VANITYFAIR.COM – “For some folks it’s just a function of age,” Robert Downey Jr. tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Rich Cohen, on the topic of beating one’s demons. “It’s perfectly normal for people to be obsessive about something for a period of time, then leave it alone.” When asked about the incident in 1996 in which Downey’s neighbors came home to find the actor passed out in their 11-year-old son’s bed, he tells Cohen this was “an uncommon occurrence for me. Happened to be a very public one. I was not a guy who blacked out.”
Talking about his time at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison and the process of returning to his old life, Downey says, “Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever. But I don’t even know if that was my experience. It’s funny: five years ago, I would’ve made it sound like I’m conscious of my own participation in seizing the similarities. But so many things have become less certain. I swear to God. I am not my story.”
Downey tells Cohen he’s probably inherited his addictions, which leads to a discussion on his son Indio, a 20-year-old musician who was recently charged with felony drug possession. “He’s his mother’s son and my son, and he’s come up the chasm much quicker than we did,” says Downey. “But that’s typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated. You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods. Can you help someone get out of those woods? Yes, you can. By not getting lost looking for them.” After a pause, Downey adds, “Pick a dysfunction and it’s a family problem.”
Thanks to DeAdele, RDJ Fan has a few new magazine scans from May 2013 added to the gallery. Above, you can find thumbnails for his appearances in two GQs: in Russia and the great, twelve-page spread from the US edition. The accompanying photo shoots are amazing! You can also find a single page scan from FHM Russia right here.
Robert Downey Jr is on a couple of international magazine covers this month (at least, so far). CINEMag‘s issue dropped today in Uruguay; it will reach Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, and be available on the iPad next week. Meanwhile, Malaysia magazine Spotlite has him featured on their most recent edition. The cover photos are obviously from the same shoot, so hopefully RDJ FAN will be able to obtain tag-free versions soon.
Men’s Fitness has a great new feature on Robert Downey Jr. for their first, dual-month (January/February) issue in 2012! Scans have been added to the gallery already, where you can read the article in its entirety. My apologies for the watermarks. If anyone is able to obtain a copy of the magazine and scan untagged versions for RDJ Web, please contact me. I’ll re-upload them and give you credit for your efforts.
I apologize for the lack of updates, I have been very busy. Anyway, I am back now so can update regularly again! Thanks to the wonderful Caro M, we have scans from Acción – December 2009, and Playboy Argentina – November 2010. Thanks Caro!!