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Updated January 22nd, 2024 at 23:31 IST

Oppenheimer Star Robert Downey Jr Calls The Film ‘Terrible Tragedy’ For Director Christopher Nolan

This Oppenheimer actor playfully pokes fun at Christopher Nolan's street recognition surge post-Oppenheimer. Nolan received the Trailblazer Award recently.

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Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer turned out to be a massive success post its release in July 2023. The has garnered applause from both critics and audiences all over the world. Recently, at the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Downey Jr. presented the Trailblazer Award to director Christopher Nolan. The Iron Man actor who himself too is a part of the Oppenheimer's cast humorously noted that the colossal success of Oppenheimer had an unintended consequence. The film made Nolan more visible to the public, which he playfully deemed a "terrible tragedy."

Robert Downey Jr. called Oppenheimer a ‘Terrible Tragedy’ for director Christopher Nolan

Robert Downey Jr. joked that the massive success of Oppenheimer unintentionally made Nolan more recognizable to the public and how that's a “terrible tragedy”. The actor humorously talked about a recent setback for the filmmaker and encouraged the audience to boost his spirits. Downey Jr amusingly commented about Nolan, saying, "I don't mean to bring this up, I know it's very personal, but he has become recognizable on the street."

Robert Downey Jr. called Oppenheimer a ‘Terrible Tragedy’ for director Christopher Nolan I Image: IMDb

Further in the event, Christopher Nolan in his acknowledgment speech, fondly credited his wife, producer Emma Thomas. The director highlights her role in both his films and their four children. Reflecting on his Sundance debut more than two decades ago with Memento, Nolan expressed the uniqueness of the festival for filmmakers and how the experience shaped his journey.

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Award-Winning streak continues for Oppenheimer I Image: IMDb

Award-Winning streak continues for Oppenheimer

Nolan's recent accolade, the Trailblazer Award, adds to his string of successes, following Best Director wins at the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Oppenheimer. Robert Downey Jr, who earned the Best Supporting Actor award at the same events, shared the spotlight in the film depicting J. Robert Oppenheimer, with a stellar ensemble cast including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh.

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The steller cast of Oppenheimer I Image: IMDb

Amid the celebratory atmosphere, Downey Jr's light-hearted commentary on Nolan's newfound street recognition added a touch of humor to the event, showcasing the camaraderie between the two industry heavyweights. As Oppenheimer continues to rake in accolades, it remains clear that both Downey Jr and Nolan are riding high on the success of their collaboration, providing a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of Hollywood's acclaimed talents.

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Published January 22nd, 2024 at 23:31 IST

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