Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s most revered actors right now. The actor, whose career has spanned decades, has also experienced the ups and downs of that career. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also a man who’s hit rock bottom in his personal life, only to bounce back even stronger and eventually become Iron Man in the MCU without ever looking back on the traumatic times. The actor has now detailed his time in prison as he spent a year in what he described as the worst place he had ever been.
For the untrained, in 1999, RDJ was sentenced to three years in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and state penitentiary for the 1996 case in which he was found to be in possession of cocaine. The actor, who was imprisoned in 1999, was released on bail in 2000.
But if Robert Downey Jr. is anything to go by, he’s endured hell in that one year, and it’s hard to even imagine an actor of his stature going through hardships, one of which is his being mocked for taking a shower with his underwear on backwards. Read on to find out everything you should know about it.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. opened up about many of his personal life stories while speaking to Daxx Shepard on his Armchair Expert Podcast. He shed light on his own denial of his drug lawsuit and recalled a disgruntled judge over-judgmenting him. Speaking of North Kern State Prison in Delano, Calif., he said it was “probably the most dangerous place I’ve ever been in my life” because, he says, it’s a place where inmates from different security levels come together.
“You could just feel the evil in the air and that wasn’t a problem at all because it was like just being in a really bad area. There was no opportunity. There were only threats,” said the Iron Man star. He revealed he twisted a point, only sparking “giggles and jeers” because he chose to enter the show in his underwear and stand backwards. He was then transferred to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Penitentiary, where it took him two weeks to make peace with his situation.
Robert Downey Jr. added, “We’re programmed to quickly adapt to what seems impossible.” And for me, certainly, worse could have happened than being sent to an institution. However, we can only rely on what we know and if I had to guess I would imagine that was the worst thing that happened to me.”
He ended by talking about how prison survival works, and the experience he can most compare to is “being sent to a distant planet where there is no way home until the planets line up “.
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