LONDON — Robert Downey Jr. recently sat down for an interview to promote his upcoming film, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but when the reporter began to ask the movie star about his past, things took a quick and awkward turn.
Downey Jr. was doing an interview with Channel 4 News in London. The interview began innocently, as ones promoting films often do, before reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy began asking him personal questions — including ones about the film star’s politics, family, drug addiction and time in prison.
When asked about his past statements to the New York Times that his politics had changed since he got out of prison, Downey Jr. replied, “Are we promoting a movie?”
Downey Jr. was sentenced to prison in 1999 for breaking parole related to a prior drug conviction.
Guru-Murthy then told the star he’d like to ask him a few more personal questions, to which Downey Jr. replied, “Your foot’s starting to jump a little bit; you better get to your next question.”
Downey Jr. was later asked about the “dark periods” of his life, including his relationship with his father, and he eventually ended up walking out on the interview.
It’s not the first time Guru-Murthy has had an awkward exchange with an interview subject. In a notoriously awkward discussion with Quentin Tarantino in 2013, he began asking the director about the link between movie violence and real-life violence before Tarantino shut him down.
“The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in which Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man, is set to come out in May.
The full exchange with Downey Jr. lasts about seven minutes. Watch it in the video at the top of this story.