Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man, he was a Pick-Up Artist.

At the age of 22, he played Jack Jericho and was romancing none other than The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink's Molly Ringwald, a fellow member of what was referred to as the Brat Pack of the '80s, in the 1987 romantic comedy The Pick-Up Artist, which was the first movie to feature Downey in a main role.

In an interview carried out for what is now E!, Downey, looking adorable in a black T-shirt, talked about making the leap from supporting actor to leading man...and it seemed like he wasn't too comfortable being in the spotlight.

"I don't believe in like, supporting casts because I believe everyone is a supporting player and I believe every movie whether you're called the lead or whatever, you're a supporting player," he said.

"Because, you know, Mildred Dunnock plays my grandmother but the movie could easily be about, when I come and go, ‘Hi Grandma, take your medicine,' and then I leave to go out and cruise the streets, you might as well...the movie could be about what she does when I'm gone—playing Checkers or, you know, showering up or something."

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He also gave some insight into his behind-the-scenes experience.

"When you do supporting roles, you know, you'll see the lead actor in the corner getting really pissed because the producer is saying, ‘Smile!' and then the director comes and goes, ‘This is the one scene where you shouldn't smile,'" he said.

"But again, I think what really helped me a lot what just thinking of it as an ensemble piece and I'm just, I'm Jack but when...this extra walks by in the scene and goes into this card shop, they've got their own day too," he added.

You can catch Downey in his latest starring role, as Iron Man again, after The Avengers: Age of Ultron is released this Friday.

Watch the trailer for The Pick-Up Artist here:

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