Robert Downey Jr Hero

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Robert Downey Jr. is a Real Life Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. is probably most well-known for his appearance in Tropic Thunder and his role in the Iron Man movies. But what most people choose to overlook are his five (5) years of drug abuse. Although many have overlooked this part of his past, some may consider him to be a hero because of his recovery. From 1996 to 2001 Downey was arrested numerous times because of drug related charges, including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. He had gone through drug treatment programs multiple times, but without success. In 1999 he explained to a judge that “It’s like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal.” In May of 1996 while on parole, he trespassed into his neighbor’s home while under the influence of a controlled substance and fell asleep in one of the beds. Because of this, he was required to undergo compulsory drug testing and was sentenced to three (3) years of probation. Downey was arrested once more in 1999 for missing a required drug test. Despite having assembled the same team of lawyers that had successfully defended O.J. Simpson during his murder trial, Downey was still sentenced a three year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison. In July of 2001 Downey pleaded no contest to the Palm Springs charges and avoided jail time. He was put on a three (3) year probation and was sent to drug rehabilitation. Though Downey Jr. had gone through some very rough patches in his career, he managed to pull himself back up and regain his former glory. In an interview with Oprah in November of 2004 he had said “I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in a kind of half assed way and you’ll get it and won’t take advantage of it.” He had started on the track to recovering his career with his first

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