Robert Downey Jr. says he gave up drugs after Burger King served him ” a cheeseburger so disgusting that it forced him to reassess his entire life.” The burger was so nasty that he suddenly felt like something terrible was going to happen to him, so he threw all his drugs into the ocean and has been clean ever since. One man’s complaint is another’s life changing epiphany, we suppose. [OK!]


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  1. JulesWinnfield says:

    That was no cheeseburger. It was the Cold Turkey Sandwich.

  2. VikingP77 says:


  3. ConsumptionJunkie says:

    At least BK is good for one thing.

  4. drjayphd says:


  5. dogmatixx says:

    That’s ironic considering that in Iron Man Burger King had a product placement, and when Tony Stark gets back from captivity the first thing he wants is a cheeseburger, and he gets it from Burger King?! That was the most unrealistic thing in that movie.

    The fact that he invents a fist sized reactor capable of generating massive amounts of energy? I can accept that.
    He craves a burger while in captivity and the best he can think of is BK? That just strains credibility!

  6. davidfbecker says:

    Wasn’t the first American food that Tony Stark had upon returning from imprisonment in Iron Man a Burger King burger??? This reporting doesn’t seem to mesh with that…

  7. davidfbecker says:

    @dogmatixx: Dammit!

  8. spinachdip says:

    @drjayphd: Well, he kinda answers that question – he was high as a kite.

    While I’ve never done any non-marijuana contrabands, I can understand – sometimes, I feel stressed or exhausted and go to the nearest fast food joint, and I’m inevitably disappointed. I still keep going back, though.

  9. spinachdip says:

    @dogmatixx: @davidfbecker: “The actor revealed that there is a nod to that moment in his latest movie, Iron Man, when his character asks for a Burger King cheeseburger when he is released by kidnappers.”

    That’s from an OK! magazine article. I think it was linked on the Consumerist.

  10. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    “I got these cheeseburgers, man!”

  11. This entire thread belongs on the Consumerist for what reason?

  12. spinachdip says:

    @Corporate-Shill: To drive pageviews, and by extension, ad revenue.

  13. howie_in_az says:

    That’s amazing — some friends and I found large quantities of perfectly good drugs in the water while surfing and are now addicted.


  14. @spinachdip:

    Thankyou for the explaination.

  15. jsnorcal says:

    I can haz cheeseburger to kick my torrid affair with drugs?

  16. gibbersome says:

    Wow, I was thinking about going to BK earlier…but now I must reassess my life.

  17. rdldr1 says:

    I gave up Hootie and the Blowfish after eating a BK Tender Crisp Cheddar Bacon Ranch.

  18. iron mangina

  19. donkeyjote says:

    @JulesWinnfield: Zing :D

    What I find funny is that a cheezebuger forced him to reevaluate his life, but not the multiple court visits, the time in jail or the hundreds and thousands of dollars in rehab…

  20. laserjobs says:

    I did some really bad drugs one time that made me reassess my entire life. Now I am totally off my cheeseburger addiction.

  21. DeepFriar says:

    I once had Taco Bell so bad, I thought they had added drugs.
    Grug subtraction/addition. Tomato/tomahto

  22. jumpycore says:

    if you read the article, at the bottom it says:

    “The actor revealed that there is a nod to that moment in his latest movie, Iron Man, when his character asks for a Burger King cheeseburger when he is released by kidnappers.”

  23. ninjatoddler says:

    The Hoff wants you to take back your statements about Burger King!

  24. zentex says:

    @laserjobs: I lol’d

  25. dorianh49 says:

    These are some of the funniest comments ever. Ever.

  26. Imaginary_Friend says:

    Whoa! That’s weird. The same thing happened to me at the Outback, but I couldn’t polish off that damn Bloomin’ Onion, so I only made it through half my life. I gave up Ambien for Lent though. Does that count?

  27. bohemian says:

    I got a burger at BK once that made me re-evaluate the entire concept of consuming fast food. It really was the beginning of the end. I rarely eat fast food anymore and only a very small group of places. BK made me kick my junk food habit – thanks BK.

    Seriously, it was the nastiest excuse for food I think I had ever seen. Lettuce should not have gelatinous goo around it.

  28. HeartBurnKid says:

    @Corporate-Shill: Because it’s hilarious.

  29. Craig says:

    In other news, a large number of flying fish (of all species) have been reported up and down the Southern California coast.

  30. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Meanwhile, I had a BK cheeseburger so bad it drove me to drugs.

  31. Uriel says:

    I had to reassess my life after MC Hammer refused to play until he finished the last piece of popcorn chicken. Let’s see if anyone remembers this commercial…

  32. Trai_Dep says:

    One fine actor’s loss is one hallucinating harbor seal’s blurry-eyed gain!

  33. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    “My name is Nick Fury. And I’m here to talk to you about Flame Broiled Initiative.”

  34. ivanthemute says:

    Holy shit, that’s awesome. Um…where’s my six pack BK miniburgers?

  35. Jones91 says:

    holy hell man, if something is that nasty to make someone stop using drugs, then wow.. that must be one nasty Dumpster Burger

  36. spinachdip says:

    Carl Weathers: Thanks for meeting me down here at Burger King. I’m trying to get them to underwrite a new TV project I’m working on. Get some money in exchange for setting a scene here at Burger King.

    Tobias: Well, as long as you don’t draw attention to it.

    Carl Weathers: You know, I’m directing an episode of the series ‘Scandal Makers’. It’s about the Bluth family and your father-in-law’s escape from justice. I play the lead, a bounty hunter.

    Tobias: Oh.

    Carl Weathers: Name of Ice.

    Tobias: Oh, no. You want me to play myself, don’t you? I swore I’d not go reality. I will do…

    Carl Weathers: No, no, no, no, no. I-I… I already got a great guy named Dave Attell to play you. I wasn’t actually here to ask you to be in it. I was looking for somebody in your family to sign a release.

    Tobias: I could not betray my family like that.

    Carl Weathers: Come on, man. I got every part cast except for George, Sr.

    Tobias: I want that part.

    Carl Weathers: Then sign over the rights.

    Carl Weathers: I’m gonna go get a new soda. Hey, you know that you can get a refill on any drink you want here, and it’s free?

    Tobias: It’s a wonderful restaurant. Mmm!

    Narrator: It sure is.

  37. jjason82 says:

    I bet Burger King isn’t happy he said that, especially after the product placement in his movie.

  38. InThrees says:

    **** I need to go Burger King! I needs me some tainted introspection.

  39. SkyeBlue says:

    Forget their hamburgers, seeing that creepy Burger King “King” on TV has scared me off from ever wanting to go into a Burger King again!

  40. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    In “The Incredible Hulk”, Banner freaks out when he doesn’t get a large OJ in McDonald’s.

  41. laserjobs says:
  42. Thassodar says:

    @BuddyGuyMontag: Awesome cause I could see Sam J. saying that. He’s said alot worse in different movies.

  43. humphrmi says:


  44. rockett1 says:

    so ironic in Iron Man the first thing he did when he was taken out of capture was go to a BK and eat Cheeseburgers.

  45. RedSonSuperDave says:

    To be fair, in Iron Man, Stark didn’t request to GO to Burger King, he just said that he wanted a good American cheeseburger. It was the chauffeur’s choice to take him to Burger King.

    It is worth noting that after that scene in the movie, the chauffeur is NEVER SEEN AGAIN. You can draw your own conclusions.

  46. BlackFlag55 says:

    One mans’ meat is another man’s poi …. son.

  47. bombaxstar says:

    @AlteredBeast: “I’ll suck yo dick!!”

    2nd favorite movie ever.

  48. sam1am says:

    “Marijuana is not a drug. I used to eat burger king for coke. Now that’s an addiction. You ever eat burger king for marijuana?”

  49. mammalpants says:

    it was a bad burger because he snorted it.

  50. Angryrider says:

    I gave up cheese when I had a KFC famous bowl. It just defies all logic!

  51. garbagehead says:

    He’s stuck in the role of Tony Stark. He couldn’t live with the product placement of that dammed whopper in Iron Man and had to redeem his soul by telling reporters that BK is worse that H. A truth any BK employee knows and understands.

  52. S-the-K says:

    Wait, I’m confused. So he’s saying that eating at BK is worse than being a coke-head? Either my standards are really low or being a coke-head is pretty awesome.

  53. Tekneek says:

    There is nothing great about Burger King. Although the biggest problem with the food they serve is well before it ever makes it to the restaurant. I can understand having some food served to you that is so diabolical that it wakes you up to other problems in your life as well. Especially in America, where eating is almost a hobby rather than simply to maintain life.

    I went vegetarian over 4 years ago and got out of that system. I don’t go to fast food because they don’t have anything there for me. I just became a vegan recently. The mass-produced mass-marketed gross food industry doesn’t even try to get my business. I am healthier and generally feel better than I ever did when I was playing their game. Fast food is really the very bottom of quality food in the world. They go out of their way to make everything they serve worse than it would be if you made it yourself.

  54. chenry says:

    I had an experience like that before, except I just quit eating BK.

    Still do coke though. Hellova drug.

  55. Trai_Dep says:

    @S-the-K: While there’s some pretty decent coke out there, every BK burger sucks hard.

  56. justrick says:

    I had a similar experience after eating BK’s fries. Bleh.

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  59. hejustlaughs says:

    @dogmatixx: I see where you’re coming from especially when In-N-Out is around that part of the U.S.

  60. Kekaha says:

    I hate to be a downer on this but I suspect that Mr. Downey’s problems with drugs are not as far in the past as he would like himself and us to believe.

    Tell me, Robert, is the first time you’ve dumped all your drugs? Do you realize that the problem is not with the drugs or Burger King but in yourself?

    Perhaps another try at rehab might be more fruitful than dramatic statements to the press.