Former addict Robert Downey Jr. 'producing Showtime drama centered on a Venice Beach drug rehab center'
Showtime has 'put in development' a drama produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, and penned by Gary Lennon (Orange Is the New Black). According to Deadline, the cable network landed the untitled project in a 'competitive situation.' The drama would be set in 1983 at a colourful Venice Beach rehab/therapeutic community. Addiction and recovery is all too familiar territory for the two-time Oscar nominee, whose taste for cocaine and heroin landed him in court-ordered rehab twice. In 1999, the troubled 49-year-old spent nearly a year at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Two years later, he landed at Promises - also known as the 'Malibu Motel' - which has treated celebs like Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan. 'When someone says, "I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?" Well, uh, you're a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot,' Robert told Oprah Winfrey in 2004. Back in 1987, Downey earned some of the best reviews of his career as Hollywood junkie Julian in Less Than Zero also featuring Brat Pack actors Andrew McCarthy and James Spader. The Iron Man star credits his sobriety to his wife, therapy, meditation, 12-step recovery programs, yoga, and the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Venice beach drug rehab