Downey, who plays Iron Man in Marvel’s upcoming movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, seemed puzzled when journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy quizzed him on his past.
“Are we promoting a movie?”
When Guru-Murthy probed even deeper with his questions and started asking about Downey’s relationship with his father and the star’s dark periods where he turned to drugs and alcohol, Downey shook his head and walked out, according to Channel 4 News.
“I’m sorry, I really don’t… what are we doing?”
The news reporter had been questioning Downey about an interview with the New York Times years ago.
“You can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”
Robert said it made sense at the time.
“I could pick that apart for two hours and be no closer to the truth than giving you some half-a***d answer right now. I couldn’t even tell you what a liberal is.”
After Downey abruptly ended the interview, Guru-Murthy took to Twitter to further taunt the Avengers star and tease the interview set to air Wednesday night on British television.
“Oh dear. Abrupt end to our Robert Downey Jr interview when we started talking about jail and drugs.”
Guru-Murthy has a history of trying to turn promotional movie interviews into hard-hitting investigative journalism.
Last year Quentin Tarantino walked out after Guru-Murthy tried to connect him to comments Jaime Foxx made about movie violence, according to the Express.
“I don’t want [to answer that]. I’m here to sell my movie. This is a commercial for the movie. Make no mistake. […] I don’t want to talk about what you want to talk about. I’m not your slave and you are not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey.”
In October of 2014, he conducted a failed interview with British star Richard Ayoade, who was trying to promote his book.
Earlier in the interview, Downey said Age of Ultron was in some ways better than the first Avengers movie.
The news has been full of Robert Downey Jr. news lately, as the star has been out and about promoting his new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Rumors have swirled about the star and upcoming Marvel movies, including his decision to turn down his role as Iron Man to star in Captain America: Civil War.
Robert turned 50 recently and celebrated with a star-studded bash, according to the Inquisitr.
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