Robert Downey Jr. Lobs A Cringeworthy Insult at Alejandro Inarritu
Maybe it’s time to just call it a day for the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour. Bring all the boys home, and either let the girls have a go (where are Scarlett and Elizabeth anyway?), or shut the whole thing down. This film really doesn’t need any more promotion; it’ll do gangbusters at the box office anyway.
First the “good” stuff. Robert Downey Jr. visited Letterman and seemed a little more himself after that very subdued (and tolerant) interview he ended up walking out on the other day. Downey shared his awesome sounding 50th birthday party details, including that he rented an airplane hangar, had two bands — Duran Duran, opening for Steely Dan” — and invited a lot of people (and some airplanes, who didn’t show). He’s utterly charming and entertaining with Dave; the arrogant yet self-depreciating RDJ we’ve come to know and love…
and providing a cornucopia of gif-able expressions:
He also shared the first photo of his adorable 5-month-old daughter, Avri Roel:
Everybody say, “Aaaaw.”
Now, the not-so-good. Downey also did an interview with The Guardian, and granted, this seems like a troublesome set-up by the reporter, who’s looking for a response to Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s comments about superhero films (at the :25 mark).
“Look, I respect the heck out of him, and I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.”
To be fair, the full statement to which RDJ is responding was a fairly smug, condescending remark about superhero films by Inarritu:
I sometimes enjoy them because they are basic and simple and go well with popcorn. The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters. They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and shit that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human.
That’s what I am saying. Superheroes…just the word hero bothers me. What the fuck does that mean? It’s a false, misleading conception, the superhero. Then, the way they apply violence to it, it’s absolutely right wing. If you observe the mentality of most of those films, it’s really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don’t like them.
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