Robert Downey Jr. Stars In A New Streaming Series

Robert Downey Jr. is starring in the series Downey's Dream Cars.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Robert Downey Jr. is launching a new docuseries called Downey’s Dream Cars. The show, set to premiere on Max, follows the actor as he transforms six vintage cars from his personal collection into environmentally friendly vehicles. The project comes after Jeremy Renner’s Disney+ offering Rennervations, in which he ingeniously repurposes old vehicles into creations that benefit the community.

“I think it’s so wild that he and I have both had this kind of departures from our day job together,” Robert Downey Jr. told The Hollywood Reporter at the Los Angeles premiere of Downey’s Dream Cars. “We will have to compare notes,” he said of the show’s similarities. “And like we always say, and I will say to Jeremy again, ‘I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.’”

Promotional art for Jeremy Renner’s Rennervations

The idea for the series came after Robert Downey Jr. founded the Footprint Coalition, a company that fights climate change by investing in innovative technology. Reflecting on the extensive car collection owned by the actor, his wife, Susan Downey, noticed a need for more alignment between the vehicles and their environmental goals.

This realization led them to develop Downey’s Dream Cars – a show that captures people’s interest, sparks conversations about the future of transportation, avoids preaching, and engages the audience. Robert Downey Jr. teamed up with specialists from various parts of the United States for the conversions, with each vehicle showcasing a distinct form of environmental technology.

All the cars were on display during the premiere at the Petersen Automotive Museum on June 16. The showcase also featured an announcement from Robert Downey Jr., who revealed that the vehicles would be offered as prizes in a sweepstakes. The generated funds will be given to the Footprint Coalition to support the expansion of planet-saving technologies.

Another highlight was a discussion with fellow car enthusiast Dax Shepard following the screening. During the chat, Robert Downey Jr. shared his perspective on the show, stating that he views it as a symbol with broader significance, especially considering the increasing number of companies undertaking large-scale eco-conversions.

Robert Downey Jr. further expressed his optimism, saying, “I think between the aggregate of the people who know how to do this and then places where they’ll be able to do it a little more to scale, I think it’s possible to not have all of these more classic cars continue to dump carbon on us.” The actor’s two youngest children, 11-year-old son Exton and 8-year-old daughter Avri, will also appear in the series.

Robert Downey Jr. expressed his delight about working with them, describing it as a “blast.” While discussing Exton’s participation, he mentioned how his wife, Susan raised him to be natural and not overly eager to perform. The actor also shared his admiration for Avri, noting that she brings a unique energy to the series. Downey’s Dream Cars will be available on Max on June 22.

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Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The movie chronicles the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the renowned theoretical physicist who played a pivotal role in the development of the atomic bomb. Drawing inspiration from the 2005 biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, the film features Cillian Murphy in the lead role.

Oppenheimer also features a talented ensemble cast, including Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie as Edward Teller, Michael Angarano as Robert Serber, and Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence. The film will hit theaters on July 21.