''I've grown up, I've struggled, I've failed. I've partied way too much...'' actor tells MTV Movie Awards crowd in L.A
Robert Downey Jr. has had to struggle to get past his alcohol and drugs addiction and while receiving the 'Generation Award' at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, April 12, the actor begged Hollywood to do the same.
''In the 34 years that have passed since the birth of MTV, I've grown up, I've struggled, I've failed. I've partied way too much. I begged for second chances and literally clawed my way to the top,'' he told the audience.
The Iron Man star struggled with substance abuse in the past and was charged with the possession of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin before being ordered to complete multiple stays in rehab. On how to defeat the addiction demons, he explained:
''Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don't change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever. But I don't even know if that was my experience.''
The actor was flanked by his 'Avengers Ensemble' co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth who all got down on their knees to listen to his captivating speech.
''If a man is judged by the company he keeps, then I must be doing something right, because look at who I'm rolling with,'' Robert added, looking at his co-stars on the floor.
It was certainly a poignant speech for Robert, who opened up last year to Vanity Fair about his past struggles with drugs and alcohol.
'For some folks it's just a function of age... I believed becoming 'obsessive' about something is simply a phase of life,” he told the magazine.