These Questions Made RDJ Walk Out of Interview

Robert Downey Jr. didn't like it when things got 'Diane Sawyer-esque'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2015 10:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Robert Downey Jr. thought he was doing an interview to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, and for almost four minutes, he was. But when Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Britain's Channel 4 started getting personal yesterday, RDJ wasn't happy—and ended up walking out of the interview, the Los Angeles Times reports. The questions-gone-wrong:

  • Things started getting weird when Guru-Murthy noted that Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is "becoming a much more likeable character, as well, isn't he, a better man ... you know, in a way that you are as well, I suppose." Responded Downey with an uncomfortable laugh, "Uh, sure."
  • Guru-Murthy then asked Downey to explain a 2008 quote, in which the actor told the New York Times, "You can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal." Downey declined to do much explaining, and when the interviewer pressed the issue of whether Downey is not a liberal, the actor responded, "Are we promoting a movie?"

  • But Downey then gamely continued, noting, "Actually, I wouldn't say I'm a Republican or a liberal or a Democrat," but Guru-Murthy wasn't done with the personal questions, which he made clear at that point—causing RDJ to start glancing, quite pointedly, off-camera before he said tersely, "Your foot's starting to jump a little bit, you better get to your next question."
  • Guru-Murthy did continue, asking about "dark periods" in Downey's life and whether he's "free of all of that," prompting the actor to shake his head and say, "I'm sorry, I really don't ... what are we doing?" Voices can be heard off-camera and RDJ says, "Bye!" and gets up.
  • Downey's parting line as his mic is removed: "You seem OK, it's just getting a little Diane Sawyer-esque."
(Cameron Diaz once cut an interview short after sticking up for her pal Drew Barrymore.)

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