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Robert Downey is business as usual

Actor faces drug and gun charges

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So how has Robert Downey Jr. been doing since members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested him June 23 after they pulled him over near his Malibu home for speeding and found cocaine, tar heroin, and an unloaded .357 magnum revolver in his car? Apparently, it’s been mostly business as usual. Andrew Bernstein, senior publicist for New Line, claims that Downey’s situation hasn’t delayed or compromised his upcoming movie, One Night Stand, which costars Wesley Snipes and Nastassia Kinski and is currently filming in L.A. ”He shows up when he’s supposed to, he leaves when he’s finished, and what he does after that is his business,” says Bernstein.

In the Mike Figgis-directed film, Downey plays a man dying of AIDS. ”Most of the time he’s in a hospital bed,” says Bernstein. Adds another New Line exec, ”I’ve heard his performance has been exceptional.” Downey, who’s been in and out of rehab, is now scheduled to face the law in Malibu Municipal Court July 26. And though the incident prompted mixed reactions among friends and colleagues — Sean Penn and Matthew Modine reportedly tried to stage an intervention weeks ago — mostly there was sorrow. ”I’m just so sad about this,” says one close friend. ”He’s so talented.”