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.”
On Saturday, November 2nd, Robert Downey Jr and his wife, Susan, attended the 2013 LACMA Art + Film Gala. This year’s event – held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (aka LACMA) – honored both Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and artist David Hockney. The Art + Film gala is an annual event held to unite the two fields together and help raise money for the museum; this year, the gala pulled in $4.1 million to support LACMA’s film program, first introduced in 1965.
Robert Downey Jr and Jared Leto reunited earlier this week at the 17th Annual Hollywood Awards held on October 21st. The two were co-stars in the 1999 film Black and White; but at the Monday evening event, RDJ was honoring Leto with a Breakout Performance award for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.
The affair was star-studded, with Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Geoffrey Rush, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner, and Zodiac co-star Jake Gyllenhaal also in attendance.
Watch a video of Robert’s award presentation below (along with Leto’s acceptance speech).
Movie star Robert Downey Jr. came to Dedham Thursday to shoot scenes from his upcoming film The Judge, but it was his role of Tony Stark in Ironman and The Avengers that many of his fans came out to celebrate. The film crew transformed Dedham’s Superior Court, Registry of Deeds, Community House, and First Church buildings into components of a town in Crawford County, Indiana, where The Judge is set. Filming will take place in Dedham both Thursday and Friday.
Robert Downey Jr. arrived on “The Judge” set tonight in Mills Falls, MA. Downey met with and signed autographs for fans. When an assistant informed the “Iron Man” star he had missed signing for a young fan, Downey promptly sat down and met with the young lad.
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. filmed scenes for ‘The Judge’ in Shelburne Falls, Mass. on June 6. He was joined on set by Robert Duvall and Vincent D’Onofrio. Susan Downey can also be seen in some of the pics.
I’ve also added more pictures from June 5, which you can see here.