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Robert Downey Jr is about to rule the box office again with The Avengers: Age of Ultron being unleashed in theaters on Friday. It is an epic action spectacular filled with big stars and big special effects. So when Downey stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week, we asked him if the big-budget spectacular gave the actor a craving to go in the other direction and spend some time working on a small indie movie before strapping the Iron Man suit on again. The answer: a most definitive no. Why? Well, allow Downey to explain as only Downey can, which includes an imaginary conversation between him and an indie filmmaker:

“Because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like, ‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew—can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we’re doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?’”

“I thought it’s mediocre.”

“Yeah, isn’t it the greatest?! Man, everyone’s an artist here.”

“Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame.”

Wow. That’s a blow only Iron Man himself could deliver. If you’d like to hear the entire exchange for yourself—and you really should—just click on the SoundCloud below.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
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