100+ Robert Downey Jr. Quotes That Will Really Motivate You

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Robert Downey Jr. quotes that will really motivate you. There are so many Robert Downey Jr. quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Robert Downey Jr. quotes exists just do that.

Robert Downey Jr. is a very famous actor, and he is also a singer. Robert Downey Jr.’s career has been referred to as critical and popular notoriety in his youth, and this had been followed by a period of substance abuse and also a lot of legal troubles for the actor. Robert Downey Jr. had then earned repute and resurgence of commercial success. Robert Downey Jr. had been named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world, and Robert Downey Jr. had also been listed by Forbes as Hollywood’s single highest-paid actor. Robert Downey Jr.’s movies have totally earned more than $5.8 billion in North America and also $14.4 billion internationally. This had made Robert Downey Jr. the second-highest-grossing box-office actor domestically and also worldwide.

Bond completion companies would initially not insure Robert Downey Jr. for his roles in feature movies. Mel Gibson, who had been a close friend of Robert Downey Jr. had paid the insurance bond for the 2003 movie, The Singing Detective. Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in that movie had paved the way for his return to feature movies like a role in the black comedy crime movie called, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in the year, 2005. Robert Downey Jr. had then starred in Zodiac and also the comedy called, Tropic Thunder. Robert Downey Jr. had been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Robert Downey Jr. had then starred as the Marvel Comics superhero named, Iron Man in ten movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and started with Iron Man and ended with Avengers: Endgame in the year, 2019. Robert Downey Jr. has played the main character in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009).

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“Acting is the most wildly overpaid position imaginable.”

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“I don’t want to be so confident in myself.”

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“I’m not particularly tall, strong, fast, or aggressive.”

Robert Downey Jr popular quotes “I guess the issue for me is to keep things dynamic.”

Robert Downey Jr quotes “I’m coming from a place of total strength and humility now.”

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“Acting is always a challenge.”

“All I want, and I think all any parent with a semblance of a moral psychology wants, is for my kid to have his own experience, uninhibited.”

“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.”

“But I will agree that I think that things happen with people in relationships, that you might have been able to enjoy Morocco, say, if you weren’t getting out of a bad marriage. You know what I mean?”

“Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.”

“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.”

“Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do?”

“I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results.”

“I don’t want to go all Michael Jackson on you, but I never really had a childhood.”

“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.”

“I had this bad-boy-from-New York vibe going, dressed like a punk rocker with spiky hair.”

“I just don’t like big guys who speak cryptically and act like they understand the language better than me.”

“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”

“I like mainstream movies that are completely off the wall.”

“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.”

“I read the script for Wonder Boys, and I said that was almost perfect, it was so classy, cool and funny. It’s a really specific thing. We stuck to it, it turned out good and a lot of people liked it.”

“I take some pride in… representing myself exactly how I would like to have my son remember me to his kids.”

“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?'”

“I think I’ve been lucky, being my frequent appearances on Court TV have brought to me another level than just the actor guy.”

“I think life changes every year. This is just a little more comfortable.”

“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.”

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“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.”

“I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.”

“I understand reversal of fortune; that usually has come through my own hand, but you know, you live life on life’s terms.”

“I walk by studio heads and they actually look and put their hand out now, like maybe I should be on their radar.”

“I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.”

“I was kind of like chasing my tail and trying to do the right thing, and was a little bit stupid. Or irresponsible, which is the same thing I guess. It’s just been really busy and I had a lot of great opportunities.”

“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.'”

“If someone really takes a risk, it doesn’t get dismissed. That’s what happened when the Oscar was won posthumously by Heath Ledger, who did one of the definitive villain performances of all time. But it really has to be exceptional in defining everything we previously knew about the actress or the actor.”

“If you’re doing a drama that has some comedic elements you can’t forget that it’s primarily a very serious film that has some light relief.”

“If you’re raised with a poverty mentality, nothing is going to change it. I do know some really stingy billionaires. I come from such a generation of hand-to-mouthers.”

“I’m in a happy relationship, me and my ex are on really good terms, my kid and I are in a good spot.”

“I’m not 40 yet. I wouldn’t even bother comparing myself to Chaplin.”

“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.”

“In movies, people seem to be more emotional than they would ever be if that situation was actually happening to them.”

“In the marathon obstacle course of a career, it’s just good to have all the stats on paper for why you’re not only a team player but also why it makes sense to support you in the projects you want to do – because you’ve made so much damned money for the studio.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I’ve always just shown up and tried to figure out what’s for lunch and am I going to get to play some racquetball that night.”

“I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want to happen.”

“Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff.”

“Look, even bad years are pretty good years I think.”

“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. I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.”

“Nothing’s a break for me. Not even the breaks are breaks.”

“‘Shaggy Dog’ was a very, very important movie for me. It was a very enjoyable experience.”

“Sometimes if you’re wanting to look just a little bit taller, then you want to dress with just more of a thin cut.”

“Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.”

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“The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”

“There are some parents who have really done it right and told their kid, ‘You know, we have this dough, none of this is for you. You have to get your own.'”

“When you have a good script you’re almost in more trouble than when you have a terrible script.”

“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.”

“I’ve always felt like such an outsider in this industry. Because I’m so insane, I guess.”

“The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.”

“I’m not used to feeling like I belong where I am.”

“A lot of my peer group think I’m an eccentric bisexual, like I may even have an ammonia-filled tentacle or something somewhere on my body. That’s okay.”

“I’ve become a picky little bitch. I’ve never bothered to plan projects before. I just used to throw the script across the room and say, “Why do they keep
sending me this horseshit?” And then I’d start rehearsals two weeks later.”

“[on his addiction to drugs] It’s like I have a loaded gun in my mouth, and I like the taste of metal.”

“It’s a blanket statement to say, “That guy’s really sharp and amicable and nice,” because there’s a little bit of asshole in every nice guy, and there’s a
little bit of genius in every moron.”

“[on his music] I am putting together some ideas for two or three more things I want to do. Maybe a CD of just my kind of standards, which would be Supertramp
and Steely Dan covers with an orchestra. I’m deep into old Genesis. I’m sorry, but these are songs that mean something to me. “Follow You Follow Me” is a
song that’s about something to me.”

“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”

“It was so nice to go into this fake courtroom [on Ally McBeal (1997)]. I immediately went up into the judge’s chair. Nice view. A preferable perspective.”

“What I usually hate about these movies when suddenly the guy that you were digging turns into Dudley Do-Right, and then you’re supposed to buy into all his
“Let’s go do some good! That Eliot Ness-in-a-cape-type thing. What was really important to me was to not have him change so much that he’s unrecognizable.
When someone used to be a schmuck and they’re not anymore, hopefully they still have a sense of humor. [on superhero movies]”

“[on Black and White (1999)] A stage slap from Mike Tyson is like a shovel whack from a normally fortified male.”

“The great thing about Saturday Night Live (1975) was being at 30 Rockefeller Center. And having Belushi and Aykroyd’s old office. And me and Michael [Anthony
Michael Hall] saying, “We want bunk beds. With NFL Sheets. And we want them now.” And Michael was like “Man, it’s gonna be great, we’re gonna be buddies,
we’re gonna do a show together, we’re gonna …” Then, “I’m gonna do Out of Bounds (1986)” and he left. As for me, I was doing Back to School (1986) and
Saturday Night Live at the same time. So I’d fly back to Los Angeles for a couple of days during the week to shoot the movie and then fly back and, “Live
from New York, it’s a tired young man!”

“I had four weeks’ work in Baby It’s You (1983), and I told all my friends I was now, officially, a major talent and film star. And then they cut my scenes
out. You don’t even see me except in one scene – you see me in the background until this self-indulgent actress leans forward to try and get more camera
time. They cut all my scenes out and my friends go, “Hey, Robert – maybe it’s you!” Now I don’t tell people that I’m in a film until I see it on
videocassette.”

“Tofu is the root of all evil, and there’s only one thing that can change a man’s mind, and that’s a modified Uzi with an extra-long clip.”

“I did Air America (1990) for two reasons: to be in a movie with Mel Gibson and to make a bunch of money. And then underneath there was the hope that in doing
this formulaic thing I would be launched into a whole new realm of opportunity to do A-list movies. By the time we were done, the only positive thing was
meeting Mel Gibson.”

“[on why he did Danger Zone (1996)] Five hundred grand for two weeks.”

“[on Restoration (1995)] I just thought [Hugh Grant] was a dick, that’s all. And I still do. You know, and that could be something that has to do with me, or
it could just be that not everyone in this industry is someone I’d care to hang out with.”

“[on Weird Science (1985)] I defecated in [Renee Props’s] trailer, much to the chagrin of Bill Paxton and Robert Rusler. It was a real bad scene. Joel Silver
freaked. I never admitted it. Joel said, “Downey, did you do it?” and I said I wish I had. Because I’d been threatening everyone that if they didn’t treat me
right, I was going to take a dump in their trailer, or that I’d go take a shit in Joel’s office, on his desk or something.”

“[on his childhood] I didn’t want to talk about what my dad did because it wasn’t like he was directing All in the Family (1971) or anything. He was doing
these crazy films. Mom would pick me up at school wearing this big quilted cape. I felt like I was in a J.D. Salinger story. Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s
German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was
underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.”

“[on Sean Penn] In a relatively short time he was a better friend than some people I’d known for ages. I remember him saying three or four years ago, “You
have two reputations. I think you know what both of them are, and I think you’d do well to get rid of one of those reputations. If you don’t, it will get rid
of the other one.” And I was like, “Two reputations, I’ll be right back.” Just hearing him say that reminded me that I should go score. After that, he was
like, forget it. It sucks, too, because someone as honorable as he is, I really should have responded. Jesus, I grew up idolizing this guy. Not only does he
consider me a friend, but he’s taking time. He’s got a family. He’s got a career that’s going well. He’s living his dreams and making time for me, and I’m
like, “I can’t, I just can’t – sorry, busy.”

“As soon as I started smoking heroin instead of smoking coke, everything was different, and I knew it was. And it happened around the time I was doing Home
for the Holidays (1995). Home for the Holidays is, for me, one of the most relaxed performances in the history of cinema. I can’t attribute that to the fact
that I was at a serene place in my life, or that there was a real warm feeling on the set. This is a problem for me because I glamorize this stuff. I can’t
say that it wasn’t real dark, real evil and real hurtful to those around me. And yet, practically every take of that film was a print. God bless Jodie
Foster. When does she have time to do a handwritten letter telling someone how she genuinely cares about them? She said, “Listen, I’m not worried about you
on this film. You’re not losing it or nodding out, and you’re giving a great performance. I’m worried about your thinking you can get away with doing this on
another film.”

“[on Chaplin (1992)] When I accepted the part, they didn’t tell me that I also had to do the acrobatic stuff of Charlie. That has cost me a lot of blood,
sweat and tears. Though I now can say, ‘I did all my stunts myself.’ Working on Chaplin was really intensive and cost me years of my life, but if I could do
it all over again, no doubt I would do it the same way.”

“[on Chaplin (1992)] Chaplin was the culmination of an opportunity, and the biggest humiliation I’ve ever experienced. It was like winning the lottery, then
going to prison. I realized that nothing that had worked for me before was going to work here. I’d watch one of Charlie’s films, but by the end of it I was
wildly depressed, because I realized that what he’d done in this twenty-minute short was more expressive and funnier than everything I’ve thought about doing
my whole life.”

“[on U.S. Marshals (1998)] Possibly the worst action movie of all time, and that’s just not good for the maintenance of a good spiritual condition. You’ve had
a traumatic year, you’ve been practically suicidal – what do you think would be really healing for you? How about like twelve weeks of running around as
Johnny Handgun? I think that if you talk to a spirit guide, they would say, “That’ll kill you.”

“[on U.S. Marshals (1998)] I thought maybe there was something I was missing, and what I really needed to do was to be in one of those films that I love
taking my kid to. It would end up being really depressing. I’d rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing I’m going to
the set of U.S. Marshals.”

“I don’t want to go all Michael Jackson on you, but I never really had a childhood.”

“I have a sense of destiny that you are led to the things you are supposed to do.”

“[on Mickey Rourke] He’s so good. And he’s formidable and he’s very much reminding me of that kind of charming, confident guy that we know.”

“[on Iron Man 2 (2010)] I’ve never been in a sequel and it’s very daunting because I feel the expectation of the millions of people who watched it and enjoyed
it and told me that it was a little different than your usual genre picture and that they expected us to not screw it up. So I actually have taken Iron Man 2
(2010) probably more seriously than any movie I’ve ever done, which is appropriately ridiculous for Hollywood.”

“Mel Gibson cast me in The Singing Detective (2003), even though an insurance company wouldn’t cover it because it was my first film after my release from
behind bars. The best part was when Mel gave me a motorcycle while we still had two weeks left to shoot. I go,”‘Are you trying to ruin this movie? What if I
have an accident?” He goes, “No, no. I figure if you made it two-thirds of the way through, you can’t do anything wrong.”

“What do you say, though — if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan.”

“[his Golden Globe acceptance speech for Best Actor-Comedy or Musical] If you start playing violins, I will tear this joint apart. First of all, I want to
thank my wife Susan Downey for telling me Matt Damon was going to win so don’t bother to prepare a speech. That was at about 10 a.m. I don’t have anybody to
thank. I’m sorry. Everyone’s been so gratuitous, it was a collaboration, we all did this together. Certainly not going to thank Warner Brothers, Alan Horn,
and my god, robbing off these guys. They needed me. Avatar (2009) was going to take us to the cleaners. If they didn’t have me, we didn’t have a shot buddy.
What am I going to do? I’m not going to be able to thank Joel Silver. I mean the guy has only restarted my career twelve times since I began twenty-five
years ago. I really don’t want to thank my wife because I could be busing tables at the daily groom right now if not for her. Jesus, what a gig that would
be. Guy Ritchie had a great vision for this film and a lot of great people came together and we worked our asses off. It’s just a privilege. The Hollywood
Foreign Press has a quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was a genius by the way, and he said “Art is the blood, Is libel to take to the strongest forms.”
That is also why I would like to thank, or not thank, the Hollywood Foreign Press because they are a strange bunch of people and now I’m one of them. Thank
you.”

“[on his role as an Australian actor playing a black man in Tropic Thunder (2008)] I thought it was a completely incendiary idea and I blame it all on Ben
Stiller and DreamWorks.”

“[on why some of his political opinions now lean more conservative then they used to] I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always
something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come
out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and
politics every since. [“The New York Times”, 2008]”

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“[on producer Joel Silver] Joel just kept telling me. We’ve got to get your gun in your hand. Joel is one of the few relationships I care to have with a
producer. Look he’s vast and voracious, and he definitely has the ability to break into a scream about a point he would like to make. But he can also be
incredibly warm and generous.”

“[on winning an Oscar] As long as I stick around I’m going to end up with a bunch of them anyway as they’re going to run out of people to give them to. And
I’m probably going to win it one year when someone else deserves to win it. Why? Because it’s my time, goddammit. And that’s the way shit works around here.
I’m just an uptight mutt at the top of his game. Welcome to Hollywood, bitch! I’ll see you at the Vanity Fair party and I’ll be holding that golden statue
you deserve ’cause guess what? It happened to me too!”

“[on Mel Gibson] He’s a stand-up guy – he’s always has been for me – and certainly when I was not hire-able, he put his ass on the line and said, “I’ll take
that chance.” He will always have my friendship, and that’s just talking about business and Hollywood stuff, which to me is nowhere as important as
friendship.”

“[2010, on his past problems] Sometimes it’s necessary to compartmentalize the different stages of your evolution, both personally and objectively, for the
people you have to love and tolerate. And one of those people, for me, is me. I have a very strong sense of that messed-up kid, that devoted theater actor,
that ne’er-do-well 20-something nihilistic androgyne and that late-20s married guy with a little kid, lost, lost in narcotics-all as aspects of things I
don’t regret and am happy to keep a door open on. More than anything I have this sense that I’m a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people
who haven’t been there. I feel for the kind of zeitgeist diagnoses that are being applied to certain of my peers lately, and I think it’s unconscionable.”

“[2010, on landing Iron Man (2008)] I prepared for the screen test so feverishly that I literally made it impossible for anybody to do a better job. I had
never worked on something that way before; I was so familiar with six or nine pages of dialogue, I had thought of every possible scenario. At a certain point
during the screen test, I was so overwhelmed with anxiety about the opportunity that I almost passed out. I watched it later, and that moment came, fluttered
and wasn’t even noticeable. But to me, it was this stretched-out moment of what keeps people from doing theater for 30 years – just an unadulterated fear of
failure.”

“[2010] Discipline for me is about respect. It’s not even about self-respect; it’s about respect for life and all it offers. And not indulging. I have happily
reconsidered my position on a bunch of things I didn’t want on my “no” list despite all evidence that I couldn’t handle them. At the end of the day, anything
I think I’m sacrificing I’m just giving up because it makes me feel better.”

“[2010] I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want to happen. I don’t worry, but I observe where my mind tends to go. I have such an
overwhelming sense that if you’re in the right state of heart, which I have been for a little while, the next right thing appears to you.”

“[2010] I find myself fascinated with shows like Bad Girls (1999) and Jerseylicious (2010), and also Inside American Jail (2007) and Lockup (2005). The best
one’s in the U.K.; I watch it when I’m over there doing Sherlock. It’s called Banged Up Abroad (2007), which means “locked up”. “Locked Up Abroad” is always
fun.”

“[on never winning an Oscar] I know it’s going to happen. That’s just a fact… because it just doesn’t make sense. That’s why I don’t mind showing up and
watching everybody else get them… Look, 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… I should probably have more, but zero’s fine.”

“[on the Oscars ceremony] It is amazing to see how people are literally hyperventilating when they get up there, because they have such an attachment to this
outcome.”

“Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween (1978).”

“It’s hard for me to watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and not get nostalgic about it. It’s not perfect but in some ways, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever
done. I don’t know why.”

“My intent is to dominate the playing field for as long as I can, with my own challenges, with myself.”

“I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.”

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