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Downey Jr. Felt Like a Drowning Mouse

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Former Hollywood badboy Robert Downey, Jr. has likened his struggle with alcohol and drug addiction to being a mouse drowning in a fish-tank. The Chaplin star is celebrating 12 months of sobriety after years of substance abuse, two stints in jail and a shattered public image, but will never forget the feeling of helplessness he experienced during his troubled years. He says, "So why can't I get out of my way? It's because you come to believe that it's a hopeless situation. It's like you take a mouse, and you put him in a fish-tank and fill it with water. The mouse swims to survive but sooner or later he gets tired and falls to the bottom. You do that 20 times, and eventually the mouse just falls straight to the bottom. He's thinking, 'To hell with it - I don't want to swim for 10 minutes, it doesn't matter, I'm falling anyway.' And that's what it's been like for me."

Downey Jr. Reveals Reason for Moving Wedding

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Robert Downey, Jr claims he moved his wedding from the New York estate of Ron Perelman and Ellen Barkin at the last minute because the couple gave him "somewhat less" than their best wishes. The Chaplin star and producer Susan Levin were due to exchange nuptials at the billionaire couple's sprawling estate in the Hamptons on Saturday, but switched venues at the last minute, leading people to believe it was because the location had been exposed to the media. And while later reports suggested the move occurred because Perelman didn't want to release photographs of his estate, Downey insists the switch - along with Perelman and Barkin's absence - was rooted in something else. He tells Us TV show Extra!, "As for my disinvitation of Ron and Ellen... they wished us somewhat less than all the happiness in the world."

Downey To Wed?

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Robert Downey, Jr. is set to marry his film producer girlfriend Susan Levin, according to reports in Britain. The acclaimed Chaplin actor, who has a son Indio with ex-wife Deborah Falconer, credits Levin - a producer on his new movie Gothika - with helping him make a full recovery from his persistent drink and drug problems. British newspapers are reporting the cleaned-up star will reveal his marriage plans on an episode of the Frank Skinner Show, to be aired on Saturday. Reports claim Downey tells the show's host Skinner, "I got a ring for her birthday. It's an engagement ring. It's not sized right, so right now it's on her middle finger." He is also said to have told journalists backstage at the program, "We've been through a lot but we're so in love."

Downey Jr. Sued For Defamation

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Chaplin star Robert Downey, Jr is being sued by one of his former cellmates - for defamation. The sexy star, who was jailed for three years in 1999 after repeated breaking the terms of his parole over a previous drug conviction - made comments about Charles Bell in an article in Vanity Fair magazine. Downey Jnr was released from jail in 2000 after serving only part of his sentence and spoke to the American publication shortly after. In the article he described Bell as a "recovering pimp" who "talks to satellites. " Now Bell is responding by suing the actor, Vanity Fair and its publisher Conde Nast for the comments. He argues that the remarks were part of a "scheme to increase the sinking ego" of Downey and "to increase the public's opinion of him." He is hoping to elicit $100,000 from the trio of defendants.

Downey: I Missed Out on Calista Reunion

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Recovering drug addict Robert Downey, Jr hoped to rekindle his romance with Calista Flockhart - until Harrison Ford entered her life. Downey, 37, went out with the slimline actress when the two were starring in Ally McBeal - but the relationship collapsed due to his persistent drug problems. And the Chaplin star's hopes of a reconciliation as soon as the slight star met Ford last year - and soon fell in love. He says, "I had the chance of a reunion, but that was blown out of the water." Flockhart, 38, has been with the Indiana Jones star since early 2002, despite their 22-year age gap. Downey adds, "Once Harrison came on the scene that was it, but I tell myself not many guys can compete with Harrison Ford."

Robert Downey Jr. Locked Up For Too Long

Robert Downey Jr. Locked Up For Too Long
Actor Robert Downey Jr. has been behind bars for too long according to lawyers. Attorney Robert Walters said the Malibu judge who sentenced Downey on drug charges made legal and mathematical errors, says the Los Angeles Times. Walters said Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira did not specify whether Downey's misdemeanor sentences would run at the same time or in a series and didn't take into account the time Downey had already served in a drug rehab program. Downey, 34, was jailed last year after admitting during a probation hearing that he was missing scheduled drug tests. Mira sentenced him to three years in prison. Downey earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the title role in Chaplin (1992).

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