I don’t have father figure issues, but I’d jump all over hot daddy Robert Downey Jr. in a heartbeat. At 45, he would be more like my dad’s young friend anyways. Totally not weird or creepy or inappropriate.
About a year ago, my older brother remarked that I’ve been going through my “RDJ phase.” He meant that I’m in the process of replacing my bad habits with good ones. While I don’t really idolize anybody, I certainly look to good examples. People can change and take their life down any path they so choose.
“Not having done drugs for literally five or six years is a lifetime,” Robert Downey Jr. tells Playboy. “I think of myself as someone who has no desire, use for or conscious memory of that life. And yet I don’t shut the door on it, and I don’t pretend it didn’t happen.”
The embattled actor conquered a debilitating drug addiction to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.
On the struggles of his past: “Sometimes it’s necessary to compartmentalize the different stages of your evolution, both personally and objectively, for the people you have to love and tolerate. And one of those people, for me, is me. I have a very strong sense of that messed-up kid, that devoted theater actor, that ne’er-do-well 20-something nihilistic androgyne and that late-20s married guy with a little kid, lost, lost in narcotics—all aspects of things I don’t regret and am happy to keep a door open on. More than anything I have this sense that I’m a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who haven’t been there.”
On taking responsibility for one’s actions, including his own: “To me, here’s the only thing: You take responsibility, whether you’re outraged by the results or not, that you in some way participate in and create what you’re experiencing.”