Dis­ney honor prompts Downey Jr. pot story

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Robert Downey Jr. says he had a wild Dis­ney­land ride in his younger days.

The “Iron Man” and “Avengers: Endgame” star, among those hon­ored Fri­day as Dis­ney Leg­ends, said his first visit to the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­sort in­cluded a brief de­ten­tion for “smok­ing pot in a gon­dola.”

“I was brought to a sur­pris­ingly friendly pro­cess­ing cen­ter, given a stern warn­ing and re­turned to, if mem­ory serves, one very dis­ap­pointed group chap­er­one,” Downey said.

He turned se­ri­ous when he spoke about the Marvel movies.

“I get to re­main a fan of the first in­clu­sive and evolv­ing cine­matic uni­verse ever so far,” said Downey, whose char­ac­ter meets a dark fate in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Dis­ney CEO Robert Iger pre­sented the Leg­ends tro­phy to the ac­tor at the D23 Expo Dis­ney fan event. The com­pany said it hon­ors those who have made re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions to the Dis­ney legacy.

CHRIS PIZZELLO Invision/AP

Ac­tor Robert Downey Jr. poses with Mickey Mouse dur­ing his hand­print cer­e­mony at the Dis­ney Leg­ends press line at the 2019 D23 Expo on Fri­day in Ana­heim, Calif.

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