Not foreign to the battle against vices himself, Robert Downey Jr. has recently embarked on a quest to help a fellow actor, Mel Gibson, to push through a rough period as well.
According to Deadline.com, Downey encouraged Hollywood to overlook Gibson’s recent shortcomings and allow him to continue with his work, during his acceptance speech for the American Cinematheque Award. The Iron Man considers that “unless you are without sin —and if you are, you are in the wrong industry — you should forgive him and let him work”.
Gibson’s outbursts were first obvious to the public eye in 2006 when he got arrested for DUI while giving an anti-Semitic speech. The custody battle between the Ransom actor and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva was the more recent scene for Gibson’s displays of fury. Some recordings, that made their way to the press, reveal heated arguments between the two when the actor yelled his lungs out. Furthermore, Grigorieva accused her ex-boyfriend of heating her over the head and face. Gibson didn’t contest the accusations and received a 36 months probation sentence and 52 weeks of counseling for anger management and domestic violence.
To Downey, Gibson is the only person who helped him when he was in trouble, both with his career as well as getting his life back on the right track. He cast Robert in Air America in 1990 and advised him to accept responsibility and allow time to give his life meaning again. “And if he helped me, I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to assume the next guy would be him”.
Robert Downey Jr. had star roles in productions like: “Iron Man” (1 and 2), “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Zodiac”, “Gothika”.