RDJ discusses heroin, Jack Nicholson & vaginal parfaits in Rolling Stone


Robert Downey Jr. is looking a bit Javier Bardem on this week’s Rolling Stone cover, right? Sure, he looks great, in a rugged, manly-yet-hip way, but there’s some Bardem happening too. Anyway, we don’t have access to the complete interview, but we have enough excerpts to make it worth your while. There’s even a vague mention of something lovely called a “vaginal parfait”. God I love him. Here’s more from the genius, the weirdo, the lovely RDJ:

After two whirlwind days with Robert Downey Jr. in Los Angeles, Walter Kirn discovers the greatest actor of his generation is a hardass, a flake, a superstar — anything you want him to be. The Up in the Air author profiles the Iron Man 2 superstar in Rolling Stone’s new issue, on sale at newsstands today.

During an introspective day on the beach where Kirn and Downey play word association (and coin the term “vaginal parfait”), the actor opens up about his opposition to drug legalization, his interest in science and conspiracy and his current state of mind, which he describes as “the continual process of transcending fear-based rituals.” During the pair’s second afternoon together, Downey gets gritty, speaking out about the downward spiral that led to his ultimate fall: his incarceration from 1999-2000.

Downey recounts how he’d partied with “the son of a local phenom,” smoking black-tar heroin on a two-day bender, just before getting busted for driving with drugs and guns in his possession. He returned home from jail and started searching for “that great coke” he knew he’d stashed somewhere in the house.

“And here I was needing to anesthetize like never before. The wife has moved out, the kid’s gone, my life is a f-cking babyshambles, and I suddenly make the neuropathic connection that there’s nowhere the coke can be but the garbage, and I f-cking dig in the thing and there it is, and it’s so f-cking pure and so clean and there I am, in my own kitchen, cooking up some rock — no Vicodin, no Valium, nothing to take the edge off, barely a trace of f-cking Absolut Citron left in the fridge, and I just go, ‘This is as good as it gets right now.’ I just go, ‘Bam!,’ triumph of the spirit. And the next thing that happens, I’m in custody within two weeks for even stranger reasons, and the phone rings, and it’s the phenom’s son and he goes, ‘Hey, dude, do you have any more of that opium?’ I, of course, told him it was opium. Never call it heroin, it’s very taboo. But this stuff, this Mexican sludge, just grabbed you by the f-cking heartstrings and tore me apart. All those years of snorting coke, and then I accidentally get involved in heroin after smoking crack for the first time. It finally tied my shoelaces together. Smoking dope and smoking coke, you are rendered defenseless. The only way out of that hopeful state is intervention.”

On being in jail: “When the door clicks shut, then you are safe. There is nothing aside from a rogue correctional officer that can do you harm if you have the right cellie. You are actually in the safest place on Earth. Safe from the intruders.”

On doing drugs with Jack Nicholson: “It was the only coke that ever tasted as good as the coke I did with my dad and Jack.”

On being sober: “The ramifications of a little slip are not what they used to be. It’s not kid stuff anymore.”

On the future: “Now I think, ‘Oh, my God, me and the missus will be [in our L.A. home] until the grandkids attend our funerals.’ We’ll always be here. We’ll never f—ing move from here. Crazy.”

[From Rolling Stone and NYDN]

CB and I were just talking about RDJ’s demons and whether he would ever do something douchey, like cheat on his wife Susan. My thoughts were that RDJ’s demons, should he ever self-destruct again, would be of the drug-and-alcohol variety, not of the cheating-with-randoms variety. That being said, I really don’t think he will self-destruct again. I buy that he’s in a better place, probably the best place in his life, and that he’s committed to Susan and staying sober. Bless him.


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  1. meme says:

    I love RDJ. LOVE LOVE LOVE him – always have always will. He’s the man!

  2. Jackson says:

    Ahhh. I just love him. Just. Love.
    Stay on the path, RDJ, stay on the path.

  3. city says:

    i love him too! so happy that he has recovered his life, and i think he will stay committed to susan….

  4. Trillion says:

    Is there anything sexier than an eloquent man with a messy history?

  5. Taya says:

    I used to not like RDJ, but he grew on me. The fact that RDJ pretty much says he fucked up and does not sugar coat it, like many people do, makes him more likable.
    Herion is a very hard drug to stay off of, so I hope he does keep his word and stays clean.

  6. Obvious says:

    why did i just fall even more in love wit this man???

  7. Tiffany says:

    Young Hollywood take note from this man. He was at the bottom and now he is back on top.

    One of the things that I have always liked about RDJ besides being a great actor is that his has an honest, unapologatic view on his demons and past. I have not read about him blaming anyone else but himself about his drugs and partying in the past. Despite the drug use the man had a solid reputation as someone who came on set to work. He likeabilty with people in Hollywood and the media also helps. I never got a two sided vibe from him, you know all cool and nice in front of the camera and then a total a-hole behind the scenes.

    So young actors, use this man as an example of what over indulgence can do to you. The only difference is now, startlets and the next tween hottie actor are churned out of a pex dispenser. You are going to have to depend on talent which this man always had and still does, and a forgiving audience, remember we are paying $10 to go see you in films.

  8. operaghost says:

    Love. Love, love, LOVE. I am so glad that he found his way out of his own personal hell and woke up to find the sun was still shining out here, waiting for him. So glad that he made it.

  9. meme says:

    Unfortunately, most of the ‘young actors’ around these days don’t have the talent of one of RDJ’s fingers.

  10. Novaraen says:


  11. Joan says:

    I never really took to RDJ (even now) but I am glad to see that he is straightening himself up and, moreover, being honest about so many things. Good for him. 🙂

  12. Lisa says:

    I have loved him since his “Chaplin” and “Less Than Zero” days. I always had hope that he would make it back up where he belongs. Just love him!

  13. Bodhi says:

    Le sigh, gawd I love RDJ!

    Did he ever actually cheat on Susan?

  14. d says:

    sooooooooooo hot

  15. cake says:

    Media and the public are so sexist, see how they drag Angelina for her past. She has owned up, and tremendously matured and is doing good things but she is the ONLY one who is mudslinged. Thing is Angelina is brave and takes no prisoners. She does her work, continues with her humanitarian work, and takes care of her family.

  16. original kate says:

    so talented, so hot and so lucky to have found a strong woman who would not put up with his shit. i love them together.

  17. Lala11_7 says:

    I love RDJ as an actor…but I gotta say…regarding his personal life…he seems like a LOT OF WORK…

    And historically, I’ve always been involved with guys who are A LOT OF WORK…

    And I have since retired from that job…it’s too much!!!

  18. Jeri says:

    I’m a member of the choir.

  19. Nancy says:

    Dammm! This man is so sexy and funny and also a great actor who beat his demons.

  20. Victoria says:

    God I LOVE this man but that story of him digging in the TRASH for the drugs gave me chills!

  21. Raven says:

    My biggest question in all this is what his current relationship is with his father. The fact that his father and Jack Nicholson gave him drugs as a child just sickens me. I was around plenty of drugs in the 60’s and early 70’s. No one I ever knew would have given hard drugs to a child. His father was an accomplished person, not someone raised in a junkie ghetto who never knew any better. And all the years RDJ was in trouble, where was his father?

    Downey sr is still alive. Does RDJ just avoid him or what? Now there would be a story.

  22. di butler says:

    One of the people who helped RDJ the most, never gets the recognition he deserves. Mel Gibson. He stayed close with RDJ and paid his insurance bonds for his two comeback attempts. No one in H’wood would bond him so he could act again, but Gibson had faith in him and laid down his millions. Now that’s a good friend.

  23. jc126 says:

    Didn’t know that about Mel Gibson, that’s nice.
    RDJ is a towering talent. I so hope he stays clean, like him a lot.

  24. Trillion says:

    Cake: Word!

  25. erica says:

    I. LOVE. THIS. MAN. Completely.

  26. Camille says:

    Love him, I would be gutted if he ever relapses.

  27. Ophelia says:

    I love him!
    I was totally getting a vibe that he looked very similar to some actor and I couldn’t place it. It’s so a Javier Bardem vibe! And he gives me a Jeffrey Dean Morgan vibe. Some people really look alike to me. Like Zooey Descanel and Katy Perry and Lizzy Caplan. They all look like mildly altered versions of each other.

  28. fee says:

    Am I the only person curious as to what in the world a “vaginal parfait” is?

  29. Mingo says:

    One day at a time. Beware the tendency to romanticize and sexualize the downward spiral.

  30. Anti-icon says:

    Man I love RDJ, always did. I think he’s prolly very much at risk to relapse in any capacity, but he sounds like a guy who engages in some regular therapy. Which is what will keep him sober, and also make him a rather wise modern-day philosopher. Love RDJ!

  31. Aussie Mama says:

    OMG he’s just so hot, so raw, so honest, so real, he’s lived, he’s been to hell, BUT HE’S BACK BABY!!!!
    Lurrrrrv RDJ, as much as my crazy 9 year old beautiful girl loves Justin Bieber!!!
    And let me tell ya, that’s nuts.
    RDJ if your out there man and you read this, I would love you to say in your next interview; Hi Tanya In Adelaide!!!

  32. crazydaisy says:

    Sign me up for the LOVE fest. Loving Robert Downey Jr. forever. May he stay clean. So worth it.

    Kaiser u r spot on: photog/stylist definitely working the bardem angle.


    P.S. Lala11_7: i’m with you, as in retired from that long-held but thankless position, lol.

  33. VP says:

    He is such a great actor! He really does make any movie he is in. He was wonderful in “Chaplin.” I hope he keeps it together.

    @Mingo – Amen!

  34. Patsy says:

    can i be susan downey for a day?

  35. Ironhead says:

    Okay, I’ll say it.

    I’d go gay for RDJ.

    Christ, I should put that on a sticker.

  36. Jazz says:

    First of all let’s leave Angelina out of this post. That’s a completely different thing.

    @Raven – they have a pretty good relationship I think. Robert Sr was RDJ’s guest of honour at Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People thing in 2008.

    Jesus that picture of him sprawled on a chair is sexy. Le sigh…

  37. buckley says:

    Love him, but hate his goofy style…

  38. momo says:

    love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Lizzie says:

    OMG—I LOVE him!!! And yeah, LOVE the pic sprawled out on the couch—why can’t I ever come home and find THAT on MY couch??? LOL!!! Is there anything as beautiful as this man? God, he’s absolutely gorgeous. RDJ, God bless you, sweetheart. You make me smile. 🙂

  40. Edward says:

    i enjoy his movies alot has a good actor.