Robert Downey Jr. On Burger King In 'Iron Man': A Disgusting Lifesaver

'Iron Man'We all remember the scene from "Iron Man" -- Tony Stark, having just barely escaped a cave prison with his life after being held captive by The Ten Rings terrorist organization, steps off a military aircraft and demands two things, a press conference and an "American cheeseburger." Cut to the next scene, and we see Stark stepping out of his limo, finishing off what is clearly a Burger King cheeseburger.

While most of us jaded movie goers simply saw that as blatant product placement, according to a recent interview, the scene held much deeper meaning to Robert Downey, Jr. In fact, the actor credits Burger King for turning his life around...albeit in a back-handed compliment sort of way.

The interview, which ran in the New York Daily News, quotes the actor as saying that he'd been driving a car with "tons of f--king dope" and decided to stop at the popular fast food chain for a burger. It was at that moment that the actor -- who had been publicly plagued by drug problems throughout his career -- had an epiphany.

"I have to thank Burger King," said Downey in the Daily News article. "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." The actor then said that at that moment of clarity, he tossed all of the drugs in his car into the ocean and got cleaned up, claiming that the "American cheeseburger" scene from "Iron Man" was a special tribute to Burger King saving his life.

And people say fast food is bad for you...

So, if you were multi-billionaire industrialist held captive by a gang of ruthless terrorists, would you want Burger King as your first meal after escaping? Or would you be craving something else? Let us know in the comments.


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