One on One with Robert Downey Jr.
September 22, 2006

It's a rare and candid Robert Downey Jr., opening up only to "Extra" about married life, his gritty new movie and, for the first time on the record, his good friend Mel Gibson.

"He's an artist, and he's imperfect like the rest of us," Downey Jr. said, defending his longtime pal. "I don't know if I could ever be there for him as much as he has for me."

But Robert, who met Mel while filming "Air America," is reaching out. "Talked to him. Seen him. He's doing great," Downey Jr. told us. "He's a good dude, and he's taking care of himself."

As for Robert, he's now facing his roughest role yet in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," which opens next Friday.

In the flick, he stars as Dito, a man forced to grapple with the ghosts of his past.

"I never thought I would have my act together within a mile enough to produce and be a part of getting the movie off the ground," he admitted.

One of the saints in Robert's life these days is the woman he married just more than a year ago: producer Susan Downey.

So how's he enjoying the married life?

"She's great," he said of his wife adoringly. "The morning time is her time. She's the business gal.  She's got to get out of the house. I roll out of bed and hit the cappuccino machine, so I make her tea so she's happy, and I carry her 85-pound work bag out to her car."


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