Robert Downey Jr. admits he was “a little jealous” of Paul Thomas Anderson’s relationship with his father

Robert Downey Jr. opened up about his late filmmaking father’s relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson and admitted he was a bit jealous of their connection.

Netflix’s latest documentary, “Sr.”directed by Chris Smith, stands in homage to the iron man Star’s late father Robert Downey Sr, who died of Parkinson’s in 2021 at the age of 85.

57-year-old Downey Jr. introduces viewers to his father’s life and eclectic career, at one point in the film joking that Anderson is the son his father always wanted, noting that the two always tell him about it would rub their noses.

Address their coveted relationship in a new interview with meetingDowney Jr. said, “Paul Thomas Anderson is a national and industry treasure one could wish for.

“He found a way to have a long life in a way that eluded my father and yet the fact that he took a little inspiration and developed such a fatherly relationship with my father.”

Downey Jr. continued, acknowledging that “sure, I’ve had my moments of jealousy, but I know where I stand and I just respect and adore both of these guys”.

“However, I’m a little jealous of the laughs they had because I feel like these were two guys who were able to get to the bottom of each other’s comedy in a rare way,” added the Oscar-nominated actor.

Robert Downey Jr, his son and his father in “Sr”

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“I celebrate that in the film. I also just thought it was a good sentence,” he explained of his earlier joke. “Sometimes in ‘sr.’ I was just like, ‘What’s the button we need here’ or ‘What’s going to give them something to edit to and how can I pass the baton on this great sequence of this footage that we have of them? ‘”

After thanking Anderson for “allowing us to put him in this story,” Downey Jr. teased, “What can I do besides take this guy’s knee?”

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Anderson is best known for films including It will be blood, boogie nights and Liquorice Pizza.

Elsewhere in the interview, Downey Jr. hit back at Quentin Tarantino’s past criticism of Marvel films, saying, “Creatively, it’s a waste of time to be at war with ourselves.”

In a separate interview with The IndependentSmith spoke about the late Downey Sr.’s reaction to his son’s Marvel success.

“I definitely think there were movies [Downey Sr] didn’t care,” Smith said. “And I think, as Robert would freely admit, his father wouldn’t hide his contempt if he didn’t like something.

“But you know, when we asked him about the Marvel movies — sort of iron man especially – I remember he loved it. He said, ‘You’ve got a guy who wants to give up his guns!’ I think he was really proud to be honest.”

“Sr.” is now available on Netflix. Robert Downey Jr. admits he was “a little jealous” of Paul Thomas Anderson’s relationship with his father


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