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Robert Downey, Jr.: 'I've Never Had It This Good'

Robert Downey, Jr.: 'I've Never Had It This Good'

Robert Downey, Jr. covers the November 27 issue of EW, and he tells the magazine that while he’s happy to have opportunities in the entertainment industry, like next month’s Sherlock Holmes, he can “already see its inevitable decay.”

Here’s what the 44-year-old actor had to say about living up to a huge role, having a life outside of work and what he’d like to do in the future…

On living up to a well-known character: “Holmes is a huge iconic character, and this is a really big movie. [shrug] I’m just a guy.”

On having a life outside acting:Susan [Downey, his wife] and I want to begin to be in our lives as much as we are in our jobs. I’d love just to sit here and say, ‘What movie’s playing tonight?’ I’d love to finish the new book about D-Day I’m reading. I love painting, I love music.”

On the future: “I’ve never had it this good – this is my day in the sun – and I certainly don’t want to look a gift horse in the molars….But here’s the thing: I can only be a guy on a call sheet probably, I don’t know, maybe a couple more times. It’s something I’m so grateful to have in my palm, and yet I already see its inevitable decay.”

For more from Robert, check out EW, on newsstands Friday (November 20)!

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    That would be a shame!

  • Chrissy

    RDJ, thou art my master. Command me!

  • celia

    DAYUM!! This man is so sexy! I can’t even breathe! I can’t wait for Sherlock Holmes!

  • pr person

    LOVE HIM!!

  • LuckyL

    I love this interview

  • sushi

    should have been the sexiest man alive

  • bishop

    He is the best and deserves the Oscar.Cant wait for Iron Man 2.

  • boo

    I LOVED Iron Man! I cannot wait for 2. People love him and he will be an actor as long as he wants to.

  • j

    lovelovelove him

  • H.

    This guy is just awesome. One of the best actors out there. Cannot wait for Sherlock Holmes and IM2 (and 3, you know it’ll happen!). Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is also a really great movie he was in a few years back with Val Kilmer. Brilliant, funny performances from both of them. Rent it if you haven’t seen it.

    I think he has quite a few years left in the spotlight.

  • Saudia

    He deserves all the attention !! Robert has really picked his life up and is doing fantastic!! Cannot wait for this movie and IM2!!!!!! Great cover :D

  • Boner

    Sherlock looks AWESOME! Downey and Law!!!!

  • http://JUSTJARED candy

    i just love robert, much love to him and his future.

  • n

    him and Johnny Depp, the best!!! It should have been a tie for sexiest man alive with these 2 at the top . . .

  • manette

    He is the epitome of versatile talent unlike most actors playing the same roles over and over again.

  • destiny

    aww, dont say that Robert, you will always be the MAN… i can’t wait for this movie…and I agree with you Sushi, he should have been named sexiest man alive..he is an amazing actor!!!

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    Keep up the good work and stay on the wagon, nothing can stop you except for the sniffy sniffy! Stay strong and the roles will come!

  • Jazz

    I adore Robert!! He’s so damn sexy and I can’t wait for Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2 and Due Date!

  • noliah

    He’s great! One of the very best actors out there. I hope we see him in one film after another for a very long time. I wonder if he truly realizes how good he is.

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    I don’t think his decay will come anytime soon. He has proven to be bankable and a wonderful actor, too. He is being charmingly self-deprecating. :)

    -meream

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  • Jokergurl

    Yeah, Sherlock Holmes is not going to tank you know why because it’s Tony Stark playing Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr. is such a natural actor and has oceans of charisma. He’s always good in a movie no matter how bad it is, and no one does improvisation like he does. I think he’s just cooling his heels here with his sarcastic sense of humor and man is he hilarious! Topping that he’s sexy and gorgeous and his wife is one lucky gal!

  • verity

    Such a bloody fine actor. Along with Deep, the cream of the crop of Hollywood leading men. Christian Bale is not too far behind. The likes of Pitt and Clooney are way down the chart.

  • lela Italy

    he’s a fantastic actor! the very best in the world! and he’s so fascinating…wonderful smile, eyes and hair! I love RDJ!

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