Robert Downey Jr has opened up about his past struggles with addiction and time in jail.
The ‘Iron Man’ star revealed Jodie Foster sent him a letter when he was in prison after working with him.
Robert Downey Jr, 55, got candid with David Letterman, 73, about his tumultuous past, including his addiction struggles in a new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
The ‘Avengers’ actor battled with drugs and alcohol addiction in the early stages of his career and admitted there was one time when he was working and using it at the same time.
“There was a single crossover, and I call it the most relaxed performance in the history of cinema,” Robert Downey Jr said, referring to his role in the 1995 Jodie Foster-directed movie, ‘Home for the Holidays.’
“She was really critical of just being like, ‘Well, looks like you’re getting away with it on this one. I wouldn’t try this again because we’re kind of a forgiving group.’ I was like, ‘Wasn’t that last take great?’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re great. It’s going great.’”
According to reports, Robert Downey Jr first got arrested after being pulled over by cops and found in possession of heroin, and a gun. He was arrested again two weeks later after being caught trespassing into a neighbor’s home while under the influence.
He was later placed on probation and had to undergo drug counseling.
However, Robert Downey Jr ended up violating his probation three times which led him to be sentenced to three years in prison back in 1999. The actor spent nearly a year in prison and during that time, Jodie reportedly sent him a letter.
“And then when I, you know, was locked up in a penitentiary, she sent me a letter saying, ‘Let me tell you about what I meant by it’s going great,’” he recalled.
The actor has been sober since 2003 and has become one of the most successful Hollywood superstars especially after the Avengers franchise.
He also revealed that he doesn’t know what the “tipping point” was in terms of when he crossed over into addiction, but he did say using was “just the culture that I was raised in,” reports HollywoodLife.
“As the AMA [American Medical Association] will say that alcoholism or addiction is essentially a brain disease, but it’s a brain disease that people don’t want to take the cure for when it’s offered, so it’s a very insidious thing,” he added.