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Robert Downey Jr: "I wish I'd had discipline"

Robert Downey Jr wishes he'd had "proper discipline" in his life at the age of 18 because he wouldn't have become so reliant on drugs.

Robert Downey Jr. wishes he'd had "proper discipline" in his life at 18.

The 48-year-old actor has admitted using drugs from a young age, emulating his father, Robert Downey Sr., who was a frequent drug user. The Iron Man star feels his life would have been easier if his dad had put firmer rules in place when he was a youngster.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: "I wish I'd had proper discipline in my life at 18."

The star credits his second wife, Susan Downey, whom he married in 2005, for getting his life back on track and encouraging him to create order and future plans.

He explained: "When I finally had some [discipline], from my wife Susan, I realized how much easier things could have been."

Robert, who claims he started using marijuana at the age of six, has been drug free since 2003 but admits his addiction to substances meant his career took a back seat and he developed a negative attitude towards acting for some time.

He said: "People who understand drug abuse know that you are not dealing with a rational mind.

"My attitude was always, 'F**k it, I don't care. I don't care about fame. I don't care if I f**k up my career. It's not important to me."