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Burger King Helped Downey Jr. Quit Drugs

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Jun. 10 2008, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Some addicts say they reach "rock bottom" when they lose their health or their family -- but Robert Downey Jr hit his lowest ebb when he ordered a Burger King!

The Iron Man star has publicly thanked the fast food chain for helping him get on the road to recovery by serving him a cheeseburger so disgusting that it forced him to reassess his entire life, according to Britain's film magazine Empire.

Downey Jr, 43, who has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for many years, said he had the life-changing epiphany in 2003 when he pulled into a drive thru in a car filled with "tons of f****ing dope".

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"I have to thank Burger King," he told the magazine. "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."

Downey Jr. says he went and threw all his drugs into the ocean right there and then.

The actor revealed that there is a nod to that moment in his latest movie, Iron Man, when his character asks for a Burger King cheeseburger when he is released by kidnappers.

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