Fast food helped Downey ditch drugs

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Robert Downey Jr. says Burger King helped him beat drugs.

The ac­tor — who was ar­rested in 1996 on drug and weapons charges, spent nearly a year in prison in 1999 and was ar­rested again in 2000 for a ho­tel drug sting op­er­a­tion — re­called an in­ci­dent in 2003 when he was driv­ing with “tons of dope” in his car. He stopped to get a burger, but it had such a bad ef­fect on him he thought he had over­dosed.

He told Em­pire mag­a­zine: “I have to thank Burger King. It was such a dis­gust­ing burger I or­dered. I had that, and this big soda, and I thought some­thing re­ally bad was go­ing to hap­pen.”

Downey re­vealed he then threw all his drugs into the sea and im­me­di­ately de­cided to turn his life around.

The 43-year-old ac­tor also ad­mits his Iron Man char­ac­ter Tony Stark’s re­quest for a cheese­burger af­ter be­ing re­leased from his ter­ror­ist cap­tors is a ref­er­ence to his own ex­pe­ri­ence.

Downey worked the in­ci­dent into his movie Iron Man.

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