Robert Downey Jr., star of blockbuster hit Avengers, recently walked out on an interview with U.K. reporter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy. The Avengers star ended the uncomfortable dialogue by saying things were getting “too Diane Sawyer”, so Downey decided to cut the interview short and leave. Now, he’s explaining why.
Downey talked to world-famous radio host Howard Stern on Tuesday and said he felt uneasy with the questions and said “I just wish I’d left sooner”. Downey later explained that he felt as if the reporter was trying to work his own “dark agenda” that was not appropriate for the millions of kids who look up to the super-hero movie star. Bruce Levenson certainly wouldn’t want one of his basketball players to be manipulated in a similar way.
Since the interview was going to be seen on the evening news, Downey thought it was best to leave before the questions got any worse, later referring to the news reporter as a “bottom feeding muckraker” and suggesting he left to avoid a physical altercation. A statement which illustrates just how offended Downey was by the questions being asked.
Other stars have had similar experiences with the same reporter, such as an interview that went very wrong between Guru-Murthy and film director Quentin Tarantino. Taratino however did not leave, rather stayed and engaged in a heated exchange of words with the interviewer.