Robert Downey Jr. has opened up to Dax Sheppard on his podcast, ‘Armchair Expert’, about the year he spent in prison.
Downey was imprisoned after missing a mandatory drug test, while on parole. He was sentenced to three years, but received early release after posting his bail. Of his time there, he said,
“We are programmed to, within a short amount of time, be able to adjust to things that are seemingly impossible,” he said. “And for me, there’s worse things that could have happened than being sent to an institution, for sure. However, we can only go by what we know, and I would imagine if I had to guess, that was the worst thing that happened to me.”
“You could just feel the evil in the air, and that was no trouble at all because it was kind of like just being in a really bad neighborhood. There was no opportunity there. There was only threats.”
He went onto say that, “as long as you have the willingness to do harm, it is unlikely that you will be targeted. It really is that thing of what is the difference between acting like you’re willing to do harm and actually being willing to do harm.”