Actor says he’s target of online character assassination

Robert Downey Jr regularly looks himself up on the internet.

The actor is interested in what the public think of him and often checks out chatrooms to see what fans are saying.

‘Oh, I love all that sh*t, personally,’ he tells Newsweek. ‘Sorry. I love just it. Because it’s a hoot. Some people overstate their support, like they know you.

‘Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination, which I honestly think they kind of nailed. I do have that shortcoming. It’s really fun.’

Robert, 43, is up for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Tropic Thunder.