Robert Downey Jr. and his dad are tackling EVERYTHING in their new documentary.
We all know the 57-year-old Hollywood vet struggled with addiction before emerging to glory as a global fan favorite. Marvel Iron Man superhero. However, in his new work Netflix documentary, Sr.explore his relationship with his father Robert Downey Sr.we just learned how the famous actor entered the drug world at a young age.
In the feature that first premiered on the streaming service earlier this month, Downey Sr. recalls one evening at their home, playing poker, when he caught his son secretly taking a sip of white wine. However, instead of following the traditional parental upbringing of reprimanding the child, he offered Downey Jr., then 6 years old, a can of cannabis instead… He confessed:
“A lot of us think it’s hypocritical not to let our kids engage in marijuana and things like that. It was a stupid move on our part to share that with our children. I’m just happy he’s here.”
A stupid move to say the least! Your parents should be there to protect you and guide you in the right direction – not push you down the wrong path. The Avengers The star then reflected on the irreversible impact his father’s flawed judgment had on him and his relationship with recreational drug use, admitting at the age of 8 By age, he was already an addict. The actor then directly told his father:
“I think it would be remiss of us not to discuss its effect on me.”
Downey Sr. regretfully replied:
“Boy, I definitely wanted to miss that discussion.”
The previously deceased filmmaker opened up about the fateful night many years ago in a 2000 interview with Vanity Fairin which he explains:
“We were all sitting around smoking weed and playing poker in the old West Village loft, and Robert was staring at me with a funny expression. Robert was always an observer of all, even at a very young age. And I said, ‘You know, you should try some of this instead of drinking.’ I gave him a joint. And suddenly I knew I had made a terrible, stupid mistake… Giving a child a handful of grass just for fun.”
“The story repeats itself. Now you would think Robert is Jimmy Cliff‘s agent at the age of eight. I will never forgive myself.”
However, it seems that the youngest Robert has no malice, as his father revealed in the same interview:
“He said to me, ‘I’m not a victim, Dad. I don’t blame anyone.’”
Talking about his own struggles with addiction, the famous A-list star confessed to being part of the “drug culture life we all got stuck in” in the late 80s, especially around the time of making his 1987 film. less than zero:
“It was just a wild era. That whole world, it’s associated with creativity. We are all changing our consciousness with substances. I’m just playing a game that just wants to appease myself or keep loading than deal with the fact that things have gone a bit off track. Honestly, more than anything, I look back and think, ‘It’s shocking that only one movie has been completed.’”
You can watch the entire documentary on Netflix or watch the trailer (below):
We are sure that the release of the documentary brought a lot of emotion to Downey Jr. Hugo’s swimming pool The director passed away last July at the age of 85 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. Sr., which in many ways serves as the late creator’s swan song. Will you watch it on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below).
If you or someone you know is experiencing substance abuse, help is always available. Consider checking out the resources SAMHSA offers at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline.
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