Robert Downey Jr. on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Script: Printed on Red Paper and Hypnotizing

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr., known for his roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently opened up about his experience reading the script for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, “Oppenheimer.” The actor, who is set to play Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, in the movie, shared his thoughts on the unique script in a recent interview.

According to Downey Jr., the “Oppenheimer” script was unlike any he had encountered before. He revealed that the entire screenplay was printed on red paper with black ink, which made it quite challenging to read. Downey Jr. admitted that he found it difficult to read the black ink against the red background, calling it “kind of difficult, at best.” He further described the experience as “a bit unnerving.” Emily Blunt, who stars alongside Downey Jr. as Kitty Oppenheimer, also chimed in, agreeing that there was something intriguing about the red paper script.

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Despite the initial challenges posed by the unique script presentation, Downey Jr. shared an interesting observation. He mentioned that there was something captivating about the script’s color choice that almost felt hypnotic. “I guess there’s something about it that makes it that you forget it as soon as you read it,” he said. He likened the experience to being hypnotized, which added a fascinating dimension to his encounter with the screenplay.

“Oppenheimer” is an eagerly awaited movie from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan. The film draws inspiration from the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Prometheus,” penned by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. It delves into the captivating life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant American physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb. Portraying J. Robert Oppenheimer in the movie is Cillian Murphy.

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Nolan’s approach to script delivery is known for its privacy and personal touch. He prefers to hand-deliver scripts to actors instead of sharing them digitally. In a recent feature for The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan explained his reasoning behind this method. He emphasized that it’s not about secrecy but about privacy and the ability to try new things without the pressures of a digital environment. He values face-to-face discussions with actors after they have read the script to understand their perspectives and insights.

In Downey Jr.’s case, the opportunity to work with Christopher Nolan was compelling enough to overlook the unique script presentation. The actor visited Nolan’s Los Angeles home to read the script and was immediately impressed. Nolan, a renowned director behind blockbuster hits like “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” handpicked Downey Jr. for the role. Reflecting on the meeting, Downey Jr. recounted how Nolan asked him if he would take on the role after reading the script, and the actor replied with a resounding yes, despite not needing the typical series of phone calls.

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“Oppenheimer” is set to hit theaters on Friday, and fans are eagerly awaiting the release of this highly anticipated film. As the world waits to witness the collaborative efforts of Christopher Nolan and Robert Downey Jr. on the big screen, the film promises to be a gripping and visually stunning portrayal of a significant chapter in history.