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There’s no one hotter than an actor, except maybe an addict. And the only thing hotter than an addict is an addict in recovery; older, wiser, more chiseled. Well, look out Chicago, because the hottest guy to admit his life has become unmanageable is headed our way.
Best known for his work in films such as “Chaplin,” “Iron Man” and “Less Than Zero,” Robert Downey, Jr., a two time Golden Globe winner, will be presented with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at the Ritz-Carlton on June 19. Unrelated, if Robert Downey, Jr. were my husband (and I’m not saying he isn’t), every time we had sex, I’d make him tell me about his six months in jail. Anyway, he’s twice been nominated for an Oscar and received the Screen Actor’s Guild award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series based on his stint on "Ally McBeal."
Although I suggested the committee refer to the event as “A Sleepover with Robert Downey, Jr.,” it’s actually billed as “An Evening with Robert Downey, Jr.," and will be co-chaired by Ellen Sandor and Bill Marcus. During the gala, host Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover,” will conduct a live interview with Robert. I’m hoping Phillips brings the tiger because the only thing hotter than an actor/recovered addict is an actor/recovered addict and a tiger.
With event proceeds benefiting the Gene Siskel Center's lecture series, tickets (now sold out) include cocktails and dinner as well as a raffle and live auction -- and at 400 dollars a pop, Robert himself better be on the block.