1. “The Grantland Q&A: Robert Downey Jr.” The Avengers star on life inside and outside of Iron Man’s armor.
“Right, no, where you’re knocking, I don’t know where the knob to that door is. I know that it opens by itself, and I step into it sometimes, but it’s not that I can’t distinguish my personal reality from my career. There’s a ... there’s some constellation that is this experience, this planet ... let me put it this way: I ran into Keanu Reeves a dozen years ago. He just got back from shooting the first Matrix, and I said to him, naïvely, ’Hey, man, how’d that go?’ He was like, ’I’ve been on another planet for nine months.’ And I was like, ’Uh, OK, how’d the shoot go?’ But once I saw it, I was like, man, I didn’t know. Once I saw the movie, any question I could have asked him was answered in that answer. Mine has been more of a slow-burn version of that. It was a business and a creative thing, it was a personal thing, it was an intuitive thing. And now it’s become, I don’t know, I think it’s like a national product.”