Filmmaker Christopher Nolan recently showered praise on his 'Oppenheimer' star Robert Downey Jr., expressing his admiration for the actor's work and highlighting his significant contribution to the movie industry. Nolan revealed his long-standing desire to collaborate with Downey Jr., emphasizing the pivotal role the actor played as Tony Stark/Iron Man, a decision that left a profound impact on the trajectory of the film business.
During an appearance on 'The Late Show,' Nolan lauded Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Lewis Strauss in 'Oppenheimer,' considering him a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Reflecting on Downey Jr.'s versatility and charisma, Nolan emphasized the significance of his performance as Iron Man, labeling it as one of the most consequential casting choices in cinematic history.
Despite his remarkable talent, Nolan highlighted Downey Jr.'s exceptional ability to connect with audiences while allowing space for his fellow actors to shine. Describing him as incredibly generous, Nolan commended Downey Jr.'s spirit of collaboration, ensuring that everyone in a scene delivers their best performance and strengthens emotional connections on screen.
However, their professional relationship didn't always begin on such a positive note. Downey Jr. reminisced about a meeting with Nolan for the role of Scarecrow in 'Batman Begins' back in 2005. Despite sensing a lack of enthusiasm from Nolan during their discussion, Downey Jr. acknowledged the director's politeness but recognized the likelihood of not landing the role. Ultimately, the part of Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow, was portrayed by Downey Jr.'s 'Oppenheimer' co-star, Cillian Murphy.
These insights were shared by Downey Jr. during a Q&A session following a screening of 'Oppenheimer' at the Aero Theater in Los Angeles, shedding light on the dynamic between the acclaimed actor and director throughout their careers.
(With Agency Inputs)