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Robert Downey, Jr. Talks Walking Out of That 'Avengers' Interview - Listen Here!

Robert Downey, Jr. Talks Walking Out of That 'Avengers' Interview - Listen Here!

Robert Downey, Jr. is addressing walking out of an interview earlier this month when things got “a little Diane Sawyer.”

“I just wish I had left sooner,” the 50-year-old actor told Howard Stern today on his show. “First of all, I don’t even know the guy’s name, but I know he pulled the same garbage on [Quentin] Tarantino, and Tarantino stayed in his chair and lit him up for five minutes.”

WATCH: Robert Downey, Jr. walks out of an interview when things get too personal

“I’m one of the guys who is always assuming the social, kind of decorum is in play, and that we’re promoting a superhero movie – a lot of kids are going to see it – and this has nothing to do with your creepy, dark agenda,” Robert added. “I just realized, too, that I’m a 50-year-old guy, I use fancy words on ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ and yet I’m completely unevolved when it comes down to simple boundaries. Like, ‘You know what? You’re weirding me out. You are a bottom-feeding muckraker.’”

“What I have to do in the future is just give myself permission to say, ‘That this is more than likely a syphilitic parasite, and I need to distance myself from this clown, otherwise I’m probably going to put hands on somebody, and then there’s a real story,’” Robert said.

Listen to the interview below…

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  • The Batman

    This guy is so full of himself. Journalists don’t work for you dude. You could have just said you didn’t want to answer his questions instead of acting like a baby.

  • Heidi

    There’s no need to be so insulting to the interviewer, calling him a “syphilitic parasite” is going a little overboard. Did the guy ask some inappropriate questions? Yes. But was he rude or condescending to Robert Downey Jr? Not at all

  • Nicola

    He’s also a fairly well-respected journalist in the UK so he should probably check his facts before wielding such ridiculous insults.

  • MimiB

    Actors are required to do publicity for their films, but they should not be required to talk about their personal lives or their past indiscretions for public consumption, during these PR junkets.

    Ok, given that, Downey realized that this interviewer was straying into the TMI area and the questioning was inappropriate for the occasion. I don’t blame him for terminating the interview. This interviewer has done it before. He plays “gotcha” and tries to embarrass celebs who are sort of a captive interviewee.

    So think about this for a minute. Had RDJ just said he didn’t want to answer, the guy would [and did!] keep pressing him, asking more and more uncomfortable and rude questions that had nothing to do with the film. That put RDJ on the spot. I think he had no choice but to end the interview.

  • Jon M’Shulla


    Who is more annoying? Robert Downey Jr. or the press?


  • Sofia

    What can you expect from RDJr?

  • T-Dizzle Dizzle

    Why give the guy the opportunity to continue? These press junkets are invite type events, they’re specifically to promote the movie. It’s not like they were in a Larry King/Diane Sawyer environment where they were having a serious interview. It’s like if RDJ went on a late night talk show and suddenly the host decided to ask him about some very sensitive stuff, he is just there to plug the movie and is contractually obligated to do so.

  • T-Dizzle Dizzle

    He’s a “gotcha” journalist. At least with Tarantino, he had some justification as the questions were related to cinema. He started dredging up old news and trying to get RDJ to say something controversial. Guess he got his wish. If he’s a respected Journo, he wouldn’t be doing interviews at a press junket.

  • Pati

    As a journalist, I have to say that RDJ was completely right. There’s something called ethic in journalism that Guru has never heard of.