December 4, 2023

Robert Downey Jr. is displaying that cash and materials gadgets do not imply that a lot to him.

Within the newly launched Max present “Downey’s Dream Automobiles,” the actor “relinquishes management” of his automotive assortment, which he refers to as artifacts of his success.

“The money and prizes, it’s by no means been what motivated me. So, I shouldn’t be stunned that it’s nonetheless not,” Downey stated on the present’s premiere, which was held final week on the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Robert Downey Jr. is giving up management of a few of his most prized possesions within the new “Downeys Dream Automobiles.” (Getty Photographs / Getty Photographs)

Whereas “Downey’s Dream Automobiles” may be very a lot a present for gearheads, it isn’t restricted to that viewers. Downey experiments with style in a type of eco-friendly “Pimp My Trip” that can be half memoir and a documentary in regards to the newest developments in clear expertise.


In each episode, Downey is permitting consultants to change his automotive assortment, making them environmentally sustainable by changing them to turn into electrical, changing them to run on biodiesel gasoline and even affixing them with mushroom leather-based.

The actor hopes it is going to be a glimpse into the way forward for sustainability and espouses optimism by that includes what’s attainable now in addition to what technological progress guarantees.

Downey’s spouse, Susan, is an government producer on the present in addition to an environmental activist.

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey

Robert Downey Jr.’s spouse, Susan Downey serves as an government producer on the brand new MAX authentic collection “Downey’s Dream Automobiles.” (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Photographs)

Though she stated they each really feel a private accountability within the struggle in opposition to local weather change, Susan praised her husband for his efforts to carry companies accountable.

“It’s to not absolve the on a regular basis particular person of any accountability they’ve, however actually recognizing, to make the numerous modifications, they must function at a a lot larger stage,” she stated.

Downey based FootPrint Coalition Ventures, a enterprise capital fund that invests in local weather expertise and synthetic intelligence.

Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr.

Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. attend Max’s “Downey’s Dream Automobiles” occasion on June 16, 2023. (Jeff Kravitz / Getty Photographs)

The “Iron Man” star has ventured into the automotive trade prior to now. Final August, California-based Kindred Motorworks revealed a lineup of “restomod” basic automobiles and vans, which mix authentic our bodies with fashionable powertrains and expertise.

The corporate closed a $20 million funding spherical that included an funding from Footprint Coalition, which is concentrated on backing environmentally pleasant endeavors.


“Discovering Kindred was the serendipity of life imitating artwork,” Footprint Coalition managing accomplice Jonathan Schulhof instructed Fox Information Digital on the time.

“Alongside our companions at TeamDowney (Downey and his spouse Susan’s manufacturing firm), we’re making a TV collection that includes eco-restorations to basic automobiles. That gave us firsthand expertise with two issues: EV conversions are laborious to do appropriately, and there is huge demand for these eco-converted basic automobiles. And so, after we met Rob, and realized in regards to the Kindred group’s methodical, expertise operations pushed method to this, we have been satisfied we have been backing a profitable resolution.”

Robert Downey Jr. red carpet

Robert Downey Jr. attends the Los Angeles premiere of the MAX authentic collection “Downey’s Dream Automobiles” on June 16, 2023. (Emma McIntyre / Getty Photographs)

Regardless of many individuals’s considerations over the uncharted territory AI has already traversed, Downey believes in its skill to struggle local weather change and suspects fears of its capabilities could also be to some extent unwarranted.


“Any time there’s been an actual rising expertise that was in all probability going to be important, there’s all the time a effectively of worry and hope,” he stated, arguing that each should be tempered, even when he does assume it may be used for good. “I’m not anxious about it, however it’s one thing I believe we must always have correct pointers for.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.