His tear-jerking post concluded with a heartfelt plea to his readers: "If anyone out there has a mother, and she's not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway..."
Downey tells Ellen there were intense parallels between the character he plays in his new movie, The Judge, and his own life. "The film starts with Hank’s mom passing away," he says. "This whole thing was kind of going on with my mom and her health the whole time, and a few weeks ago she passed. And I felt like I’m not really ready to talk about it yet, but I wanted to -- you know, do or say something… So I wrote something for 20 million people to read. But it was kind of part of my grieving process in a way. She was a great gal."