Robert Downey Jr. quotes

Born
April 4, 1965, New York City, U.S.

Occupation
Actor.

Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Sometimes if you’re wanting to look just a little bit taller, then you want to dress with just more of a thin cut.
– Robert Downey Jr.
You need to know what to do when the sun is not shining.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’m not particularly tall, strong, fast, or aggressive.
– Robert Downey Jr.
The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.
– Robert Downey Jr.
The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’m in a happy relationship, me and my ex are on really good terms, my kid and I are in a good spot.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I had this bad-boy-from-New York vibe going, dressed like a punk rocker with spiky hair.
– Robert Downey Jr.
The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
– Robert Downey Jr.
It’s hard to get out of the barrel. It’s slippery around the edges and people are happy to see you fall back in.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I think life changes every year. This is just a little more comfortable.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.
– Robert Downey Jr.
When you have a good script you’re almost in more trouble than when you have a terrible script.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want to happen.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I don’t want to be so confident in myself.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Look, even bad years are pretty good years I think.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do?
– Robert Downey Jr.
I take some pride in… representing myself exactly how I would like to have my son remember me to his kids.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Worrying is like praying for something that you don’t want to happen.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.
– Robert Downey Jr.
It’s a very smart and heartfelt movie and that’s why, I think, we’re all drawn to it. We really showed up for this with this collective idea that it was really ambitious, but we felt we all really had something to gain from it.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff.
– Robert Downey Jr.
‘Shaggy Dog’ was a very, very important movie for me. It was a very enjoyable experience.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I grew up with a lot of people whose whole prime mover was dad rage. I never really had it – it always seemed so empty. It always seemed to be masking something else, which was really their own lack of initiative.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’ve always been a fella who put most of my eggs in one basket and then take a dump in the basket but I really don’t know.
– Robert Downey Jr.
But I think Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang really got that thing where, if a movie reads really funny and then has some dramatic or violent or sinister stuff in it, you can’t forget that primarily it has to be even funnier than you read it or that other stuff doesn’t work.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I loved it, it’s such fun. I like that people are seeing it and then talking about it. Like when I took my son and his friends to see Napoleon Dynamite last year, we spent the next six weeks trying to explain it.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Listen, smile, agree and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I guess the issue for me is to keep things dynamic.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Acting is the most wildly overpaid position imaginable.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I understand reversal of fortune; that usually has come through my own hand, but you know, you live life on life’s terms.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Nothing’s a break for me. Not even the breaks are breaks.
– Robert Downey Jr.
For years I took pride in being resilient.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’m very good at deconstructing. I’m a very good troubleshooter for why something is unlikely to work. And most everything is unlikely to work.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I like mainstream movies that are completely off the wall.
– Robert Downey Jr.
Acting is always a challenge.
– Robert Downey Jr.
It’s interesting when you’re old enough to take a new, objective approach looking at your parents, frame them in a way where you are actually taking yourself out of the equation and just look at the things that are true about their life.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I don’t want to go all Michael Jackson on you, but I never really had a childhood.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I think I just never wanted to be the creepy guy where people say, ‘Why do his leading ladies keep getting younger and younger, and why do they think he’s so hot even though we know that the girl who’s playing this part actually has a handsome boyfriend?’
– Robert Downey Jr.
If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino’s pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, ‘It’s going to be O.K… It’s going to be O.K. you’re going to train in the morning.’
– Robert Downey Jr.
With a terrible script you hustle and try to make it better. But with a good script it can be trouble because you rest on your laurels, so to speak, you think it’s going to translate easily.
– Robert Downey Jr.