Robert Downey Jr. has gotten into some hot water during his press tour for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. He popped up on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week where he was asked if he wanted to take time out to work on a small indie movie before playing Tony Stark again.
The answer according to him is a definite ‘no’, and from the sounds of it the experiences he’s had with indie filmmaking have not been good. Here’s the quote (via EW) that’s causing all the fuss, essentially an imagined conversation between Downey himself and a wannabe filmmaker:
“They’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like:
‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew – can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we’re doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?’
‘I thought it’s mediocre.’
‘Yeah, isn’t it the greatest?! Man, everyone’s an artist here.’
‘Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame.'”
To listen to the exchange, which provides a better context, check out EW.com