Robert Downey Jr.’s Father Admits To Giving Actor Medication At Age 6!!

Robert Downey Jr. and his father are addressing EVERYTHING of their new documentary.

Everyone knows the 57-year-old Hollywood vet struggled with habit earlier than his rise to glory as the worldwide, fan favourite Marvel superhero Iron Man. Nevertheless, in his new Netflix documentary, Sr., which explores his relationship with father Robert Downey Sr., we study JUST how younger the acclaimed actor was inducted into the world of medicine.

Within the function, which premiered on the streaming service early this month, Downey Sr. recalled a night of their residence, enjoying poker, when he caught his son sneaking a sip of white wine. Nevertheless, as an alternative of taking the standard parenting route of reprimanding the kid, he as an alternative supplied Downey Jr., who was six-years-old on the time, a marijuana joint as an alternative… He confessed:

“Numerous us thought it might be hypocritical to not have our youngsters take part in marijuana and stuff like that. It was an fool transfer on our components to share that with our youngsters. I’m simply joyful he’s right here.”

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An fool transfer to say the least! Your mother and father are presupposed to be there to guard you, and to information you down the precise path — not spiral you down the mistaken one. The Avengers star later mirrored on the irreversible affect his father’s lapse in judgment had on him and his relationship with leisure drug use, admitting by the point he was 8-years-old, he was an addict. The actor then instantly addressed it to his father:

“I believe we’d be remiss to not talk about its impact on me.”

Downey Sr. regretfully responded:

“Boy, I might positive like to miss that dialogue.”

The since-decease filmmaker had beforehand opened up concerning the fateful evening years in the past in a 2000 interview with Self-importance Truthful, wherein he defined:

“We had been all sitting round, smoking grass and enjoying poker down within the previous West Village loft, and Robert was looking at me form of humorous. Robert was at all times an observer of all of it, even at a really younger age. And I’m going, ‘You already know, you should strive somewhat of this as an alternative of consuming.’ I handed him a joint. And all of the sudden I knew I had made a horrible, silly mistake… Giving somewhat child a toke of grass simply to be humorous.”

He added:

“The story retains getting repeated. By now you’d suppose Robert was Jimmy Cliff‘s supplier at age eight. I’ll by no means forgive myself.”

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Nevertheless, it appears as if the youthful Robert doesn’t maintain any in poor health will, as his father revealed in the identical interview:

“He’s stated to me, ‘I’m not a sufferer, Dad. I don’t blame anyone.’”

Talking of his personal struggles with habit, the high-profile A-lister confessed being a part of this “drug-culture life that all of us obtained caught in” again within the late ’80s, particularly across the time of his 1987 film Much less Than Zero:

“It was only a wild period. That complete world, it will get tied into creativity. We had been all altering our consciousness with substances. I used to be simply kinda enjoying a sport of simply eager to self-soothe or simply keep loaded quite than take care of the truth that issues had gone off the tracks somewhat bit. Actually, greater than something, I look again and go, ‘It’s surprising {that a} single film got here out completed.’”

You’ll be able to catch the total doc on Netflix or try the trailer (beneath):

We’re positive the documentary’s launch has introduced up a variety of feelings for Downey Jr., because the Hugo Pool director handed away in July of final 12 months at 85 years previous following a battle with Parkinson’s illness. Sr., in a variety of methods, serves because the late artistic’s swan tune. Will you be checking it out on Netflix? Tell us within the feedback (beneath).

When you or somebody you recognize is experiencing substance abuse, assist is offered. Take into account trying out the sources SAMHSA offers at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline.

[Images via Netflix & MEGA/WENN]

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