Robert Downey, Jr. Creating Rehab Drama


Actor Robert Downey, Jr. hopes to bring his real-life story and experiences with drugs to television. He is hoping to make a TV drama about a rehab clinic in California.

The actor and his wife Susan Downey are set to produce a still-untitled drama for U.S. network Showtime. According to, the story will follow a rehab and therapeutic community in Venice Beach in 1983.

Famous actor battled his drug and alcohol issues 20 years ago, when he was often in-and-out of rehabilitation clinics and even jail.

Downey has thanked Susan for helping him give up on his drug and alcohol habits. “There’s no understanding for me of the bigger picture in real time in a hands-on way without her. Because it was the perfect, perfect, perfect matching of personalities and gifts.”

He even has a tattoo on one of his biceps reads “Suzie Q” in tribute to her.

The star says he has been drug-free since July 2003, thanks to his family, therapy, meditation, twelve-step recovery programs, yoga and the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

He also said that his time behind bars changed his political point of view. He said, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.”

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