Robert Downey Jr. Playfully Jokes at His ‘Dwindling Credibility’ and Marvel career During Supporting Actor BAFTA Win

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Robert Downey Jr. adds another award to his collection for his remarkable performance in “Oppenheimer.” But true to his witty style, he couldn’t resist a playful poke fun at his own career during the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday.

In his acceptance speech, the 58-year-old actor, known for his portrayal of Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s drama, took a tongue-in-cheek trip down memory lane. From his early teenage roles to his iconic Marvel career , Downey Jr. humorously reflected on his diverse acting experiences.

“When I was 15, I wanted to be Peter O’Toole. When I was 25, I worked for Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins,” Robert Downey Jr. said. “When I was 35, I finally understood why Dickie thought Tony would be a better role model for me than Peter.”

“When I was 42, I did two films for Guy Ritchie and learned how to make big Hollywood movies with a civil British fare,” Downey Jr. added, mentioning the 2009 picture Sherlock Holmes and its 2011 sequel.

Then, Downey Jr. mentioned his ten-year stint as Tony Stark, the resident “genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is arguably his most well-known role.

“I then played a guy named Tony in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for about 12 years,” he stated, before joking that “recently, that dude Chris Nolan suggested I attempt an understated approach as a last-ditch effort to perhaps resurrect my dwindling credibility.”

“So I share this with my fellow nominees,” He concluded. “This has been an exceptional year.”

Downey Jr. also paid honor his castmates and loved ones — including his wife — in his speech, adding, “I owe this to Chris, Emma, Cillian, the cast and crew, Universal, WME and honestly just British influence. And I place this at the feet of my alpha and omega: Susan Downey.”

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