Christopher Nolan has thus tried to work on new aspects of his game.
In Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr. will play Lewis Strauss, a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons. A character light years away from Tony Stark. And that’s exactly what the actor is looking for today: to put his Marvel years behind him, to become a versatile actor again.
Because Robert Downey Jr. admits this week in the New York Times, he was afraid that his decade spent in the MCU would harm his acting skills: “You’re starting to wonder if that playing muscle you’ve been developing has atrophied!”
Present in 9 films of the saga avengersfor 11 years, Robert Downey Jr. admits to having had concerns about the consequences that this time at Marvel, playing on a green screen, could have had on his game: “Yes 100%! And I know Christopher Nolan more or less agreed with that. He told me this for Oppenheimer: work on your playing muscle, but let’s do it by putting aside the usual stuff!”
Robert Downey Jr. therefore played without its Marvel trademarks“i.e. the fast-talking guy, the charming, unpredictable guy, and all that“ sums up the actor.
It will therefore not be like that at Nolan. We will see the result next week. Oppenheimer will be released in theaters on July 19.