Robert Downey Jr. For GQ Magazine

Posted on April 17, 2013

Here you go, ladies: Robert Downey Jr. being his Robert-Downey-Jr-est for GQ:


Robert Downey Jr. covers the May 2013 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Peggy Sirota.

On the movie industry: “You get a bit older and you start to see what’s going on backstage in the collective psyche of this ridiculous industry. Everybody is kind of the same. I’m sorry! We’re all just kind of the same. Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I’m just another schmuck that they’re bored of hanging out with on a set. I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.”

On what he’s bad at as an actor: “Tons. Everything I avoid. I don’t like opening doors and looking surprised. I can do all that emo stuff, but I’m so over everyone who has to have a meltdown— everybody is emotional all the time. In movies people seem to be more emotional than they would ever be if that situation was actually happening to them.”

On winning an Oscar: “I couldn’t care less.”

Jacket and tie by Dolce & Gabbana. Sweatshirt by Todd Snyder. Shirt by Michael Bastian. Jeans by A.P.C.

Jacket and jeans by Prada. Shirt by Balmain. Belt and boots by Giorgio Armani.


Gotta love those sound bites. The pictures? Well… bless his heart. He’s not a fashion person, but at least he brings a ton of personality to them.


[Photo Credit: Pegy Sirota for GQ]

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  • snarkalicious

    And this is why we forgive the red carpet disasters.

    • Sobaika

      Speak for yourself.

    • drdarke

      Yes, @snarkalicious:disqus ! He’s smart and he’s funny and he knows what he’s about.

      He’s also dressed better than he’s been for a while….

  • Feathers McGraw

    He definitely puts the “bite” in “soundbites”. Alongside, I like to imagine Gwyneth’s head exploding.

  • Sobaika

    I not into him (he seems so smarmy) but having some creativity with the photoshoots and giving even halfway legitimate answers is all I’ve been asking for in the slew of recent lady editorials.

    • stephbellard

      You’re not alone. To me, he still comes across as a major douche-nozzle who refuses to act his age.

  • Barbora


  • stephbellard

    They all say they don’t care about the Oscars until they actually have a shot at winning one.

    • MilaXX

      After coming thisclose with Chaplan, I wonder if he doesn’t want to take the risk anymore.

  • Terri Smith

    Moments like this make me wish his fly was down.

  • River

    Yum. If only he’d wear those shoes on the red carpet instead of the sneakers. Oh well. Love his sass, nevertheless.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    He is a breath of fresh air, both in the images, and his quotes. He sounds refreshingly clear headed about the cray cray that is Hollywood.

  • Chartreusite

    I’m definitely not a big fan of his persistent and aggressive…casualness? (I know that’s probably not the right word, but just his above-the-hollywood-framework vibes that feels callous giving how much privilege he has within the industry and as an icon in popular media), but I do admit he at least livens up the proceedings. That being said, his head looks like it was copy-pasted on the cover.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    hey at least he is wearing grown up shoes, this is a win right there.

    • Judy_S

      Funny, though: he is not actually standing up in them.

      • AmeliaEve

        Oooh, good point Judy_S. I was coming here to remark on the shoes, but if he isn’t standing up, maybe they don’t count.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    “On what he’s bad at as an actor: “Tons. Everything I avoid.””

    This made me like him.

    • Bridget Smith

      “Opening doors.” Ahahaha. Take lessons from Liam Neeson in Love Actually and Viggo Mortensen in The Two Towers: all you have to do is bust through a double door for instant sexy.

  • Chase

    He’s mad as a March hare, and if you kissed him he’d probably taste like cough syrup and cigarettes. But . . . still hella sexy.

    • Celandine1

      Thank you so much! I needed a laugh today and I agree with everything you said.

      • Chase

        I’m glad I could brighten your day! :)

    • Rand Ortega


    • marlie


    • irinaslutsky

      the fact that he’s been off drugs for about 10 years now is really helping him be pretty awesome. the part where his favorite moment finds out he’s just another schmuck! priceless

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love this man. And he’s been through enough shit and conquered some crazy demons to say anything he wants about the industry and life itself.

  • Celandine1

    I kind of like that about him, the smarm. I was glad this wasn’t the cliched guytorial; no 50’s diner, muscle car/convertable, Vegas desert, or cigarette in sight.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ve enjoyed his work as an actor. He’s good looking, and seems like he could be entertaining. He’s not doing much for me, or the clothes, here. My impression of his personality is that between 13 and 22 I’d have fallen for him hard. By 23 I’d learned my lesson – I am waaaay too lazy to deal with anyone who’s high maintenance, however smart.

    • Shannon Stewart

      Nope… Pretty sure I will never outgrow RDJ…

      • formerlyAnon

        To the energetic, the spoils!

  • Christina Diaz

    you know he’s been nominated a couple of times, right?

    • stephbellard

      Yes. But being nominated is not the same as “having a shot at winning.” Neither of his nominations were times when anyone thought he was realistically close to getting an Oscar. If he ever gets close in the future, I guarantee you his opinion of winning an Oscar will change.

  • Janet B

    This is what I like about RDJ, and not a sneaker in sight.

  • Caterina Maria

    Well, the styling’s miles above what he’s been doing lately. :) I admit I have a soft spot for him these days, though, so mine is a biased opinion.

  • Caterina Maria

    Which is pretty much Tony Stark and Pepper Potts’ dynamic, isn’t it?

    • Shawn EH

      He completes her!

      • jetpackdino

        If he cut her hair his work would be done.

  • TheAmericaness

    I so want to be bored of Liam Neeson. DDL. Hugh Jackman. Damien Lewis. Daniel Craig. Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert together. They are the best package ever.

  • Shannon Stewart

    He’s always said that — he finds them political.

    • Violina23

      which, to be fair, they are…

    • MartyBellerMask

      Not untrue… but if you don’t want one, then you don’t have your name submitted for consideration.

      • Bridget Smith

        It’s probably not up to him: a Best Actor nomination or win is such a powerful promotional tactic that the studio would probably never let him withhold his name.

  • NoGovernmentName

    Yeah, no “As a father, an entertainer, and a PERSON…”

    • Kiltdntiltd

      It would absolutely make my month to hear him say that!!!!

      • gabbilevy

        If he did, I suspect he’d be winking right at us BKs.

    • DesertDweller79

      Ah, I wish more people would say that. That is one of my favorite quotes ever. I’d pay to hear Robert Downey Jr say that, I believe.

  • alyce1213

    Great cover shot — what a puss, the eyes are full of life!
    I love him as an actor and a Hollywood character, but not so much when he wears ugly sneakers.

  • SewingSiren

    Do. Not. Like.

  • capybara_cafe

    I think the clothes look good on him, even though he isn’t doing much to actually model them, lol.

  • capybara_cafe

    This. I’ve already forgotten what a train wreck that last outfit was.

  • merciblahblah

    I have loved him ever since I saw him in Tuff Turf with James Spader and Real Housewives of BH’s Kim Richards, circa 1985, Lord help me. He is hot hot hottie McHotpants, and just seems like he would be FUN to hang out with. Robert? Call me…

  • BayTampaBay

    Photoshopped to Hell on the cover. His head looks three sizes to big for his body.

  • marlie

    This is why I love the man.

  • Samantha

    Perfectly suited to smarmy GQ.

  • Imasewsure

    Photos are fun. I believe that he doesn’t care about Oscars but I also like that he cares enough about his job to keep his mouth shut about it (mostly) and do the poledancing (mostly). Hope this style rubs off on him… would love to never see the juvenile crap again

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I feel like he would be exhausting in person, yet I still find him (mostly) delightful.

  • random_poster

    At least he’s consistent about coming across as not giving a shit. I can give or take him, but I do enjoy most of his movies.

  • snarkykitten

    He looks a bit dead in the eyes tbh :/

  • trixietru

    Here’s the thing..I’ve fallen a bit out of love with Robert since his Iron Man smugness. I want to see him act in a part where he doesn’t get to quip at 5 words per second. There’s been too much R Downy Jr in everything he plays lately. *truly believe he is waistline obsessed. Every piece has to be cropped and tapered. Can’t keep his hands from either touching or pointing to his waist. As another commenter points out; his head is approaching Q-tip proportion. Sidenote: SJP dodged a major bullet.

  • Andrea Lane

    Ummm…is he EATING that Iron Man doll?

    Because if so, I LOVE IT.

  • annabelle archer

    Love the quotes..LOVE the cover.

  • siriuslover

    I love it: “I couldn’t care less.” As I said in another thread, my husband had the opportunity to talk to him for awhile backstage at a Golden Globes event a few years ago and he said that he is the nicest, most down-to-earth guy.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      He seems like the type of guy who just wants to show up, do his job as best as he can, then clean up and go home. And I love that about him.

      • Catiline

        He came across that way on Inside the Actor’s Studio, which was an interview I found really refreshing. At some point he said something to the effect of, “The film set isn’t the place to work out your issues with your dad. No one cares. You’re there to do a job.” Very pragmatic. I get the sense he doesn’t take it for granted.

        And I’ll pretty much always love him for helping talk Mark Ruffalo into taking The Avengers. Not only because Ruffalo kicked ass, but because he really deserved the career break.

  • Grace V Daniels

    He totally looks like a bobblehead on the cover. Sexy bobblehead, though.

  • VicksieDo

    I love everything about this, from the quotes to the hot clothes. He looks great.

  • filmcricket

    I’m sure on multiple levels he’s exhausting to deal with. His wife must have the patience of a saint. But for two things he will always have my love: 1) “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, and 2) actually making being a superhero seem *fun*. The whole Nolan/Raimi/even-to-a-degree-Singer emo angst crap pervading films about guys who dress up in costumes to kick ass is a trend I wish had never gotten off the ground (although I realize that some of it at least is based in comic book “canon”). I didn’t see Iron Man 2 and I won’t see 3, but the first one was fun, The Avengers was a blast, and God bless him for being a big part of that.

    • H2olovngrl

      That woe is me I’m a super hero thing drives me nuts! I think that is partly why the show Heroes ultimately failed. They forgot having super powers should have been exciting! And, Nolan, geez…how long was whiny batman gonna be stuck in that damn hole any way? Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon Levitt were the only enjoyable parts of that last Batman movie.

      • TropiCarla

        TOTALLY AGREE about Heroes. What a friggin waste of a good premise. (Can you tell I’m still bitter?)

  • Spreecord

    In the larger context of the quote, he said that him winning an Oscar is just about inevitable, because he’ll either get one for doing a decent movie or they’ll be forced to give him the Lifetime Achievement at some point. In that context, I can see why he wouldn’t care whether or not he wins one. Once you realize that the game is rigged in your favour, what’s the appeal?

    • fursa_saida

      Late, but jumping in to note that it’s really worth reading the article in full–a lot of these quotes get better in the fuller context.

  • Cameron Turner

    so hot…..

  • gabbilevy

    He’s a grown up who gets paid to play with expensive toys and goof around. Why on earth would he act his age?

    • marlie

      And he GETS this fact.

  • marlie

    He’s already been nominated. And he’s won a BAFTA, an Emmy, and a bunch of other awards. So it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

  • MartyBellerMask

    But what about those headlines. UGH. Who reads this crap?

    • marlie

      The same can be said about just every single fashion or lifestyle magazine cover on the stands.

  • Candice Booth

    His giant brown eyes make my knees quiver.

  • Phyllis Craine

    He irritates me

  • BuffaloBarbara

    God bless on the “too emo” movies quote.

  • unbornfawn

    He is what he is, isn’t he?

  • decormaven

    There’s a lot of acting range wheelhouse. From “Less to Zero” to “Restoration” to today’s action flicks. I wish someone could capture his particular energy in a good, meaty, dramatic part. It would be screen worthy. This photo session makes me smile.

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    The cover photo looks as though he’s been surprised on the loo!

  • alice20c

    Pretty sure it’s ironic smarm.

    • Sobaika

      Is that like hipster racism?

      I’m not so sure that its a deliberate joke on his part and even still it’s (personally) icky. But I’m very much in the minority about RDJ charms.

  • Carol

    He’s on my irrational hate list. Though sometimes I wonder if that hate is in fact so irrational.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Is it ever about fashion with this man?

  • Shawn EH

    That moment of schmuck-realization on the set must kick in pretty quick! LOVE U, ROBERT!

  • Erica

    I haven’t seen the Iron Man movies, but that man can act. Way back, when David Kelly gave him a chance on Ally McBeal ( which he screwed up), I thought, wow he makes most of the rest of the folks on this show look like schlubs. Also great as Sherlock Holmes.

    • Catiline

      It’s been years since I watched it, but I remember coming away from Natural Born Killers thinking he was the best part of the movie.

    • H2olovngrl

      That was thought to be more or less a career resurrection for him. He took it and ran with it, didn’t he?

  • F&M Writers House

    delighted to see the correct use of “I couldn’t care less” instead of the oft used “I could care less” to which my English teacher father would ask, “Really? How much less?” Thank you Robert, dad would be proud :)

  • Jessi03

    He is perfection and I love him. Best soundbites ever.

  • anotherkate

    Wait, we like these sound bites? Because “I couldn’t care less” about winning an Oscar sounds childish and foolish to me. You couldn’t care less about automatically making more money if you win? You couldn’t care less about winning something that most people treat as an honor? You’re willing to shit all over other people’s pride in their achievements just to sound cool? Sorry, he comes across like a “nonconformist” teenager. Loved the dig about people being overly emotional in movies, too–either he’s dissing other actors, dissing writers, or dissing directors. Imagine in a young ingenue saying the same stuff. She’d be crucified for not being grateful enough.

    • Shawn EH

      He’s a mixed bag; nobody buys the “too cool for Oscars” schtick anyway.

    • Shannon Stewart

      Yeah, because she wouldn’t have paid her dues — he has. And winning an Oscar isn’t going to improve on his 50 million payday for Avengers.

      • anotherkate

        Eh, you’re right that he’s been in the industry long enough to have paid his dues, but that’s kind of the point–he’s Robert Downey Mothereffing Junior. He doesn’t have to try so hard to sound “cool” and “over it.” I really love his work, and the sentiment behind the “just another schmuck” comment, but I feel like his “I couldn’t care less” comments are the opposite side of the spectrum from Anne Hathaway’s intensely earnest campaign to win. Both annoy me, but in different ways.

        • Cloudybang

          I think you should read the complete interview. The quotes are taken out of context here, the interview is actually pretty long, and he does tempers his “I couldn’t care less”, it’s just that they only quoted that bit.

          link : w w w(DOT)gq(DOT)com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201305/robert-downey-jr-profile-may-2013

          • anotherkate

            Appreciate the link!

  • alice20c

    Bobble-hot! Continuing my enthusiastic support since before the open fly incident.

    Aside from the getting-his-shit-together life triumph, which I adore. There’s something generational about how he reflects reality that I’m loyal to. Our (GenX) collective authenticity obsession that values honesty even in its awkwardness. Even his most Stark-eque smarm has a neurotic delivery. That seems, to me, to acknowledge the unavoidable absurdity of living with expectations of appearing naturally-but-appropriately personable, in a space designed to inspire self-consciousness, for the profit of the already rich. The whole thing looks ridiculous and stressful. He seems to address that without the “woe is me” route of some.

  • mmc2315

    Agreed. He is probably exhausting to be around. Love his face.

  • Pamela Hunt

    Whether or not he cares about winning an Oscar, he should have at least one by now; his performance in “Chaplin” was flat-out astounding. And I would rather see him be whoever he is now than the washed-up drunken, drug addict he was on the road to becoming. Do what you want, RDJ-you’ve earned it through talent and fortitude!

  • clairellis

    I love him. RDJ makes me happy. I like all the things everyone doesn’t like about him. Plus, he’s HOT!!

  • stephbellard

    He looks more like bad breath actually.

  • stephbellard

    He was not close to winning with Chaplin. He was nominated, but that’s not the same thing. That year was all about Al Pacino’s make up award (Scent of a Woman) and the only nominee with even a chance of upsetting him was Denzel Washington (Malcolm X). Factor in Clint Eastwod (Unforgiven) and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) whose films were Best Picture winner and Best Picture nominee respectively, and it’s clear Downey came in 5th in the voting for that lineup. There was literally no buzz that he might actually win.

    And don’t even get me started on Tropic Thunder.

  • DesertDweller79

    Wow. I love those quotes. How I hope that is how he really feels!

  • kathrineb

    Great quotes!

  • lilazander

    Wow! There’s nothing wrong with his feet. They fit in regular shoes after all.

  • shelley514

    He’s a short little imp, huh?