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Robert Downey Jr. Unruffled by Oscars Joke, Praises Jimmy Kimmel

At 59, Robert Downey Jr., the newly minted Academy Award winner, exudes the calm confidence of a Hollywood icon who has navigated the highs and lows of an illustrious career. Gracing the cover of Esquire’s spring 2024 issue, Downey Jr. shared insights into his life, career, and the humor that comes with both. Notably, he addressed the joke made by Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel at the 96th Oscars ceremony—a playful nod to Downey Jr.’s past challenges with addiction. Displaying his characteristic resilience and humor, Downey Jr. brushed off the moment with grace, affirming his affection for Kimmel by stating, “I don’t care. I love Jimmy Kimmel. I think he’s a national treasure.”

This testament to Downey Jr.’s magnanimity came shortly after his landmark victory at the Oscars, where he clinched his first Best Actor award for his riveting portrayal of Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”. Beyond the accolades, Downey Jr. credits his wife, Susan, as his cornerstone, acknowledging her pivotal role in his journey back to the zenith of his career. With the promise of “a couple other tricks up my sleeve,” Downey Jr.’s story remains one of resilience, reinvention, and the power of love and humor to transcend life’s toughest trials.


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