The press around the Avengers film just keeps getting nailed. A video of Robert Downey Jr. walking out of an interview with the UK’s Channel 4 News has been making the rounds on the internet, but was the star wrong in cutting the conversation short?
During the press junket for the latest installment in the Avengers series, Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy derailed the conversation about the movie and began to question the actor in regards to his illustrious past as a former drug-user and alcoholic. Before RDJ could even begin to answer the question, his publicist or manager cut the interview short and the actor left the room.
At the moment, the gaff is being referred to as RDJ storming out, or as Channel 4 put it on their YouTube video “… star walks out when asked about past.”
But if you look at it, was it wrong for the interview to get cut short?
Based on how nervous the presenter seemed, it looks as if he knew this topic wasn’t supposed to be broached in the way that it was. From the nervous lead up to the cheesy grin and his leg bouncing, it was easy to tell that he was going into a no-fly zone when it came to his next question regarding the actor’s past drug and alcohol abuse.
The topic certainly strayed far from the subject of The Avengers, although one could say he was trying to connect Iron Man’s alcohol abuse to RDJ’s own experiences. In the end though, the presenter fumbled the end of the interview. It was almost like watching a fan suddenly being able to get his questions answered at a Comic-Con panel, and certainly not the work of a professional entertainment reporter.
Let this be a lesson to us all: don’t do what this guy did, it was a terrible idea.