Robert Downey Jr. Says Paul Thomas Anderson Collaboration Is ‘Probably True’

Although Robert Downey Jr. has been all about the superhero action star spectacle films recently, we can’t forget that his body of work pre-“Iron Man” involved a virtual smorgasbord of characters in a lot of quieter think pieces, TV dramedies and quirky indies.

Therefore when the news broke earlier this year that Downey Jr. and director Paul Thomas Anderson might be working together on a big screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” it seemed like a perfect fit for moviemaking magic.

Anyway, when MTV News caught up with the man in question at the press day for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” recently, we asked him if the report about “Inherent Vice” was fact or fiction.

“Anything to do with Paul Thomas Anderson and I doing a movie together is probably true,” Downey Jr. said. “We tend to talk about a variety of potential projects, and Thomas Pynchon’s ’Inherent Vice’ could be great, we’ll see.”

We mentioned the fact that we have hope for the pairing, despite the fact that the in-demand actor seems to be constantly booked.

“I feel like I’m booked but I’m not. I make space for what I want to do,” he said, adding that what he enjoys most about Anderson is the fact that he’s talented and just darn likeable.

“I just think he’s one of our great American directors, I just like hanging out with the guy.”

“Inherent Vice” is set in the swingin’ ’60s and Downey was rumored to play Larry “Doc” Sportello, an L.A.-based private eye who takes on a case involving an ex-girlfriend, her real estate billionaire boyfriend and a kidnapping.