Robert Downey Jr. speaks about that awkward interview


Many of you may have already seen it by now, but Avengers: Age of Ultron star Robert Downey Jr. had a very odd interview with UK Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy last month. The avenger walked out of the interview when the British reporter began to ask very personal question about Robert’s past with drug addiction and the time he spent in jail.

Robert did a recent appearance on The Howard Stern show where he talked more on the awkward encounter:

“I just wish I’d left sooner. Here’s the thing. First of all, I don’t even know that guy’s name, but I know he pulled the same garbage on Tarantino, and Tarantino stayed in his chair and lit him up for five minutes. I’m one of those guys who I’m always assuming the social, kind of, decorum is in play. And that we’re promoting a superhero movie, a lot of kids are going to see it, and that this has nothing to do with your creepy, dark agenda that I’m feeling all of a sudden, like, ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo s**t.

So, I just realized to, I’m a fifty year old guy. I use fancy words on the Howard Stern Show, and yet, I’m completely un-evolved when it comes down to simple boundaries. Like, you know what, you’re weirding me out, you are a bottom-feeding muckraker.

The assumption is that there’s a button that because you’ve sat down there you’re going to be scrutinized like you’re… you’re a kiddie fiddler who’s running for mayor. What I have to do in the future is have to give myself permission to say, ‘That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite, and I need to distance myself from this clown.’ Otherwise, I’m probably going to put hands on somebody, and then there’s a real story.”

The interviewer, himself, has defended his question saying that Robert’s past was fair game in the interview:

“None of it should have come as a surprise, but I nonetheless offered him two opportunities to say: ‘I’d rather not talk about this stuff’. He could have engaged more with the earlier questions and I’d have never had time for the ones he didn’t like. He could have played a dead bat with the serious stuff and the whole thing might have been dropped from the running order as too dull.”

What do you think of Guru-Murthy’s comments? Do you believe he had the right to ask Robert Downey Jr. those personal questions or was it way over the line?

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