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“A few years ago, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife were fans of ‘Happy Endings’ and they called me to come in to meet with them.  When I got there, Robert was like, ‘I want to create a web presence.’ And I was like, ‘Why? You definitely don’t need to do that.’ And he was like, ‘Well, I want to anyway.’  So I was in charge of coming up with crazy ideas for him to do on the web. Uh, he did none of them.  And then he put me in [Iron Man 3] from that, which was awesome.”

Since then, now, he’ll still text me if something good happens to me and he sees it.  He’ll text me in the middle of the night. Like weird stuff.  Like, if he saw a movie of mine or something, he’ll text me like, ‘Hey it’s your Big Papa here … You did an exquisite job. You didn’t push. You didn’t pull. You pulled it right down the middle. Home run. Over and out.’ And you’re like, ‘What the hell is going on?’

First of all, it’s like 4:00 in the morning and god knows where Iron Man is. And it’s bizarre and you know, I get these pretty frequently!  The only thing I did say to him once was, one time we were in a meeting in his house and he walked downstairs in, no joke, what looked to be a maternity dress.  It was 11am and he rolls downstairs in a maternity dress and a giant Rasta hat. He’s eccentric, you know!  

That was the one time where I was like, ‘You know you look insane, right?’ And he goes, ‘Do I?’”

– Adam Pally (May 11, 2016)

‘Chris can be a delicate flower a little bit,’ Johansson says. 'You just want to pat his back: 'Aw, Chrissy. You’re all right.’ It’s not like Robert [Downey Jr.], who I think puts on a persona to protect his private self. It’s not in Chris’ nature to put on a face that isn’t totally natural.

Scarlett Johansson, Rolling Stone (May 2016).

“Robert, who I think puts on a persona to protect his private self”

It was so intimidating.  But the thing was, I walked into the room on this soundstage, and they had this little set, and Robert (Downey Jr.) took me aside and said, ‘Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It’s nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we’ll just start again. No pressure.’  But that kind of raised the pressure a little bit for me. But he was great and super supportive, and because he said he’d been there and had been in the same situation, it made me relax a little bit.

“Um, I love you! I watched– Avengers, and I saw you and– I saw you, in that and– umm … I love you. [Paul asks “Who do you love more, Iron Man or The Vision more?”] Um, Iron Man.  And– I love you!”

PAUL BETTANY’s four-year-old daughter, Agnes, in an iPhone video sent to Robert Downey Jr.