Robert Downey Jr., who has a compelling story of overcoming hardship and regaining the respect of his colleagues, took a risk recently at the 25th American Cinematheque Awards last Friday. Fellow actor and good friend, Mel Gibson presented Downey. Jr. with an award for his life's work, after which RDJ decided to utilize his air time by saying a few kind words about his recently down-trodden friend.
After relaying how Gibson helped him through his struggles, Downey Jr. addressed his fellow entertainers directly,
"I humbly ask that you join me, unless you are completely without sin, and in which case you picked the wrong ------- industry, in forgiving my friend of his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate that you have me and allowing him to continue his great and on-going contribution to our collective art without shame," he said.
After the speech, the two friends hugged onstage.