Robert Downey Jr. Gets Hasty Pudding Pot
By NANCY RABINOWITZ
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 19, 2004; 10:30 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Actor Robert Downey Jr. had to dust off his cane and re-enact his role as Charlie Chaplin before he could be crowned Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year on Thursday.
Two Harvard students in drag, one wearing a pink and blue plaid dress with a matching hat, the other in a sparkly red dress and blonde wig, joined Downey on stage where he had to prove he loved one more than the other using Chaplin's famous Little Tramp persona.
Downey, 38, was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Chaplin," in 1992.
He rejected the student in the plaid dress by poking her in the rear with the cane, while at the same time showing his affection for the other by giving her a romantic dip.
Actress Sandra Bullock received the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award last week. The awards are given to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.
After receiving the pudding pot, Downey said he was "doubly blessed in that not only am I the man of the year, but this is the first time that a convicted felon has received this award."
Downey's career has been plagued by well-publicized drug and alcohol problems, including a year spent in prison and a stay at a rehab center.
His most recent film credits include "Gothika," with Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz, "The Singing Detective" and "Wonder Boys."
Downey also appeared on TV's "Ally McBeal," playing a role that won him a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award as well as an Emmy nomination.
Last year's Hasty Pudding honorees were actress Anjelica Huston and director Martin Scorsese.
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