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"Iron Man" Becomes Karate Kid

5/8/2008 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former drug addict-turned-"Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. is riding a new high these days -- and has the kicks to prove it.

The 43-year-old box office superhero (left) channeled his inner Ralph Macchio while practicing martial arts with an instructor in his L.A. driveway on Wednesday.

Is Mr. Miyagi in the Avenger Initiative, too?!

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Momma Mia    

OK. OK, OK... that's enough. When looking at this picture it reminds me of a song from the 70's "Everyone was Kung Fu Fighting." Great Actor, medium in looks.. but do we really need to see this picture? It's like his legs are fatter than his body. EWW... Is he on drugs AGAIN?

2260 days ago
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Momma Mia    

If he where binding over I would believe he was someones bitch. Have you seen his wife? I would rather be a beefcakes bitch than be with her. She is done right ugly! And now he is talking about breeding with her. YUCK!

2260 days ago
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celebutaunter77    

Sadly, Mr. Miyagi is dead.

2269 days ago
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Eric    

That is not RD Jr.

2269 days ago
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Robert Holik    

Robert Downey Jr is so damn awesome... both as an actor and a person!

Sure he was on some heavy drugs but you gotta give him serious credits for getting out of that stuff.

.Rob

2269 days ago
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Johnny Blaze    

He trains at one of WIlliam Cheung's student's schools in L.A.

2269 days ago
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Johnny Blaze    

They should be training with bags....what they are doing looks gay.

2269 days ago
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I'm starting to like this guy.    

His form is horrible. Why is he wearing a black uniform, he's not a black belt?

What a poser.

2269 days ago
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Not Really #3    

What's the deal with the 7 year old plus Altima? Either Bob Downey needs to buy a better car or pay his trainer more money. Either way an Altima on his drive makes him look cheap.

2269 days ago
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Dan    

Please don't refer to Robert Downey Jr. as a "Former drug addict" and he didn't just turn into Iron Man
he has many fine performances equal to the sum of Iron Man leading on to an even greater future.
He has and is one of our finest actors of modern times; TRULY talented people
have intensity, angst and mistakes but CLEARLY Mr. Robert Downey Jr. has
overcome his past and has achieved personal balance in his life.

I wish him the VERY best .

Dan Rivera

2269 days ago
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dc-20008    

RD Jr has AIDS and has lipodystrophy. So does David Spade.

Don't you see how their cheeks have sunken in from the AIDS drugs.

Tell me RD Jr didn't get it in the booty in prison.

2269 days ago
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barfy    

RDJ has given hope to so many people struggling with addictions. The guy is a walking inspiration and
I could care less what he enjoys doing for a workout. Keep up the Great work Robert!

2269 days ago
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Blue Drew    

Wow...either he's had really GOOD plastic surgery or really BAD plastic surgery...I don't even recognize the man!

2269 days ago
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Kurt    

What a great comeback story! It is so awesome to see how he has turned his life around and is able to have great success again.

2269 days ago
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What?!?    

I have just one question. Why the driveway? There wasn't a better place to practice?

2269 days ago
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