Robert Downey Jr. reminisces about his early life prior to entering Hollywood

During the 2024 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the 58-year-old reflected on his early work experiences before his Hollywood career.

“I worked at a sandwich shop. I worked at a shoe store, but I had sticky fingers and I got fired after two weeks,” shared the Oppenheimer star, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award.

“This is before those closed-circuit cameras where they monitor who might be sitting. I was not very good at it,” he admitted.

“I worked in clubs and I worked at Thrifty’s in Santa Monica,” he continued. “I made it to busboy, but I didn’t really have the panache to be a waiter, I was told, so I had to resort to theatre.”

Discussing his collaboration with co-star Cillian Murphy, Robert disclosed, “Cillian is straight man to no one. He is just, I think, beginning to understand by the reaction he gets when he comes to places that he’s a force of nature,” referring to their work on the Christopher Nolan film.

Furthermore, Robert has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer at the upcoming Academy Awards, scheduled for March 10th.

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