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Robert Downey Jr.'s Hangover Food: Tuna Melts

Bauer Griffin

Robert Downey Jr. famously struggled with drug addiction between 1996 and 2001, but he usually managed to hide his problem while he was working.

He said: "It used to be that you could throw me out of the back of a party van on to the set, give me a tuna melt, and I could function."

The 45-year-old star -- who was arrested in 1996 after a two-day cocaine binge -- also opened up about how "wrecked" he was at the time.

He recalled to Rolling Stone magazine: "It's about noon. I'm feeling ready to go back home to Malibu. I had to be careful with the car. There's a firearm in it. I'm wrecked. I see this cop who pulls me over, and it was many felonies."

Downey, who is married to producer Susan Levin, was recently praised for the way he has fought back from addiction to transform his career by his Iron Man 2 co-star Mickey Rourke.

Mickey said: "I'm so happy with what's happening with him because usually if you have problems with drugs you end up like a garbage can. I can't think of many people who have made it back like he did, because he didn't have a little drug problem, he had a big drug problem."

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