SHH!: If you could have a superhero power, what would it be and why?
Downey: How do you feel about asking me that question? Let me answer that by not answering it. Statistically, women want to fly. Men want to be invisible. But my one superpower would be to go through an entire press day in four seconds.
The rest of the interview isn't that hostile. The Rhino DVD of the 1969 arthouse movie Putney Swope includes a video interview with the director, Robert Downey, Senior. He has the same eyes as Junior, and behind them one perceives a similar wit and intelligence (but not so much the pain). Downey Senior is a god to such luminaries as director PT Anderson and an unbelievable artist but is now swallowed up in his son's considerable shadow.