Downey earned an Oscar nomination for portraying a white actor playing a black soldier in hopes of getting an Oscar nomination. "I signed up to do it, and then I did 'Iron Man,' and I thought, 'You know, I think I just buried myself. I did a movie that is going to reestablish me here in a little way, and now I'm going to squander any goodwill I have.' "
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