Robert Downey Jr. on His Druggie Years: ‘I Don’t Regret It’ and ‘I Have No Apologies’

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Gracing the November cover of Esquire UK, Robert Downey Jr. talked candidly about his past drug addiction.

And it’s safe to say that at 49, he’s definitely made his peace with it.

When asked if he feels any nostalgia for his “druggie years,” the Iron Man actor responded in typically cavalier, chatty RDJ form:

Oh, please. I really don’t…Is there some hilarity when you’re just peaking on mushrooms and rolling around in your friend’s yard in Topanga? I can flash to that and go, ‘Yeah, man!’…Hey, I don’t regret it…But from this place, man, where you have a real life, and you have kids, and you do what you’re supposed to do? I put my head down on the pillow at night and I have no apologies to make to anybody.

Downey even went on to downplay his prison time and multiple arrests between the late 90s and early 2000s: “As I sit here, I wouldn’t even pick the joint, or being put in an institution, as one of the worst things that ever happened to me. I honestly wouldn’t.”

In fact, the star of the upcoming comedy-drama The Judge would say that he’s more than happy with the way his life has turned out – major roadblocks, career comeback and all:

Sometimes when you’ve had your time in the sunshine, you go, ‘Cool, now what gives all of this stuff meaning?’…What it comes down to is, basically – I got mine…I’m good.