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Robert Downey Jr. Opens Up About Moment He Felt A Connection With His Late


Most movie lovers are surely familiar with Robert Downey Jr., the man most famous for playing Marvel’s Tony Stark/Iron Man for over a decade. Of course, many cinephiles are probably also familiar with his famous filmmaker father, Robert Downey Sr., who passed away at the age of 85 last summer. (Shortly after, Downey Jr. paid tribute to his dad.) Before he passed, the prolific performer and his son were producing a documentary illustrious career. Now, amid its debut, the Marvel alum has opened up about a moment in which he felt particularly connected to his late father. 

Sr. made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival this past Friday, and it was at the annual event that Robert Downey Jr. experienced the aforementioned moment. The actor explained to Vanity Fair that years ago, his father was lifting a barrel of chemicals when he injured his back. (Downey Sr. worked at the World’s Fair at one point.) As you can imagine, the injury brought the man great pain, and Robert Downey Jr. says he felt something akin to that in the midst of premiering his doc: 

About 11 seconds before we left to come here, I pulled my back. So I’m in this weird, meditation of empathy for my dad’s ongoing pain, and I’ll tell you: sprains at altitude are all the more enjoyable.



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