Robert Downey Jr. walks out of awkward interview when asked about past

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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. 

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  • Gina Hunter

    I would have walked away myself, good for him not entertaining that B.S!!!!!! Lucky he was allowing you his time!!! Whether he is an actor or not, he is human and should be allowed his privacy!!!! I don’t care for any rebuttal claiming that he must indulge anyone of his personal life for that fact that he is an entertainer and in the spot light, so everyone feels it is a valid and ok behavior to pry into someone’s personal and private life. Much respect for him walking away…

  • J.steffens

    That reporter was way out of line Robert downer is a class act and it was so obvious the reporter was an idiot. I would of walk out too

  • Randy in Atlanta

    The walk off here is completely acceptable due to reporter trying to insult by digging up old news for self glory .. boooo! The first half of the interview done by this reporter was a bore to begin with.