This is quite an appeal. I’ve always regretted the events surrounding Mel Gibson’s reputation crisis because the quality of his work in Hollywood has been so great.
Robert Downey Jr. has a way with words. And this story combined with an appeal for forgiveness is compelling, to say the least. Downey highlighted while downplaying the significance of Yom Kippur to his Jewish audience.
“During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero).” – Wikipedia
It is a sacred holiday wherein forgiveness of debts is granted and slates are wiped clean. What a masterstroke of timing and approach.