“It’s like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth”: Marvel Star Robert Downey Jr.’s Heartbreaking Words to the Judge Who Sentenced Him to Prison in 1999

“It’s like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth”: Marvel Star Robert Downey Jr.’s Heartbreaking Words to the Judge Who Sentenced Him to Prison in 1999
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The world came to know him as Iron Man, some, however, also remembered him for his dark past as well. Robert Downey Jr., the go-to man for problems, was once a drug abuser trapped in the vicious cycle of self-harm and getting high.

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Recalling his experience of getting trapped in the cycle, Downey Jr. stated that it felt like he had a shotgun in his mouth. The actor further said in this bone-chilling experience that he would have the trigger in his hand but he just liked the taste of the metal!

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.

When Robert Downey Jr. Had His Hand on the Trigger

The story of Robert Downey Jr.’s drug addiction is almost as famous as the story of Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor used to be addicted to drugs back in the 1980s and 90s and had been arrested for possession and consumption of drugs for which he also served jail time.

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Robert Downey Jr.

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During one of the trials, the Sherlock Holmes actor recalled the experience of being a drug abuser but getting caught in the dangerous loop of consuming and buying. The actor gave the perfect metaphor for drug usage and compared it to a shotgun with his hand on the trigger. He shared it with the judge, while testifying:

“It’s like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth, with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal,”

The actor explained that he could pull the trigger anytime he wanted (by overdosing himself) but he just liked the taste of the gunmetal (getting high). Robert Downey Jr. started taking drugs at a very early age due to his father Robert Downey Sr. consuming drugs.

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Following some jail time and some introspection, Downey Jr. made a comeback into the Hollywood film industry and is currently one of the most popular and iconic actors to ever exist to date. The Iron Man actor is currently slated to appear in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming magnum opus which has the people excited.

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Robert Downey Jr. And Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. (left) and Cillian Murphy on the sets of Oppenheimer (2023).
Robert Downey Jr. (left) and Cillian Murphy on the sets of Oppenheimer (2023).

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After his comeback in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. became a name to be reckoned with. After his latest movie Tenet failed some expectations, Christopher Nolan found himself busy working on his next big thing.

Oppenheimer tells the story of J Robert Oppenheimer, the man responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project. Downey Jr. is all set to portray the role of Lewis Strauss who was the chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The people ecstatically await the return of the man who saved the universe (from Thanos). Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus starring Robert Downey Jr. is slated for a release date of 21st July 2023 in theaters across the U.S.

Source: The Things

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.