Robert Downey Jr. said no to Disney’s Oscars campaign and responds to Scorsese’s comments

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In a new interview with Howard Stern, “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. reveals that he refused Disney’s campaign for the Oscars and he also reveals his true feelings of Martin Scorsese’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise.

Earlier this week, Robert Downey Jr. sat down for an interview with Howard Stern, where he discussed his career in the Marvel franchise and some of the more recent headlines to make waves on the internet regarding the MCU and Downey’s beloved Iron Man character. One pressing topic with awards season approaching was the idea of Downey being nominated for an Oscar.

During their conversation, Stern asks Downey if he was ever nominated for an Oscar as Iron Man. To which, Downey replies “No.” As Stern begins to discuss the famed film character, Downey cuts Stern off to say: “I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, and I said ‘let’s not’ and because I’m much more like you than you might really want to believe,” Downey Jr. told Stern. “I listen to the show and I agree with most all of your opinions, varied though they may be. Occasionally, you’ll go on some tributary trail of thought [and] I’ll go like, ‘Oh that’s not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way.”

This past week, petitions have been started online for Downey to be considered for an Oscar in the 2020 Oscars awards for the Best Actor category. It’s believed that the hype for Downey to be considered for the prestigious award began with “Avengers: Endgame” co-director Joe Russo, who said he felt that Downey deserved an Oscar for his performance in the blockbuster film. Although, from this new interview it seems Downey wants the opposite.

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During the interview, Stern also brought up recent comments made by esteemed Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who said Marvel films are “not cinema.”

Stern went on to ask Downey if he was insulted when Scorsese said “Marvel” and “Iron Man” wasn’t cinema? To which, Downey replied, “No, it would be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio.” Downey continued with his thought by saying, “It’s his opinion. I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to the center and move on.”

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As “Spider-Man: Far From Home” marked the end of Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fourth phase is set to begin in 2020 with the upcoming standalone “Black Widow” film–which is rumored to feature a reprised cameo by Robert Downey Jr in his character of Iron Man/Tony Stark.

What are your thoughts on Downey turning down Disney’s Oscars campaign and his reaction to Martin Scorsese’s comments about the Marvel film universe? Let us know in the comments!

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