With his next film, “Iron Man 3,” due out in early May, Robert Downey Jr. is the focus of a new interview in GQ. Nearing 50 years old, Downey is starting to gain some perspective on his career and isn’t sure how many more superhero movies he has in him, if any at all.
During the filming of “Iron Man 3,” Downey injured his ankle while performing a stunt, forcing production to be shut down for weeks. “It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up,” he wonders, “How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?”
He compares his career to Tom Brady’s in the NFL. Brady has signed a three year extension with the New England Patriots, which will keep him in the game until age 40. “I’m 47, and I’ll be 50,” he says.
When asked what happens at 50, Downey says he doesn’t know. However, he reveals, “I don’t have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years.”
Downey also confirmed the rumored paycheck he got for his role in “The Avengers.” When asked if the supposed $50 million dollar payday was real, Downey smiled and offered a simple “Yeah.” “Isn’t that crazy?” he adds, “They’re so pissed. I can’t believe it. I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.'”
As for what he’ll do when he hangs up Iron Man’s suit of armor for good, Downey already has an idea. He wants to make things with his wife, who is a successful producer. The two already have their own company, Team Downey. “I like working with her. I’d rather just do stuff with her,” Downey says.