Iron Man to the rescue? Rumors of Robert Downey Jr funding Armie Hammer's rehab split Internet

Reports claim that Armie Hammer, 35, has flown back to Los Angeles and is staying at a place owned by Downey Jr


                            Iron Man to the rescue? Rumors of Robert Downey Jr funding Armie Hammer's rehab split Internet
Robert Downey Jr reportedly helped Armie Hammer by paying for his rehab and letting him stay at a place he owns (Gareth Cattermole/Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Armie Hammer is at the heart of recent controversies and now one of the highest-paid actors of all time, Robert Downey Jr, also has his name attached to the disgraced actor. It is being reported that Hammer, who was previously seen working at Caymans Islands, has found his way back to Los Angeles, courtesy of Downey Jr. Hammer had started losing projects left and right following several rape and sexual misconduct allegations and was found selling timeshares in the Caymans.

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Variety reported on Thursday that the 35-year-old actor has flown back to Los Angeles and is staying at a place owned by Downey Jr. The 57-year-old actor also reportedly paid for Hammer's 6-month stint in the Florida rehabilitation facility The Guest House. According to the website, Guest House "cater[s] in particular to clients who have high-stress or high-visibility lifestyles such as business executives, politicians, and entertainment professionals," and is spread over a 52-acre estate in Silver Springs. Further, a source told the publication that Hammer is staying at a home owned by the 'Iron Man' star. He even reportedly attended an AA meeting and Downey Jr is helping him financially until Hammer gets back on his feet.

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The great-grandson of Armand Hammer was previously seen on Caymans Islands working as a timeshare salesman, as reported by Variety itself. His career blew up in 2021 when several women came forward to accuse the actor of sending creepy texts with cannibalism hints like, "I want to eat you." The allegations were enough for Hollywood to chew him up and spit him out. His last project was 'Death on the Nile'. He was dropped by his agency WME and lost projects like 'Shotgun Wedding', 'The Offer', and 'The Minutes'. Now the question is, why is Robert Downey Jr helping him?

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Armie Hammer attends the 'Free Fire' Closing Night Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 16, 2016 in London, England.
Armie Hammer attends the 'Free Fire' Closing Night Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 16, 2016 in London, England (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)

Why is Robert Downey Jr helping Armie Hammer?

The exact reason as to why Downey Jr is helping Armie Hammer is still unclear as there have been no official statements whatsoever. However, there is a possibility that Downey Jr empathized with the suffering actor as his current situation pretty much reflects his own past. The critically acclaimed actor has seen many ups and downs in his career. From finding fame in his early years to prison, he's seen it all. Downey Jr was sent to prison for 6 months for violating probation. For a flashback, he was arrested in 1996 for possession of heroin, cocaine, and a pistol after being pulled over for speeding. His drug addiction and prison time tarnished his image in Hollywood, but his comeback was stronger than ever. Hence, the actor would have simply empathized and decided to help Hammer, a father of two. 

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Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Universal Pictures'
Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Dolittle" at Regency Village Theatre on January 11, 2020 in Westwood, California (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

When Downey Jr was suffering, he himself was saved by another actor - Mel Gibson. In 2014, Gibson told Vanity Fair, "Everybody was set to write the guy off, and it was hard to watch, because he’s so f*cking talented. And so you think, 'What’s happening there?' And you know he’s his own worst enemy. He’s flawed. We’re all flawed. My God, I’m more flawed than he is! It’s something you recognize and have empathy with, but the guy made this amazing bid for life that’s nothing short of astounding." But way before Gibson became Downey Jr's voice, the Marvel superstar stood up for Gibson back in 2010 and 2011 when he was getting flak for leaked videos where he could be seen yelling racial slurs and using the n-word at his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. While Downey Jr is all about lending his hand for help, some fans have a serious problem with this recent development. 

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Honoree Robert Downey Jr. (L) and actor Mel Gibson pose with 25th Annual Cinematheque Award during The 25th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Honoree Robert Downey Jr. (L) and actor Mel Gibson pose with 25th Annual Cinematheque Award during The 25th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California (Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Internet questions Robert Downey Jr's decision to help Armie Hammer

One user wrote on Twitter, "What about his victims? who's giving support for them?" Another user referred to the allegations of cannibalism while tweeting, "I can see the sentiment from RDJ here, he got a second chance so wants to give someone else that opportunity. But cannibalism is a whole other level of insane." One user joked about Hammer's condition and said, "im just imagining armie hammer being so f*cked up that rdj had to beg him to go to rehab."

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One user slammed Downey Jr for helping Hammer with a bogus motivation, saying "The Robert Downey Jr/armie hammer thing is a weird one for me because I won’t complain about armie going to rehab - god knows that sicko needs professional intervention - but I don’t have any faith in Robert’s motivations." Another wrote, "Downey funds Armie's rehab because he himself came back from multiple arrests on drug related charges, and a stint in prison. Armie told women he wanted to remove their ribs, bbq them and eat them, and shared rape fantasies. There's no rehab for that."

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