Robert Downey Jr.’s father admits to giving drugs to actors at age 6!!

Robert Downey Jr. and his dad cover EVERYTHING in their new documentary.

We all know that the 57-year-old Hollywood veteran struggled with addiction before rising to fame as the global fan favorite Miracle superhero Iron Man. But in his new Netflix documentary, sr.which explores his relationship with father Robert Downey Sr.we JUST learn how young the acclaimed actor was initiated into the world of drugs.

In the feature film, which premiered on the streaming service early this month, Downey Sr. one evening in their house, playing poker, when he caught his son secretly taking a sip of white wine. Instead of going the traditional parenting route of reprimanding the child, he instead offered Downey Jr., who was six years old at the time, a marijuana joint instead… He confessed:

“Many of us thought it would be hypocritical not to let our kids participate in marijuana and things like that. It was an idiotic move on our part to share that with our kids. I’m just glad he’s here.”

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An idiotic move to say the least! Your parents should be there to protect you and lead you down the right path – not to lead you down the wrong path. The Avengers star later reflected on the irreversible impact his father’s error of judgment had on him and his relationship with recreational drug use, admitting that by the time he was 8 years old, he was addicted. The actor then addressed it directly to his father:

“I think we would be remiss not to discuss the effect on me.”

Downey Sr. sadly replied:

“Boy, I’d like to miss that discussion.”

The filmmaker, who has since passed away, had previously opened up about the fateful night years ago in a 2000 interview with Vanity pursein which he explained:

“We were all looking around, smoking grass and playing poker in the old West Village loft, and Robert was staring at me rather funny. Robert was always an observer of everything, even at a very young age. And I say, ‘You know, you should try a little bit of this instead of drinking.’ I gave him a joint. And suddenly I knew I’d made a terrible, stupid mistake… Giving a little kid a tuft of grass just to be funny.”

He added:

“The story is repeated over and over. You would now think that Robert was Jimmy Cliff‘s dealer at the age of eight. I will never forgive myself.”

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However, it seems that the younger Robert harbors no ill will, as his father revealed in the same interview:

“He’s said to me, ‘I’m not a victim, Dad. I don’t blame anyone.’”

Speaking of his own struggles with addiction, the high-profile A-lister confessed to being part of this “drug culture life we ​​all got stuck in” in the late ’80s, particularly around the time of his 1987 film. Less than zero:

“It was just a wild time. That whole world gets entangled in creativity. We all altered our consciousness with substances. I was just playing a game to calm myself down or just stay charged instead of dealing with the fact that things had gotten a little out of hand. Honestly, I mostly look back and think, ‘It’s shocking that only one movie came out.’”

You can watch the full document on Netflix or watch the trailer (below):

We are sure that the release of the documentary has stirred a lot of emotions in Downey Jr Hugo Pole director died in July last year at the age of 85 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. sr., in many ways serves as the swan song of the deceased creative. Do you check it on Netflix? Let us know in the comments (below).

If you or someone you know is experiencing substance abuse, help is available. Consider checking out the resources SAMHSA provides at

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