The Iron Man actor was honoured at Disney’s biennial D23 convention in Anaheim. After a brief introduction to Disney’s chief executive officer Bob Iger, Downey hoped for a lively crowd to come clean.
Downey Jr. explained, “There’s a little trivia for you. The first time I went to Disneyland, I was transported to a different location … just moments after I was arrested.” “I was taken to a surprisingly friendly processing unit. Strict warning, if memory servers, a frustrated group has returned to Chaperone. I would like to amend for whoever had to contain me for smoking pot in the gondola without a license.”
“I’m sorry, I don’t want to further confuse the issue by insinuating that pot smoking licenses for the gondola are in any way attainable, or for any of the other park attractions… Maybe the Imagineers but that’s their own business. That’s a load off.”
Fellow honoree Diane Sawyer’s speech was somewhat sweet – a heartwarming tale of sharing “Cinderella” with her family and friends – the “Reflection” singer and former Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera, whose first Disney memory was actually at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Others recognized as Disney Legends honorees include John Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Ming-Na Wen and Hans Zimmer.