Robert Downey Jr. has been doing the interview circuit lately to promote his movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” While in London for the promotion of the film, Downey sat down with Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4. According to London’s Channel 4 on Wednesday, Downey walked off the interview after Guru-Murthy clearly wanted to talk about Downey’s personal past instead of talk about the movie Downey was there to promote.
Rather than staying on topic and allowing Downey to discuss superheroes and the like, questions thrown at the actor turned to inquiries about the actor’s controversial past. As can be seen in the accompanying video of the interview, Downey tried to keep the interviewer on the topic of promoting and discussing his movie’s character and the film in a polite manner. However, Guru-Murthy was unrelenting in insisting that Downey stop talking about the movie and, instead, talk about his past.
The questions about Downey’s nearly-decade old quotes from past interviews seemed misplaced and clearly began to irritate the actor. The questioning also pried into Downey’s less-than-stellar past which included references to Downey’s previous prison time which he served for drug offenses. When the personal questions started, Downey said, “I’m sorry, what are we doing here?” according to the Huffington Post’s report on the story.
Included in the uncomfortable questioning, Guru-Murthy asked Downey to explain a comment that he made to the New York Times years ago. He was asked to explain what he meant when he said, “You can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at LaMirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.” Downey tried to accommodate the interviewer by simply stating, “I could pick that <statement> apart for two hours and be no closer to the truth than giving you some half-arsed answer right now. I couldn’t even tell you what a liberal is.” Following that uncomfortable exchange, Downey was asked if he minded further personal questions to which Downey said, “You have as much time as anyone else has.”
However, when Downey was asked about his relationship with his father, actor Robert Downey Sr., the interview quickly headed even further south. Downey was asked what role his relationship with his father played in the unfortunate times in his life when he was taking drugs and drinking. The actor was asked if he felt he is free from all of that at this time in his life. That is when he simply shook his head and said, “I’m sorry, I really don’t… what are we doing <here>?”
Following the obvious frustration with the interviewer, Downey got up and headed for the door. As he left the room, according to CNN, the actor smiled and said to Guru-Murthy, “You seem okay. It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here.” Prior to the bombardment of personal questions, the interview revealed Downey’s connection to his character in the film.