Robert Downey Jr. Opens up About His Time in Jail Long Before Playing Marvel’s Iron Man

by Jeremy Spirogis
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. often doesn’t discuss his troubles with dependancy or arrests for it. He even walked out of an interview for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron when the reporter introduced it up. He will need to have trusted his fellow actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes as a result of he opened up for them. 

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

Downey was a visitor on their SmartLess podcast on Aug. 30. When discussing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Downey talked about it reminded him of incarceration.

Robert Downey Jr. is delicate to individuals experiencing isolation for the primary time 

Downey stated the coronavirus isolation reminded him of his earlier stints in court-imposed isolation. However, he’s additionally delicate to individuals experiencing it for the primary time, by way of no fault of their very own. 

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Robert Downey Jr. w/ L-R: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

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“What’s the real element here is an unprecedented psychological shift,” Downey stated. “Having done actual time, there’s something very interesting about having your movement limited. For kids that’s tough. What everyone is going through is what they’re going through. It’s specific to them and it is a big deal.”

Robert Downey Jr. recollects three jail or stints

In the ’80s and ’90s, Downey had a number of arrests associated to his addictions. Downy recounted the small print.

I did 12 days as soon as, 4 months [and] 13 days a second time after which one thing like three years or two and a half. The final time, it didn’t matter as a result of it was state time. It simply means you’re not in county, you’re not in some terrible spot. You’re simply in an precise jail the place you will have considerably extra freedom. I do know that Judge Mira, God bless him, threw the ebook, his gavel, his wig and the bench at me. So, I feel I had a 3 yr suspended sentence however then I appealed it. It turned out he had oversentenced me and I don’t blame him for it. I’d have performed the identical factor. I feel it was 26 months.

Robert Downey Jr., SmartLess podcast 8/30/2020

Time to assume

Downey stated he valued his time in jails as a result of it compelled him to confront his issues. 

“First of all, I probably deserved it, so that helps,” Downey stated. “Second of all, it’s very monastic and rather dangerous and isolating. It’s awful. It’s traumatic. I think I said this before but here’s a crazy ting too. If you’ve had a trippy life, and I think all of us can agree that just being in the entertainment field, we know the psychological breakdown of folks like us.”

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Robert Downey Jr. | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

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Downey additionally acknowledged that he was not in a hardcore normal inhabitants most safety jail.

“Something about having a cell door close behind you, this was when I was in Twin Towers [Jail] in the ‘glamor slammer,’ you will never be safer than you are when a correctional officer or the sheriffs lock you down in that room,” Downey stated. “As long as you trust your cellie, you willn ever be safer than that until the morning when they pop ‘em open.”

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