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Pot luck: Robert Downey Jr. says he was treated kindly after caught smoking weed on first Disneyland visit


Robert Downey Jr. appears at the D23 Disney Legends event at Anaheim Convention Center on Friday. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Iron Man was lucky he didn’t end up behind iron bars.

While accepting a Disney Legends Award on Friday for his 11 portrayals of superhero Tony Stark/Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. generated guffaws recounting a tale from his youth.

“Here’s a bit of trivia for you. The very first time I went to Disneyland I was transported to another place — within moments of being arrested. I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing center, given a strict warning, and returned to, if memory serves, one very disappointed group chaperone," said Downey. "I’ve been sitting on that shame for a while and I’m just going to release it here tonight.”

As the audience laughed, the 54-year-old star added, “I would like to make amends to whoever had to detain me for smoking pot in a gondola without a license. And I don’t wanna further confuse the issue by insinuating that pot-smoking licenses for the gondola are in any way obtainable.”

Assuming a more somber tone, Downey, a two-time Academy Award nominee, then thanked all of his Disney collaborators.

“I’m delighted to be among such a rich and diverse group of humans, all seeking to reflect the many challenges of life through the lens of creative expression.”

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Next up to receive an award was “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who joked that Downey’s speech would be difficult to top.

“It’s really hard to talk about your first Disneyland experience after what Robert said,” quipped Roberts.