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Robert Downey Jr. has most certainly cleaned up his act and made, arguably, the greatest comeback in Hollywood history. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of his fellow Tinseltown troublemakers.
Still, the 45-year-old actor -- who is currently promoting his latest flick, a road trip buddy comedy called Due Date -- opted to carefully sidestep questions surrounding the likes of Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson.
Downey stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, and the host asked him about his relationship with Sheen, 45, who most recently wound up in the hospital after a wild night at N.Y.C.'s Plaza Hotel. "We were in high school together," the actor said. "We didn’t really hang out." Downey then joked, "I mean, it sounds like we could have really partied.”
David Letterman went on to ask Downey if he would ever consider reaching out to Sheen to help him or give him advice. But the Oscar nominee said he'd rather lead through example. "I think the best thing I can do is just keep the plug in the jug myself and stay out of trouble," he said. However, Downey did try to find some words of wisdom for the troubled star. "He’s a grown man…What am I gonna say?," he said. "The only advice I would give him is, you know, don’t get arrested."
Downey was once again asked about Sheen during a visit Tuesday morning to the Today show and once again he stayed rather tight-lipped about the situation. When cohost Meredith Vieria asked Downey what he'd say to Sheen, the star replied bluntly, "Whatever I would say to him."
But Sheen wasn't the only troubled star Vieria wanted to talk about. The host broached the topic of Downey's longtime friend, Mel Gibson, 54, who has put his career in jeopardy with his alleged violence and verbal outbursts, as well as that infamous 2006 drunk driving incident.
"Well, it's fair to say anything you like... he and I have a friendship that spans well over two decades," Downey said, adding, "He's a stand-up guy -- he's always has been for me -- and certainly when I was not hire-able, he put his ass on the line and said, ‘I'll take that chance.’"
Recently it seemed as if Gibson was getting a second chance when he snagged a cameo in the highly anticipated comedy The Hangover 2 (which shares Due Date's director Todd Phillips, as well as costar Zach Galifianakis), but he was later fired from the project because of objections from the film's cast and crew. Vieira asked Downey if he helped Gibson score the role. "First of all, he doesn't need my help," he replied. "He will always have my friendship, and that's just talking about business and Hollywood stuff, which to me is nowhere as important as friendship."
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