Even though fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may still be crying over the death of Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, actor Robert Downey Jr. is ready to let go of Tony Stark. The star got candid about his future prospects after so many monumental successes, expressing gratitude for the decade of work but making clear that he is ready to move on. During a recent interview, Robert said he was looking forward to the challenge of separating himself from Tony Stark.
“I had an incredible ten-year run that was creatively satisfying. It was very, very, very hard work and I dug very deep, but I have not been forced to explore the new frontier of what is my creative and personal life after this,” he began. But ten years of playing the same character can take a toll on creativity.
“By creating and associating and synergizing with Tony Stark and the Marvel Cinematic Universe and being a good company man but also being a little off-kilter and being creative and then getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when it’s like…[how] owners start looking like their pets…occasionally you would pull back from it and go, ‘Let me stop, let me get off the teet of this archetype and let me see where I stand.’ And you can feel really buffeted, you can get really spun out by it.”
Robert then explained the importance of separating oneself from one’s work. Not bad advice for anyone, but especially so for someone whose job it is to become someone else. “First thing you learn in theatre arts: Aesthetic distance. I am not this play I’m doing. I’m not a character in The Fantasticks. I’m not Will from Oklahoma. Aesthetic distance. It’s job one. I’m not my work. I’m not what I did with that studio. I’m not that period of time that I spent playing this character. And it sucks because the kid in all of us wants to be like, ‘No! It’s always gonna be summer camp and we’re all holding hands and singing kumbaya. Isn’t it?’ It’s like, ‘no! Snap out of it.'”
Coming up in January, the actor has The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, a potential franchise starter that underwent extensive reshoots earlier this year. He also as Sherlock Holmes 3 due out in December 2021.
(Source: The Off-Camera Show and Youtube)