Disney’s D23 Expo took place last month in Anaheim and Robert Downey Jr. used his Disney Legends Award acceptance speech to reveal that he was once kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cannabis.
Robert Downey Jr. has become a pop culture icon since his debut as Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man, and appearing as the character within several other related films such as Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Marvel Cinematic Universe completed its Infinity Saga this year, and Downey’s role came to an emotionally resonant end in this summer’s Avengers: Endgame.
The D23 Disney Expo opened on Friday, August 23 with the Disney Legends Awards where Downey and nine others were bestowed the status of Disney Legend.
“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 quipped.”
The crowd laughed and Downey explained that he was brought to a surprisingly-friendly processing center where he was given a stern warning before being returned to someone he described as “if memory serves—one very disappointed group chaperone.”
“I’ve been sitting on that shame for a while and I’m just gonna release it here,” he said.
“I would like to make amends to whomever had to detain me for smoking pot in the gondola without a license,” said Downey. “And I’m sorry, I don’t want to further confuse the issue by insinuating that pot smoking licenses for the gondola are in any way obtainable. Or for any of the other park attractions as far as I know.”
Downey glanced back at Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger before joking, “Maybe the Imagineers, but that’s their own business.”
“Anyway, that’s a load off,” said Downey before continuing with the rest of his acceptance speech.
“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow,” said Iger. “It’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy.”