So, you're a big movie star. You have a lead role in one of the biggest superhero movies of all time. You get a bit full of yourself.
Robert Downey Jr admits he fell into that trap. But this isn't a story about a star overestimating themselves - it's about what it made him realize - and becoming a better person because of it.
After Iron Man took over half a billion dollars, RDJ was pretty sure he'd be the biggest thing in The Avengers. That's not unreasonable - Iron Man kind of made The Avengers happen - but he soon learned that ego is nothing next to unity. He told Vanity Fair:
I’ve gone from being convinced that I am the sole integer in the approbation of a phenomenon to realizing that I was the lead in the first of a series of movies that created a chain reaction...
It takes a big man to learn from his mistakes, to hold his hands up and admit he was wrong. It gets even better:
And you go, O.K., life is doing something here that included me but did not require me. But, yes, that role means a lot. Marvel is kind of like this sacred brotherhood.
Wow. RDJ has made an amazing personal journey from ego-pumped lead man to sacred brotherhood, and as movie fans, it's an honor to have him share that with us.
Robert Downey Jr has hit on the most important thing in life, something essential to true happiness: being part of something bigger than yourself. And that's pretty cool.