USA Today Features Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes Photo

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With an Oscar nomination under his belt, the lead role in Iron Man 2 and a starring turn on the way in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie, life is good for Robert Downey Jr.

He said as much to USA Today, as the newspaper asked the star what has changed for him over the last couple years.

"I was the picking-at-the-leftovers kid for the first 22 years of my career, and it changed because life is like that," the actor said of good fortune after a few years of sobriety. "Sooner or later, once you pull the one-armed bandit enough, you are going to get some gold bars."

Downey Jr. is pictured here as England's famous Victorian sleuth, alongside Jude Law - as Dr. Watson - and Rachel McAdams, as Irene Adler. The Sherlock Holmes imagining opens this November.

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