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Robert Downey Jr. Doesn't Want to Look Back at His Failures

Robert Downey Jr. Doesn't Want to Look Back at His Failures

Robert Downey Jr. takes the cover of GQ Style‘s debut issue for summer 2016.

Here is what the 51-year-old Captain America: Civil War actor shared with the mag:

When asked about a moment he felt he failed at something: “I don’t want to talk about failure. I want to talk about moments of humility. Like when you feel suddenly sick and embarrassed but then you have to continue on to the next moment immediately in full view of others. Because it’s not failure if you just recognize, I fell short, and that’s okay.”

On what he looks for in new projects at this point in his career: “Honestly, just as someone who loves movies, it’s: Can I be bothered to go see that movie if that guys makes it? I’m not saying that I only want to do quote-unquote popular mainstream movies. But, life is short, and ultimately I’m in a service industry. As much as I exist to do anything else, I exist to create widgets of entertainment for other people to consume. And some people, that’s a big affront to their sensibilities, and I go, okay. End of the day, you are in a service industry, like Kirkland. It’s that simple.”

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Photos: Pari Dukovic exclusively for GQ Style
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    It’s just a job then? Servicing people for large paychecks now?
    Thinking on your feet has become the hardest lesson learned?
    Seems to me he’s learned to fail better, nothing wrong with saying his ‘failures’ were him as a rough cut gem being tumbled by life.
    Sad he’s given up acting for “servicing.” He used to be good.

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