I found this scene utterly heartbreaking. Not just because of Coulson’s death but because of the way Downey played it. He has no dialogue and is in frame for most of the sequence. For many of the actors I know, that is a nightmare scenario. He has nothing to say verbally and he can’t over play his gestures because it would detract from Sam’s speech. For almost two minutes Robert convey’s Tony’s utter grief and confusion and ultimately anger with nothing but his breathing and his eyes. The performance is perfect. It is elegantly understated and yet devastating in it’s vulnerable honesty. It is in scenes like this that Robert elevates his acting to a whole other level and his inherent gift truly shines through.
RDJ along with Johnny Depp are actors I consider massively overlooked for their talent