Robert Downey Jr born to play Iron Man. But did you know the actor was arrested once for smoking marijuana? Learn everything you need to know from the ‘Iron Man’ actor himself.
With a career that has included multiple critical and mass performances, Downey’s life has gotten marred by substance abuse and legal issues. But he has returned stronger than ever, much like the billionaire Tony Stark he plays on screen. For more than eleven years, Robert Downey Jr. portrayed a superhero on-screen. Iron Man has become a household name thanks to the actor. The actor. is now one of Disney‘s biggest stars, but he once got into trouble at the company’s theme park.
- Robert Downey Jr was arrested at Disneyland
- When did Robert Downey Jr get arrested?
Robert Downey Jr was arrested at Disneyland
The Marvel actor, best known for his portrayal of Tony Stark in numerous films beginning with 2008’s ‘Iron Man’, received a Disney Legends award at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. When Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. accepted the Disney Legend award, he revealed that his first trip to Disneyland was a disaster. The 54-year-old actor, who received the award at the Disney D23 Expo, told fans that his first visit to Disneyland resulted in him getting arrested for smoking marijuana on a gondola.
While speaking onstage, the 54-year-old actor joked that he had been arrested and briefly detained at Disneyland after being caught smoking marijuana on the property.
“Here is a bit of trivia for you. The very first time I went to Disneyland. I got transported to another place within moments of being arrested”said Robert Downey Jr
He was taken to a surprisingly friendly processing centre, given a strict warning, and returned to, if memory serves one very disappointed group chaperone.
He revealed that he had been holding onto that shame for a long time and that he simply wanted to release it at Disney’s D23 Expo. As the audience laughed, he added that he wanted to apologise to whoever had to detain him for smoking marijuana in a gondola without a licence. Downey joked that he didn’t want to add to the confusion by implying that marijuana smoking licences for the gondola are available in any way.
When did Robert Downey Jr get arrested?
During his speech, Robert got serious, thanking everyone he’s worked with at Disney in the past. He expressed his delight at being among such a rich and diverse group of people. All of whom are attempting to reflect on the many challenges of life through the lens of creative expression.
He also alluded to his time as a member of the Marvel family. He shared, like Tony, the thematic idea that technology can guide our species towards enlightenment or destruction, which had been a really worthwhile and ongoing meditation for him. To be honest, it has been a wonderful gift for him.
Downey did not specify the year, but the Anaheim park used to crack down on hippies, especially after a subset of that group known as yippies (for Youth International Party) descended on the park in April 1970.
According to Los Angeles Magazine, the group of more than 300 people had some unusual demands, including free admission, Minnie Mouse’s “liberation”, and a raise for Frontierland’s Native American dancers. On the other hand, Downey was probably not part of this group because he was only about five years old at the time. Nonetheless, the event alarmed Disney’s security team, which was still working in the shadow of Walt, who had only been dead for a few years. Employees were not permitted to have facial hair. The yippies eventually shut down the entire park. One can only imagine how the Avengers would have reacted back then.
Downey has a $300 million net worth and a permanent place in Disney history, but that wasn’t the case in the mid-2000s when he was emerging from the shadow of a series of drug arrests for which he served time.