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Buckwild And Horrifying Things Robert Downey Jr. Somehow Made It Through

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Before he saved the world and earned millions on millions as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. did a boatload of drugs, and the crazy Robert Downy Jr. scandals that came as a result of this do not disappoint. There are many wild RDJ stories to testify to this fact. Growing up with hippie parents and becoming a part of the '80s Hollywood brat pack, it was only expected that RDJ would like to party. He managed to become one of Hollywood's most promising young actors, while recreationally using drugs. 

His drug use began to spiral, however, in the 1990s, and Downey Jr. went through a dark phase of drug addiction, jail time, and rehab. He hit rock bottom so hard that nobody ever expected him to make the comeback that he did. Now one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, RDJ has been sober since 2003 and has become a role model and fan favorite of the film industry (just see our list of RDJ movies for proof). Some would even say he's become America's cool uncle. Read on to see just how far he's come. 

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    He Passed Out In A Random Child's Bedroom

    In 1996, before Robert Downey Jr. had even been charged for his driving bender, he was arrested again just three weeks later. High on who knows what, he wandered into the Malibu home of his neighbors, Bill and Lisa Curtis, whom he didn't even know. He stripped down to his underwear and curled up in their eleven-year-old son's bedroom. Lisa went into the room around 9pm. Thinking her son had gone to bed early, she pulled back the sheets to instead find a nearly nude grown man, passed out. Surprise!

    Downey Jr. was charged again for being under the influence of drugs. Miraculously, the Curtis family declined to press trespassing charges. 

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    He Was Arrested In A Wonder Woman Costume At A Palm Springs Hotel

    In 2000, Downey Jr. made headlines weird once again when he was arrested in a Palm Springs hotel room. He was discovered with cocaine while wearing a Wonder Woman costume. As comical as his outfit may have been, the felony drug possession charge was not quite as funny.

  • He Escaped Court-Ordered Rehab Through A Bathroom Window

    After the "Goldilocks Incident," as RDJ's nightscapade into his neighbors' home was dubbed, RDJ was ordered to a treatment facility in Marina Del Rey. On his way in, he apparently told the guards he'd have no trouble getting out. Four days later, he escaped through his bathroom window and hitchhiked to a friend's house in Malibu. Security found him after four hours, and this they time hauled him off to jail. 

  • He Woke Up In Prison In A Pool Of His Own Blood

    RDJ is nothing if not resilient. In 1997, he was sentenced to 180 days in prison after violating his parole by missing drug tests. During the first of his two major jail stints, Downey Jr. was targeted by other inmates for his celebrity status. He was attacked by fellow inmates and twice described waking up in a pool of his own blood, which sounds nothing short of terrifying. Of his time in jail he once stated, "I would never tell you the worst things that have happened to me."