You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Downey gets 3 yr. prison term for parole violations

Thesp failed 7 court-ordered drug rehabs, judge sez

Robert Downey Jr. was saddled Thursday with a three-year prison sentence for violating probation, but the actor’s career still breathes life, at least until the end of the year.

All of Downey’s current projects have wrapped and are close to release. The promotional blitz for “Bowfinger,” which opens Aug. 16, will unfold as scheduled because Downey “just had a cameo role and was not crucial to the campaign anyway,” said a source inside Universal. “There’s going to be no change whatsover.”

Paramount’s “Wonder Boys,” starring Michael Douglas and directed by “L.A. Confidential” helmer Curtis Hanson, has also wrapped. An end-of-year release has been planned.

Municipal Court Judge Lawrence Mira said the actor has failed at seven court-ordered drug rehabilitation programs since his 1996 arrest. He handed Downey a three-year prison term minus 201 days for time already served.

Since his arrest in June for a drug-use probation violation, Downey has not officially considered any further job offers, said his publicist, Alan Nierob of Rogers and Cowan, because “his fate has been undetermined.”

Popular on Variety

He was considered for starring roles in an untitled Mark Kostabi biopic and in Nick Cassavetes’ “Unless That Someone Is You,” opposite Courtney Love.

About a month ago, Downey was bounced off Carsey-Werner’s animated series, “God, the Devil and Bob.” He had voiced the Devil.

Writers and Artists agent Joan Scott is convinced that because Downey is “brilliantly talented, the industry will rally to his side. I’m sure that he’ll work when he comes out.”

Scott also quipped, “There’s a lot of people in this industry on drugs who just don’t get caught.”

Downey’s attorney Robert Shapiro was outraged at the three-year sentence, and told Daily Variety, “I don’t know of any case where someone freely admitted to violating probation and still got the maximum sentence.” Shapiro emphasized that “two psychiatrists even agreed that he was recovering.”

Before the judge’s final decision Thursday, the actor had most recently served 45 days in Impact, an in-custody drug treatment program.

Where Downey will serve his prison time will be determined by the director of the state Department of Corrections sometime next month.

More Film

  • Morgan Freeman Lori McCreary Gary Lucchesi

    Film News Roundup: Morgan Freeman's Revelations Teams With Gary Lucchesi for Production Venture

    In today’s film news roundup, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi are teaming up; Zolee Griggs, Sara Rue and Ed Quinn are cast; and “Clementine” finds a home. JOINT VENTURE Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment is teaming with former Lakeshore Entertainment president Gary Lucchesi for a joint production venture. Lucchesi will develop [...]

  • 'When Lambs Become Lions' Review: A

    Film Review: 'When Lambs Become Lions'

    “For us, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants,” says Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in a televised statement, shortly before several vast hauls of severed elephant tusks — ornately piled like sacred shrines — is ceremoniously set ablaze. It’s a confiscated collection that, Kenyatta tells his audience, is worth $150 million, literally going [...]

  • Shannon Hoon

    Live Nation Productions Boards Danny Clinch-Helmed Blind Melon Doc 'All I Can Say'

    Live Nation Productions and Double E Entertainment have signed on as executive producers of “All I Can Say,” the documentary film featuring footage shot entirely by the late Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon. The film’s title is taken from the opening lines of Blind Melon’s instantly recognizable 1993 smash, “No Rain.” Culled from Hoon’s archives, the [...]

  • Tom Hanks stars as Mister Rogers

    How Mr. Rogers Influenced the Pacing of 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

    Fred Rogers was an icon to many. Everyone who met him and knew him says, “He really was like that.” He spoke in a soft voice and he was kind. He believed in doing good to others. He spoke to children in “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in a soft voice, helping them to process complicated emotions [...]

  • Dowdle Brothers

    The Dowdle Brothers Tackle New 'Friday Night Lights' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Erick and Drew Dowdle, aka the Dowdle brothers, have boarded Universal Pictures’ reimagining of “Friday Night Lights.” Both will do a polish on the script, with John Erick directing and Drew exec producing. Sources tell Variety that the movie is not a sequel to Universal’s 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, nor is it [...]

  • Roman Polanski's Accuser Reached Out to

    Roman Polanski's New Accuser Reached Out to L.A. Prosecutors in Early 2017

    Valentine Monnier, the former actor who recently went public with her accusation that Roman Polanski raped her 44 years ago, sent an anonymous letter to L.A. prosecutors in early 2017 detailing those allegations, sources tell Variety. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has confirmed that it received such a letter in February 2017 and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content