Robert Downey Jr. credits Christopher Nolan for giving him a new “path” with Oppenheimer

Kayla Harrington
Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. sung Christopher Nolan’s praises when it came to his Oppenheimer casting as it put him on a new acting path.

It’s safe to say that Christopher Nolan’s epic biopic Oppenheimer had one of the biggest star studded cast with the likes of Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, and more taking different yet equally intense roles.

Among the cast was Iron Man himself aka Robert Downey Jr. who played Rear Admiral Lewis Strauss who acted as Oppenheimer’s main rival. Downey’s performance was so engaging that he received serval nominations during award season, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

As Downey continues his media tour before the Oscars, the actor has continued to sing Nolan’s praising for having him be in the film and how that decision helped give him a new path in his career.

Downey thanks Nolan for career changing Oppenheimer casting

During an Oppenheimer Q&A with Downey, Nolan, and Murphy, the former Marvel actor got a bit emotional when thanking Nolan for casting him in Oppenheimer.

“I was at a place in my life in my career, where I needed someone to have a vision of what was possible for me that I couldn’t see for myself,” Downey said.

The actor went on to explain how exciting it was to be called to Nolan’s house to read the film’s script before joking that Nolan definitely spied on him when he was reading the Oppenheimer script.

“You know those paintings that have the eyes in them? I think a saw a [the] lids kind of flicker a bit. Just speculating.”

Nolan revealed that he doesn’t like to be in the room when someone reads his script as he had a bad experience with it in the past, so he usually “goes for a walk — or in the case of Cillian, I flew over to Dublin and went to the Hugh Lane Gallery and looked at the reconstruction of the Francis Bacon studio they have there.”

Thankfully, both Murphy and Downey were taken by the script and worked together, along with their various co-stars, to create one of the only biopics to ever come close to making $1 billion at the box office.

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