Robert Downey Jr. walked away with his fourth consecutive People’s Choice Award win during the 41st annual show Wednesday night. After the “The Judge" actor was recognized by fans as their Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor and Favorite Movie Actor, he delivered a memorable acceptance speech.
Despite most film stars working towards gaining critical acclaim and scoring big box office numbers for their work, the 49-year-old actor revealed that he cares more about pleasing his fans when it comes to selecting his movie roles. “I love going to the movies and I always think, ‘what would an audience want to see?’ when I’m picking the roles that I would do. When I’m performing, or working on the scenes, or whatever,” Downey said.
While Downey revealed he does have a specific method to choosing his roles, the veteran film star said he is not genre specific when it comes to finding his next project. “I love doing all kind of movies,” he said. “I like doing comedies or dramas, like ‘The Judge,’ or action movies. I enjoy playing a superhero here or there as well,” he added. Following his starring roles in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” film franchises, his reference to the superhero genre resulted in cheers from the crowd.
After divulging his movie selection process, the actor gave a unique message to his fans. “I’m actually very grateful. I guess I'll keep my day job. And I’ll just end up saying this, because I’m going to keep in your good favor,” Downey said, before quoting a comment his 2-year-old son, Exton, said to his wife, Susan, prior to the awards show. “I want to eat you up and you’re never going anywhere.”
Downey was up against Brad Pitt (“Fury“), Hugh Jackman (“X-Men:Days of Future Past“), Mark Wahlberg (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Channing Tatum (“Foxcatcher”) in the category. He was presented his award by “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin and “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez.
Watch his acceptance speech at the 2015 People's Choice Awards below: