Fast food helped Downey ditch drugs
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.