Robert Downey, Jr. is very open about his past. But it’s his story and he’s open on his terms. So when Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked him about it, including statements he made about prison having made him Republican (this was seven years ago and he politely states he stands by his words but has changed his opinion), his father, and his history with drugs, rather than asking about Avengers: Age of Ultron, he had enough. Following several minutes of uncomfortable stabs at answering the questions, a couple strained attempts to get Guru-Murthy back on track, and a rep’s voice in the background calling it all off, Downey got up with a faux-perky “bye” and removed his mic.
“You seem OK, it’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer,” Downey said as he left. I mean, he was there to discuss a movie about superheroes — not the prison system, his family issues, or his personal struggles.
This is the opposite of the “awkward” interview that recently made the rounds between Cate Blanchett and Jonathan Hyla, where the two were clearly joking and having fun.
— hyla (@hyla) March 26, 2015
Downey is obviously unnerved in his interview. Was Guru-Murthy out of line in asking the questions? Probably not, but he also probably should have stopped when Downey became visibly uncomfortable and asked him to go back to talking about the movie.