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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.
Downey worked the incident into his movie Iron Man.

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