Robert Downey Jr. surprises teenage volunteers, thanks them for helping clean up after Sandy
During a recent screening of "Iron Man 3" at Manhattan's Regal E-Walk, the audience -- a group of kids from the Police Athletic League who have volunteered to help rebuild damaged parts of the city after Hurricane Sandy -- were stunned to see Tony Stark walk into the building.
"I just want to say thank you to the … Police Athletic League and all of you folks. I know you're all here because you've been doing something special in the five boroughs, for this great city," said Robert Downey Jr. to the cheering crowd. "You're the future of the nation. I guarantee if you keep doing the right thing, you're going to be running the joint in a minute."
Speaking to the Daily News, RDJ later reflected on what it meant to be back home in New York. "Everywhere we drive, I have a memory of playing Frisbee in front of that office building or trying to sneak into the back door of a 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' midnight showing, because I knew someone who was working concessions," he said. "Coming back here reminds me of my origins."
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