Robert Downey Jr. was named a Disney Legend today at Disney's D23 Expo and shared a slightly scandalous story of the first time he visited Disneyland.
"Here’s a bit of trivia for you, the very first time I went to Disneyland I was transported to another place…within moments of being arrested," he said. “I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing center. Given a stern warning and returned, if memory serves, to one very disappointed group chaperone. I would like to make amends for whoever had to contain me for smoking pot in the gondola without a license."
He jokingly added that of course "pot smoking licenses for the gondola," or any other theme park attractions, are not available. He concluded by confessing, "I've been sitting on that shame for a while and I'm just going to release it here. That’s a load off.”
He didn't give a specific date when this happened, but the "Iron Man" star dropped out of high school in 1982 to pursue acting full time. And the Disneyland Gondolas (aka the Skyway) closed down in 1994.
"Iron Man" and "Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau was also named a Disney Legend today, as were Ming-Na (the voice of "Mulan") and composer Hans Zimmer, whose many scores include "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and 1994's "The Lion King."
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