watching everybody else get them.”

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The star couched his proclamation, noting that he “couldn’t care less,” yet added that he is sure he’ll one day have an Oscar for his mantle.

“Look, even if I don’t get one directly, eventually they’re just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I’m getting one,” he told the mag.

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So would one iconic gold statue satisfy Robert, who has been nominated twice before (in 1993 for “Chaplin” and in 2009 for “Tropic Thunder”)?

“No, I should probably have more. But zero’s fine… Zero, or two,” he quipped.

As for his current gig as “Iron Man,” despite huge box office success and another film on the way, Robert admitted his superhero days may be coming to an end, especially after suffering a severe ankle injury on the “Iron Man 3” set during production.

“It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?” he suggested. “Because, as quiet as it’s kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood.

“So there’s this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I’m sensing a return to that—it’s what me and the missus are doing next,” he added.

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And what comes next, Robert said, might just be that film to finally get him his Oscar.

“Even the next thing we’re doing with [my wife, Susan Downey], I’m so confident about it. It’s the best script the studio has; it’s the best thing I’ve read in years,” he told GQ.

-- Eric Anderson

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