At 5’9’’, Downey Jr. doesn’t quite measure up to some of his co-star and we don’t mind it one bit. But it seems like Robert doesn’t like being the short-man. Well, during a production of “Iron man” and its sequels, Robert wore “heels” or rather lifts to appear taller on camera. It won’t be wrong to assume that he liked this taller version of himself because he is often spotted wearing wedged sneakers. Remember the Checkered Givenchy pair that he wore to his 50th birthday party in 2015? Yep, those were wedged and stood at a cool $2000 mark.
Drugs have been an important part of Robert’s life, no denying the fact. So why have we brought this up here? Well, his first encounter with drugs wasn’t what you would expect. He wasn’t coaxed into it in a shady low-rent Hollywood party. His dad introduced him to weed when he was just 7 years old. There, we said it! It was on the sets of his first movie, Pound where his father offered him a voice over role and also the first taste of marijuana. The actor still cites this moment as the one that sparked his obsession with substances.
Burger King Saved Life
Remember the time when Robert Downey Jr. was practically living on drugs? From crack to cocaine, his body was cocktail of substances. Anyway, around the time, Robert was driving around town with his car full of narcotics when he felt hungry and decided to get a burger from BK. The meal should have been juicy and delicious but what Robert was served was the most rotten meal of his life. When he was eating the burger he had a strange feeling that something bad is about to happen and got rid of all the drugs. Now you know how he got rid of the habit, so strange.
One Day Rehab Leave
Robert’s journey in and out of rehab facilities is no news, the world knows about it. But what most of fans don’t know is that back in 2001 he got a one day leave from the rehab center to shoot for a music video. Elton John had enlisted director Sam Taylor-Johnson to come up with a video for the song I want Love. Sam’s idea was simple and brilliant- alone man walking around an empty house and lip syncing the song. Simple? Nope, because she wanted Robert Downey Jr. for it who was in rehab. But things worked out and he was out for a day, took 16 takes but recorded a one shot video.
Media is always brimming about life of Robert Downey Jr. but what they may have missed is his education in England and more importantly the ballet training that he received there. We knew this would shock you because nobody really associates Robert with dance. In 1977 he attended the famous Perry House School in Chelsea, London. There he endured grueling ballet sessions as a 10-years-old student. He didn’t stay long because with his father’s work, they were always on the move. And during the time that he did spend there, he was always acting like “a moron” rather than perfecting his pirouettes.
Sarah Jessica Parker
It might seem strange to you that with a “colorful” past like Robert’s, his love life was comparatively less of a rainbow. He’s married twice and these days, rumors of linkups are also non-existent because uhmm, he really has straightened up. But in the early stages of their careers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. were dating. They met on the set of 1984 drama Firstborn when they were both 18 years old and moved in together just eight weeks after they began dating. They stood strong for 8 long years but then Robert’s addiction ruined things between the two and a lovely power-couple broke off.
Funeral for Clothes
You know Robert did a movie, Chaplin? According to him, the movie took him out of this debauched subculture and back into the world of serious acting. At this point, the actor wanted to cut ties with the past and set himself free for a more promising future. And how did he do that? He took all the clothes he’d worn on his final Brat Pack outing, less than zero, and buried them all in his own back yard. This was pretty symbolic but the very next day Robert felt this was stupid. His thoughts didn’t stay for long because about 4 days later he could feel a change.
Leaving the Burger King incident aside, Downey Jr. Thinks of food all the time. Being Iron man is not easy, it requires some serious self-control. In Robert’s own words, “If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino’s pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic.” You think he was joking, right? You’d be glad to know that during the production of “The Avengers” he had food hidden on the set. In fact, the scenes in the film that show Tony Stark eating aren’t scripted – Downey Jr. was just hungry.
Real Life Iron Man
In 2014 a small boy called Alex Pring got a robotic arm because he was missing his right arm from just above the elbow. That’s great but where does Robert Downey Jr. come in? Well, in 2015 “Tony Stark” met with Alex himself in an Atlanta hotel room. He showed the boy two arms, one from Downey’s movies and one for Alex: a real, working robotic Iron Man arm. As they both tried theirs on, they compared the lights inside their palms. Pring’s mother had wanted a new arm for her son because kids at his school teased him but it all changed when he got the Iron Man arm, it became “cool”.
Way to Oscar
How many of you believe that Robert Downey Jr. will one day win an Oscar? Come on, with his part in Chaplin and being an integral part of MCI, we cannot question his talent as an actor. But it is interesting how confident Robert is about receiving an Oscar. In an interview for GQ, the actor said, “I know it’s going to happen, 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.”
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