ROBERT DOWNEY: ‘BURGER KING SAVED MY LIFE’

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06.10.08 63 Comments

According to WENN, Robert Downey Jr. publicly thanked Burger King for helping him overcome his drug problem.  In related news, I can’t believe this is a real story.

  In 2003, the actor – who, at the time, was battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol – was driving a car filled with "tons of f**king dope" on California’s Pacific Coast Highway when he decided to stop at the burger joint for a meal.
  And the trip to the fastfood outlet caused him to re-evaluate his whole life.
  He says, "I have to thank Burger King. It was such a disgusting burger I ordered. I had that, and this big soda, and I thought something really bad was going to happen." [You got shitcanned and passed out in a random little girl’s bed, and it was a f-ing burger that caused you to rethink things? -Ed.]
  The actor goes on to hint that a fateful moment in new movie Iron Man, when his character Tony Stark requests a cheeseburger from Burger King after being released from his captors, is a reference to his own experiences. [Source]

Burger King responded by saying, “We didn’t pay you 8 million dollars to call our burgers disgusting, you prick.  What are you, on drugs?”  Seriously, I hope this isn’t the start of a trend where people start explaining product placement.  We get it, they paid you, it’s okay.  Just because I see a movie about a guy with a robot butler who shoots rockets out of his arms doesn’t mean you can start treating me like a little kid. 

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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