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Disney Legends Honor Prompts Robert Downey Jr. Pot Story

August 24, 2019

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Robert Downey Jr. says he had a wild Disneyland ride in his younger days.

The “Iron Man” and “Avengers: Endgame” star, among those honored Friday as Disney Legends, said his first visit to the Southern California resort included a brief detention for “smoking pot in a gondola.”

“I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing center, given a stern warning and returned to, if memory serves, one very disappointed group chaperone,” Downey said.

He turned serious when he spoke about the Marvel movies.

“I get to remain a fan of the first inclusive and evolving cinematic universe ever so far,” said Downey, whose character meets a dark fate in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Disney CEO Robert Iger presented the Legends trophy to the actor at the D23 Expo Disney fan event. The company said it honors those who have made remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy.

Singer Christina Aguilera, actress Ming-Na Wen, journalists Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts and directors Jon Favreau and Kenny Ortega were among others receiving trophies.

Aguilera, who performed “Reflection” from the Disney movie “Mulan,” called it “way cooler than a Grammy.”

Wen thanked her mother for giving her the courage to live “this American dream.”

The actress voiced the role of Mulan and is joining the cast of the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service’s “The Mandalorian.”

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer

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