When I went to see Iron Man, I remember my boyfriend turning to me asking what was up with the ‘cheseburger’ scene. It was shortly after Tony escaped his captors and was demanding cheeseburgers. My boyfriend figured there must have been something up with that, but we never discussed it again. Ends up it was loosely based on Robert Downey Jr.’s own personal experience with his drug addiction and credits Burger King for helping him beat the habit.
The fast food epiphany happened in 2003 when the “Iron Man” star was driving a car piled with “tons of f—ing dope,” Downey Jr. told Britain’s Empire magazine. The actor decided to pull over for a burger and everything changed.
“I have to thank Burger King,” he said. “It was such a disgusting burger I ordered. I had that, and this big soda, and I thought something really bad was going to happen.” Downey Jr. says he then tossed all of his drugs into the ocean, deciding right then and there to clean up his act.
Source: New York Daily News.