The Netflix documentary titled “Mr.”, uncovers the actor's past
Robert Downey Jr. recounts in a documentary by Netflix who got into drugs at the age of 6 induced by his father, Robert Downey Sr., a legendary filmmaker
Robert Downey Jr. he is one of the current figures of Hollywood. But what many do not know is that his father, Robert Downey Sr. who he was a revolutionary of the seventh art, who directed works such as “Putney Swope”, “Pound” or “Up the Academy”.
Netflix premiered in recent days “Mr.”, a documentary that was filmed over three years and that explores the life of the late filmmaker.
Among the most surprising facts that have been released, highlights the way in which the artist began in the world of drugs at the age of 6 because of his father.
According to their accounts, the actor's father noticed that his son, during a poker night at home, was tasting white wine: although he decided to take the glass away from him, he handed him a cannabis cigarette to see his reaction.
This anecdote would not be entirely secret: Downey Sr., who was a peculiar filmmaker, with little success and also addicted to drugs for much of his life, he once admitted his irresponsibilityfor giving his son drugs. In addition to teaching him to watch adult films and even the films he directed, not suitable for children.
It was “growing up in a family where everyone used drugs” recalls Downey Jr., who had already made his acting debut at age 5, in his father's 1970 film “Pound”.
Downey Jr. rose to fame for “Chaplin” (1992), work for which he won the BAFTA award and was nominated for an Oscar. But soon after he started using cocaine and heroin. He was arrested and went through rehabilitation centers several times.
Today, he is one of the highest paid actors in the world and has been sober for 20 years despite a disastrous upbringing he had as a child, as deduced from the documentary.
Robert Downey, Jr.'s documentary on the life of his father
According to information from “Sr.”, in the project directed by Chris Smith, the protagonist of “Avangers” seeks to pay homage to his father, who died in 2021, as well as capture a home portrait of the turbulent relationship that both had for years.
In June of last year, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that his father passed away at the age of 85 in his sleep at his home in New York City.
“Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep last night after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson's…he was a true maverick filmmaker and remained remarkably optimistic throughout…” she wrote the actor in his post.
Downey Sr. largely stayed away from the press, mainly to protect his children. But in 2001, when his Oscar-nominated son was facing cocaine and heroin possession charges, Downey Sr. spoke at length with The New York Post about the “b-side of fame. “Life is too easy when you're a movie star. People will do what you want and get you what you want. Hollywood is a horrible place ”, he stated.
Downey Sr. also survived his own struggle with drugs. His personal life hit rock bottom when his career tanked in the 1970s. “Ten years of twenty-four-hour cocaine ,” he told The Post< /i>. “I didn't get over it until '81, until my late wife gave me an ultimatum. I officially resigned in front of my son. Keep reminding me about it. I tell him, 'If he made such an impression on you, why can't you do the same?'”
Actor Robert Downey Sr. speaks at the stage honoring his son Robert Downey Jr. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
The most recent film he worked on was 2011's “Tower Heist”, which starring Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck. As a director, his final projects were “Hugo Pool” in 1997 and the documentary “Rittenhouse Square” in 2005.
“I remember an incredibly kind, considerate, caring and caring father,” Downey Jr. said in an interview. 2016 on The Off Camera Show. “My dad was almost always home or if he was on set I was probably there with him.”