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Robert Downey Jr. on Oscar: 'I'm Getting One'

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Downey Jr. — not exactly known for his modesty — is calling himself one of the best actors of his generation.

“I’m probably one of the best,” the Iron Man star said in the latest issue of GQ. “But it’s not that big a deal. It’s not like this is the greatest swath or generation of actors that has ever come down the pike.”

The Oscar-nominated actor believes he will take home an Academy Award before he dies.

“Because I’m young enough, and I’m running down being occupied with these kind of genre movies, close enough,” the 48-year-old actor said. “Even the next thing we’re doing with [my wife, Susan Downey], I’m so confident about it. It’s the best script the studio has; it’s the best thing I’ve read in years.”

He added, “Look, even if I don’t get one directly, eventually they’re just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I’m getting one.”

Despite that, he prides himself on being a regular guy.

“Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I’m just another schmuck that they’re bored of hanging out with on a set,” he said. “I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.”

Unlike a lot of his Hollywood peers, Downey had no problem discussing salary.

Asked whether he made about $50 million to appear as Iron Man in The Avengers, he told the GQ interviewer, “Yeah.”

“Isn’t that crazy?” he added. “I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.’”

It was Downey’s persistence that won him the role of Iron Man to begin with. When director Jon Favreau first approached Marvel, the comic book company told him, “Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.” But Downey persisted until he got a screen test.

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Beyonce's 7 Revelations on Life and Her Career

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- From raising one of the most famous babies in Hollywood to a new $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi, it seems as if Beyonce can do it all, and all at the same time. Since her early days with Destiny’s Child, the 31-year-old hasn’t stopped pushing her way to the top.

The singer opened up to GQ about what she’s learned and how she does it all.

1. She deserves her success.

“I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it,” she said.

2. She approaches her shows like an athlete.

“You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself.”

3. She has a Beyonce archive.
The singer keeps a record of almost every existing photograph, interview, video and video diary she’s ever made.

4. Her career is more than important to her. It’s a necessity.

"I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it,” she said. “Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.”

5. She believes women should be financially independent from their men.

“Let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show,” she said. “It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

6. She loses herself on stage.

“It’s like a blackout,” she said. “When I’m onstage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.”

7. She knows she’s got power.

"I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand,” she said.

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Friendless and Nearly Broke, Terrell Owens Says ‘I’m in Hell’

Christopher Blumenshine/Getty Images for GQ(NEW YORK) -- Terrell Owens, the former NFL star receiver who has signed to play for and co-own an indoor football team, is friendless and nearly broke, he told GQ magazine. “I’m in hell,” Owens, 38, said he tells people who ask about his well-being.

After the Cincinnati Bengals did not renew his one-year, $2 million contract last year, Owens has been suffering from his financial shortcomings, including ventures gone bad and child support for his four children, he said.

The $80 million or so he had made in his career is almost gone, he said, but not because he lived a lavish lifestyle.

In a profile story in GQ’s February issue, Owens said his financial advisers lured him into risky investments such as an Alabama entertainment complex that cost him $2 million. He later learned the venture was illegal in the state and violated the NFL’s policy of prohibiting players from investing in gambling, he said.

He also owns a slew of properties that he thought he would be able to rent before the housing market tanked, he said. He has a home in Los Angeles that cost him $499,000 and a multimillion-dollar home that is for sale in Atlanta. The home in New Jersey for which he paid $3.9 million was sold in late 2010 for $1.7 million, he said.

Owens also pays $44,600 a month in child support for his four children, ages 5 to 12. Three of the four mothers have sued him.

The football player laments about losing trust in people and friends. When people text and ask where he is, he answers, “I’m in hell.”

“I don’t have no friends,” he told GQ. "I don’t want no friends. That’s how I feel.”

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