Robert Downey Jr. worried that being in the MCU for ten years would affect his acting skills while filming Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Oppenheimer‘. He was concerned about relying too much on his usual acting habits and wanted to explore the different approaches recommended by Nolan.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Concerns about the MCU’s Influence on His Acting Skills While Filming ‘Oppenheimer
During an interview with The New York Times, Robert Downey Jr. was asked about his concerns regarding the impact of his decade-plus involvement in Marvel movies on his acting abilities. Downey Jr. replied, “Yes. A hundred percent, and I knew there was a point where Chris Nolan was endorsing, let’s work those other muscles, but let’s do it while rendering you devoid of your usual go-to things.”
Robert Downey Jr. Plays Lewis Strauss in ‘Oppenheimer’
In ‘Oppenheimer’, Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Lewis Strauss, an American businessman and government official who served as the Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1953 to 1958. As the head of the AEC, he played a crucial role in the development and implementation of the United States’ nuclear energy and weapons programs. Strauss was a strong advocate for the peaceful use of atomic energy and actively promoted nuclear power as a source of electricity.
From Christopher Nolan, ‘Oppenheimer’ tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy), a brilliant theoretical physicist who was appointed as the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II, and Oppenheimer’s journey as he works tirelessly to develop the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret government initiative. He works closely with Leslie Groves (played by Matt Damon), a military leader tasked with overseeing the project, and faces opposition from scientists who question the morality of creating such a destructive weapon.
The film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Emily Blunt as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie as Edward Teller, Michael Angarano as Robert Serber, Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence, Kenneth Branagh, Dane DeHaan, Dylan Arnold as Frank Oppenheimer, David Krumholtz as Isidor Isaac Rabi, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Modine as Vannevar Bush, Jack Quaid, David Dastmalchian, Jason Clarke, Josh Peck as Kenneth Bainbridge, Devon Bostick as Seth Neddermeyer, Alex Wolff, Tony Goldwyn, Scott Grimes, Josh Zuckerman, and James D’Arcy.
‘Oppenheimer’ hits theaters on July 21, 2023, by Universal Pictures.
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