Robert Downey Jr. played a superhero on screen for over a decade, but did you know that for a fan, he was also a superhero in real life. In a 2020 Reader Digest article, Dana Reinhardt recalled a story about how the actor, who was years away from becoming a global superstar with Marvel movies, started working when he saw his grandmother seriously injured. . And he even made sure to be as charming as he could.
Downey’s 57th birthday is a flashback to this story. The incident happened in the early 1990s, before Downey’s well-advertised brushes by law. The actor overcame his drug addiction and was uninsured for a while before being hired to play Tony Stark / Iron Man at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The author of the article was attending a garden party for the ACLU in Southern California with her 80-year-old grandmother. He showed her Downey, but the old lady had no idea who he was. At the end of the event, the writer and her grandmother got up to leave, but her grandmother tripped and fell, opening her chin. Blood was flowing everywhere. “I sat down and put my head between my knees because I thought I would faint,” the author wrote, adding, “Fortunately, someone took control of the situation. That person was Robert Downey Jr. “
He added, “He took off his lovely linen jacket, rolled up his sleeves and grabbed my grandmother’s leg. Then she took the jacket, which I assumed she had just taken off to get it out of her waist, and tied it around her wound. I watched the cream flax turn red with her blood. He told her not to worry and that everything would be fine. ” The author recalled that Downey made sure to flirt with her grandmother as well. “She held her calf and whistled. He told her how impressive her legs were, “he wrote, and later,” He walked beside the stretcher holding her hand and telling her that it broke his heart to leave the party so early, the moment they met. He nodded to her as the doors closed. “Don’t forget to call me, Sylvia,” he said. “We will have lunch.”
The author admitted that she was ashamed to say anything to him right now. Years later, when he read about his imprisonment for drug possession, he thought of writing to him in prison and reminding him of the story. But he did not. And then, fate gave her a third chance. Years after her grandmother’s death and Downey’s release from prison, she saw him in a restaurant. “I said, ‘I have no idea if you remember this…’ and I told him the story. He remembered. “I just wanted to thank you,” I said. “And I wanted to tell you that it was just the kindest act I have ever seen.” He stood up and took both my hands in hers and looked me in the eyes and said, “You have no idea how much I needed to hear that today.”
Downey is now semi-retired from acting. His last appearance as Iron Man came in Avengers: Endgame 2019, the superhero blockbuster in which the character was killed. He then tried to start another franchise, Dolittle, but it did not take off. Then we will see him in a supporting role with director Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer.