There are some topics you just shouldn’t touch when interviewing certain celebrities: Britney Spears shaved head era, Mickey Rourke’s face, why Zayn Malik actually left One Direction… But some reporters just don’t care for conversational boundaries.
In a recent interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News, reporter Krishna Guru-Murthy pushed Robert Downey Jr. a little too far out of his comfort zone. The interview, which was billed to cover RDJ’s new flick Avengers: Age of Ultron – a movie that has the potential to put the franchise above even the Harry Potter series – began innocuously enough with questions concerning the development of RDJ’s Ironman character and his on set experiences, but slowly began to devolve once Guru-Murthy started asking about the actor’s dark past.
Suddenly, Guru-Murthy is asking questions pertaining to Downey Jr.’s time in jail, his drug addiction, and his political views. That’s three big no-no’s right in a row, and the look on RDJ’s face is priceless.
“Are we promoting a movie?” asks the actor. Because Guru-Murthy certainly doesn’t look like Diane Sawyer.
“Your foot’s starting to jump a little bit, you’d better get to your next question,” Downey prompts.
And instead of backing off, Guru-Murthy pushes onward, and decides to touch again on Downey Jr.’s relationship with his father, and his history with drug abuse. Wrong move bud.
RDJ stands up, offers a polite “buh-bye” and strips himself of his microphone before walking out the door with his publicist.
Guru-Murthy, who claims he was “just asking questions,” was left twiddling his thumbs.
That’s what you get for going up against one of the wealthiest acts in Hollywood.
Should all questions be fair game, or was RDJ completely warranted in walking off the set?