CELEBRITY TAX EVASION
and prison. But when the IRS needs $2 million from you, they aren’t going to make the situation any more pleasant. Downey reflected on this in an interview, stating, “I highly recommend to anyone who thinks that any of their life problems are annoying — get some tax trouble, and that will take your mind off everything else.” Of course, we all know where this story ends. In one of the greatest career turnarounds in cinema, Downey cleaned up his act. He kicked his drug addiction, committed to his acting career with gusto, and settled his beef with the IRS. Today, Downey is one of the highest-paid actors in the world and an icon in his own right. Love him or hate him, you have to admire how Downey never let his past define him. He was about as close to rock bottom as a celebrity — or anyone, for that matter — can get. Yet he turned Robert Downey Jr.
SUDOKU You may think that being behind on your taxes would seem like relatively small potatoes to Downey compared to the grim realities of drug abuse It’s hard to remember that Robert Downey Jr., now inseparably tied to the titanic Marvel franchise as Iron Man, used to make more appearances behind bars than on the red carpet. Hollywood is full of stories of falls from grace and drug benders, but this star took self-destruction to a whole new level. While he was in and out of prison on various heroin and cocaine charges, Downey was also racking up a substantial tax debt. In fact, the actor fell more than $2 million behind on his payments with the IRS, making for one of the largest Hollywood tax debts on record. Unlike other celebrities we’ve covered, Downey wasn’t involved in a bogus tax haven or any other harebrained scheme. Between the drugs, alcohol, and incarceration, the young actor simply didn’t have the money for Uncle Sam.
his life around, settled his debt, and went on to find success. Taking control of your future doesn’t require an Iron Man suit, but it can be a heroic effort all the same.
GRILLED LEG OF LAMB
This recipe is the perfect centerpiece for a late summer cookout or an easy family dinner.
1 4–5-pound boneless leg of lamb, not butterflied 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. On a large cutting board, cut between the muscles on the leg of lamb to divide into 4 pieces, pulling apart with your fingers if need be. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Add lamb and toss to coat. Marinate for 4 hours at room temperature. 3. Heat grill to medium-high. Season lamb with salt and pepper and grill until lamb reaches an internal temperature of 130 F (medium rare). Cook time will vary depending on size of lamb pieces. 4. Let lamb rest, covered with tin foil, for 15 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.
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