$50M man, Robert Downey Jr., thinks he's an awesome 'schmuck'
Pay someone $50 million to look cool in an action movie, as the producers of "The Avengers" paid Robert Downey Jr., and you're bound to boost their ego. But the funny thing about RDJ is that while he thinks quite highly of himself, he still seems to know he's human. Downey covers the new issue of GQ, and during the course of the interview, he calls himself "probably one of the best" actors around, but mitigates his assessment by adding that "it's not that big a deal. It's not like this is the greatest swath or generation of actors that has ever come down the pike."
Later, he says that he "couldn't care less" about getting an Oscar -- then adds, "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."
Finally, he says one of the best things in the world is working with someone who thinks he's the bomb -- and watching them discover he's like any other actor: "Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I'm just another schmuck that they're bored of hanging out with on a set," he says. "I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed."
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