Robert Downey Jr.

  • Aired:  04/30/13
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Robert Downey Jr., star of "Iron Man 3," explains why he never believed in Superman's flying ability. (7:30)

WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, OH, WE HAVE A

NEW FILM.

IRON MAN 3.

>> WORKING ON IT, SIR.

THIS IS A PROTOTYPE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: ROBERT DOWNEY, Jr.

WE LOVE YOU!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: SO...

SO.

Jon: I HOPE THIS WORKS OUT

FOR YOU.

>> THANKS, JON.

I'M PLUGGING AWAY.

>> Jon: I THINK THAT'S RIGHT.

I THINK THAT'S RIGHT.

THIS PHENOMENON.

>> RIGHT.

Jon: IS INSANITY.

IT'S WORLDWIDE INSANITY.

>> YES.

I SHOULD COME OUT RIGHT NOW.

>> Jon: IT WOULD BE DRAMATIC.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

PEOPLE ARE SHAKING WITH

EXCITEMENT AND GLEE.

>> RIGHT.

I MEAN, I FEEL THIS WAY ABOUT,

YOU KNOW, THE MOVIES THAT I WAS

REALLY INTO GROWING UP.

I LOVE THE ENTHUSIASM.

>> Jon: WERE YOU A SUPER HERO

GUY GROWING UP?

YOUR FATHER WAS A DIRECTOR SO

YOU WERE INVOLVED IN FILM.

>> I MEAN I WAS AROUND MOVIES

OUGHT TIME.

THEY WERE UNDERGROUND MOVIES.

VERY COOL STUFF.

BUT I MEAN I REMEMBER WHEN I SAW

THE FIRST SUPERMAN MOVIE WITH

CHRISTOPHER REEVE, IT'S FUN.

>> Jon: YOU BELIEVED A MAN COULD

FLY?

>> WELL, NO.

I MEAN, BECAUSE THE EFFECTS

WEREN'T VERY GOOD BACK THEN.

>> Jon: THE EFFECTS IN THIS ARE

REALLY RIDICULOUS.

THIS IS THE THING WITH... DO YOU

REMEMBER, OKAY, SO THE FIRST

THREE STAR WARS MOVIES.

YOU'RE LIKE THESE ARE EXCELLENT

MOVIES.

THAT'S HOW I GOT INVOLVED IN

SCIENCE FICTION.

THEN YOU SEE THE NEXT THREE

WHERE THE LEVEL OF SPECIAL

EFFECTS HAVE GOTTEN SO GREAT.

>> RIGHT.

Jon: BUT THEY'RE PREQUELS TO

THE OTHER ONES WHICH LIKE OLD

TIMEY TALKEES.

AND I CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT TO AN

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD.

>> RIGHT.

Jon: THIS DOESN'T SUFFER FROM

THAT.

>> NOT YET.

Jon: ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP

GOING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> I DON'T KNOW.

Jon: THEY DON'T TELL YOU?

YOU HAVE TO SIGN... DON'T THEY

MAKE YOU SIGN LIKE YOU'RE

INVOLVED NOW FOR 12 OF THESE?

>> NO.

I MEAN I HAD A LONG CONTRACT

WITH THEM.

NOW WE'RE GOING TO RENEGOTIATE.

>> Jon: REALLY?

YOU ARE IRON MAN.

YOU ARE!

IN THIS ONE IT'S THE MANDARIN.

>> YES.

Jon: THE MANDARIN IS A

CLASSIC.

THE FACT THAT THEY'RE BRINGING

BACK THE MANDARIN, THIS IS FROM

A BILLING FROM WHEN I WAS A KID

IN THE '60s AND ALL THOSE OLD

CARTOONS.

IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS TO

REINTRODUCE SOME OF THOSE

CLASSIC VILLAINS NOW?

>> I GUESS SO.

I MEAN KEVIN, WHO IS THE

PRESIDENT OF MARVEL, IS REALLY

THE GUY WHO HAD THE VISION.

HE'S A BIG FAN OF THE SHOW BY

THE WAY.

I'M GOING TO BRING HIM THE

BASEBALL CAP.

I REMEMBER IN THE FIRST IRON MAN

WE GOT TO USE MANDARIN.

HE WAS LIKE HOLD ON.

THE SECOND TIME I'M LIKE

MANDARIN.

HE SAID, NO, WE HAVE MICKEY

ROURKE.

RELAX.

AND THEN IN AN VENGERS I WAS

LIKE CLEARLY FOR ALL OF US.

HE WAS LIKE DON'T WORRY ABOUT

IT.

IT'S JUST BROTHER.

AND FORTUNATELY THIS TIME WE

HAVE SIR BEN KINGSLEY.

I THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME

AND THE RIGHT GUY TO PLAY THIS

PART.

THE WHOLE THING IS JUST MAGICAL,

JON.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

I THINK THERE IS A MOVIE

PROMOTION SUIT THAT YOU GET

INTO.

YOU GO LIKE THIS AND IT JUST

GOATS (MAKING NOISE).

YOU JET OFF TO THE OTHER THING.

NOW ARE THEY STILL PUTTING YOU

IN DANGER?

ARE YOU TOO VALUABLE NOW TO THE

FRANCHISE TO BE SUSPENDED FROM

WIRES?

ARE THERE PEOPLE NOW THAT THEY

MUST... WHAT IS YOUR...

>> YOU'RE REALLY ON TO

SOMETHING, AREN'T YOU?

>> Jon: I REALLY AM ON TO

SOMETHING.

>> I LIKE DOING THAT STUFF, YOU

KNOW.

ONCE IN A WHILE YOU TAKE A SPILL

OR, YOU KNOW, YOU SHUT DOWN

PRODUCTION FOR A BIT WHILE YOU

HEAL UP.

>> Jon: SURE.

I'M THE SAME.

I DO ALL MY OWN...

>> REALLY?

Jon: LOOK HOW CLOSE YOU ARE

TO THE EDGE.

THERE ARE MANY TIMES I JUST ROLL

OFF THE BACK.

>> NO PADS, NO BACK PAD.

Jon: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

LOOK AT ME.

I'M 150 POUNDS OF OSTEOPOROSIS.

I CAN HANDLE IT.

WHAT COUNTRIES MOST LIKE IF YOU

WENT ANYWHERE, WHO IS THE MOST

WHACKED OUT ABOUT THIS?

WHO IS THE MOST...

>> KOREA WAS AMAZING.

CHINA WAS MIND BLOWING.

I HAD A BALL.

>> Jon: ANY PLACE WHERE YOU'VE

BEEN STUNNED THAT THEY GET IT,

THAT THEY SEE IT, THAT THEY...

>> I MEAN HONESTLY I WAS

REALLY... I WAS HUMBLED THIS

TIME JUST BECAUSE THE FANS FOR

THIS FRANCHISE, THEY'RE REALLY

ARTISTIC TOO.

SO THEY GIVE ME LIKE PAINTED

HELMETS AND SOMETIMES THEY WEEP.

YOU KNOW, I MEAN, I'M 48 YEARS

OLD.

I'M LOOKING AT THE BACK NINE.

I GET TO FEEL LIKE A BEATLE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: THAT'S NICE.

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING.

YOU'RE 48 YEARS OLD.

>> YES, SIR.

Jon: YOU REALLY THINK YOU'RE

LOOKING AT THE BACK NINE?

BECAUSE I'M 50.

AND I'M HEADING TO THE 19th

HOLE.

I GOT MAYBE THREE OR FOUR GOOD

HOLES LEFT IN ME.

YOU THINK YOU GOT ANOTHER NINE

COMING HERE?

>> WELL, I MEAN, I BELIEVE IN

SCIENCE.

>> Jon: (LAUGHING).

IF YOU FIND SOMETHING OUT.

>> RIGHT.

Jon: I BEG OF YOU.

SURE.

Jon: CALL ME.

BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY

THROUGH.

I'M THE SAME AS YOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THROUGH.

>> OPTIMISM IS KEY.

Jon: ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC?

HERE'S WHAT I HEARD.

>> THIS WAS A DISCUSSION BETWEEN

A RUSSIAN MILITARY GUY AND CHUCK

MISSLER WHO IS A CRISTIAN... I

LOVE CHUCK MISSLER.

HE ASKED THE RUSSIAN GUY IS

THERE HOPE FOR WESTERN

CIVILIZATION IN THE RUSSIAN GUY

SAID YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A OPTIMIST

AND A PESSIMIST.

THE OPTIMIST BELIEVES THE FUTURE

IS UNCERTAIN.

THE PESSIMIST IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

SO IT'S OUR DUTY TO BE OPTIMISTS

BUT CLEARLY THE PESSIMIST HAS

MORE INFORMATION.

>> Jon: BECAUSE HE'S ALWAYS

RIGHT.

>> I WOULD RATHER HAVE LESS

INFORMATION.

>> Jon: MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT

THAT, YOU SAID THE WORD DUTY.

IRON MAN 3.

JUST A COUPLE OF OLD GUYS

TALKING.

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