Landing on the cover of December 2010 – GQ Magazine Robert Downey Jr. who was jailed twice for drugs offences in the late 1990s – can’t believe his reckless partying and using drugs didn’t get him locked up in jail sooner and he can’t believe he stay out of jail this long.
Don’t call it a comeback. Again. The indestructible Robert Downey Jr returns to our screens this month for Due Date: GQ‘s Jonathan Heaf visits the actor’s home in LA for a workout session with Iron Man and discovers how he stays sane amid the lunacy that is Hollywood – and what led him to embark on a road trip with Zach Galifianakis and a French bulldog. Elsewhere, Sir Elton John reveals all on his new album The Union, talking about inspiring David Bowie, turning his back on pop and messing about in Brian Wilson’s sandbox. We also have an exclusive extract from the most talked-about rock memoir of the decade, Keith Richards’ autobiography Life, in which he reminisces about being
Robert Downey Mind on An Oscar and Staying Out of Jail.
Excerpts from the article:
He said: “I do think there’s something divine about large-scale humiliation, but no, it never worked for me. It never produced enough of a blow back for me to catch the drift. It doesn’t so much produce results as just get your attention – you become a fish in a barrel and there’s really something quite beautiful about that.
“Jail didn’t help me any more or less than anything else. But I know I created that experience for a reason, and I’m only just starting to understand those reasons. Remember this is California, ‘Come on vacation, leave on probation.’ I mean, I can’t believe I stayed out of the pen for as long as I did.”
He added to Britain’s GQ magazine: “And I didn’t mind it inside really; it wasn’t so bad.
“Listen, a prison is just like a public school. Did you ever go on a film set on location? It’s just like prison. Have you ever been in a bad relationship? It’s just like having a cellmate who wants to kill you. Have you ever been in a street fight? It’s just like chow-time meal time. Have you ever been to a rave-up? It’s like a yard riot. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, but it neither fazed me, nor changed me, nor informed me – but maybe it toughened me up a little bit.”
“As long as I stick around, I’m going to end up with a bunch of them anyway as they’re going to run out of people to give them to,” he told GQ. “And I’m probably going to win it one year when someone else deserves to win it. Why? Because it’s my time. And that’s the way s**t works around here. I’m just an uptight mutt at the top of his game. I want to qualify that there is no physical pain in not winning something. There is psychological turmoil and lack of understanding, but what is really going on here? I can lie, and pretend I worry but I don’t care. Honestly.”