RDJ: Dad Gave Me Drugs at 8

And they did coke with Jack Nicholson, he says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2010 10:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Robert Downey Jr.’s father started giving him drugs at the tender age of 8—and the actor once did cocaine with his dad and Jack Nicholson. The Iron Man 2 star recalls his history with drugs in a Rolling Stone interview: “All those years of snorting coke, and then I accidentally get involved in heroin after smoking crack for the first time. It finally tied my shoelaces together,” he says of his downward spiral.

Surprisingly, hitting bottom had a silver lining of sorts: In jail, “when the door clicks shut, then you are safe,” he says. “You are actually in the safest place on Earth. Safe from the intruders.” The actor also remembers how his life turned around—a 2003 intervention, rehab, and “the best shrink in America,” the New York Daily News reports.

Robert Downey Jr. and father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at TIME's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 08, 2008 in New York City.
Robert Downey Jr. and father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at TIME's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 08, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. poses for photographers during a photo call for the upcoming film Iron Man 2 in Los Angeles on Friday, April 23, 2010.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. poses for photographers during a photo call for the upcoming film "Iron Man 2" in Los Angeles on Friday, April 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Cast member Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the premiere of Iron Man 2 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, April 26, 2010.
Cast member Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the premiere of "Iron Man 2" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, April 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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