Robert Downey Jr. trigger a Oppenheimerbomb-sized with his latest statement. Yes, it’s official: Oppenheimer is the crowning achievement of the actor in the cinema, according to RDJ.

Now consider the breadth of the comedian’s impressive career. Even before Downey Jr. donned the iconic Iron Man costume in 2008 and consequently became one of the most recognizable superheroes to grace the Silver Screen, the actor made a wide range of memorable films from less than zero For Thunder in the tropics For sherlock holmes. And none of them stack up like Christopher Nolan’s latest film. rdj said Deadline:

“I’ll just say it: It’s the best movie I’ve ever acted in. And I can’t wait for you all to experience it.”

Nolan and Robert Downey Jr. respect each other and are both members of the comic book fraternity: Nolan led DC’s Dark Knight Trilogy, while RDJ made his bones in Marvel’s cinematic sandbox. And Nolan didn’t lose sight of how lucky he was to have a Hollywood A-lister with RDJ’s influence and acting lineup working on Oppenheimer. Nolan told the Los Angeles Time:

“He’s one of our great actors, and although a generation of kids knows what a great movie star he is, they haven’t seen his subtlety and his genius. I wanted him to do something completely different, getting lost in another human being. When was the last time we saw that? “Chaplin”? The directors are very aware of Downey’s talent, but because of his incredible energy that can cross screen, it’s hard to find the right thing for him.

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Robert Downey Jr. had no qualms about playing Oppenheimer

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Join the cast of Nolan’s Oppenheimer was a no-brainer for Robert Downey Jr. The actor clearly has the advantage of picking his projects without worrying about where the next payday will come from thanks to his time playing billionaire Tony Stark. According InitiatedDowney Jr. received $435 million for playing Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man in the 10 MCU films he appeared in.

The actor said IndieWire:

“At this point, you’re not doing it for the money. Have you ever done it for money once your basic needs have been met? Probably not. Did you think it was a question of money and prestige? Probably from my teenage years until this illusion dissolved in front of me, leaving me in a depressed state. But then there’s the why: I don’t know why I can relate so much to Lewis Strauss, but I felt like I was meant to play this role and I knew I would be in good hands. Oppenheimer was a bit of a dividing line for me.

There’s still a week to go OppenheimerNolan’s theatrical opening, so there are no ratings from Rotten Tomatoes or CinemaScores to prove how good Nolan’s new venture is. But audiences and critics won’t have to wait much longer. First screenings of Oppenheimer in theaters Thursday, July 20.