"Are We Promoting A Movie?"
While speaking with Howard Stern on Tuesday, Avengers: Age of Ultron star Robert Downey Jr. discussed why he walked out of an interview with British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
The cringe-worthy interview went viral, and most people were on RDJ's side on this matter. Here's what he had to say about it:
"I just wish I'd left sooner. I'm one of those guys who I'm 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 that I'm feeling all of a sudden, like, ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo shit."
He then went on to call Guru-Murthy, whose name he doesn't even know, "a bottom-feeding muckraker."
Downey also referred to the time when Quentin Tarantino was put in a similar position while being interviewed with Guru-Murthy, in which Tarantino lashed back at the controversial journalist.
Guru-Murthy stunned Downey when he asked about Downey's politics, his past struggle drug addiction, and his jail time. According to Guru-Murthy, however, each were topics discussed beforehand with a representative for Downey.
"We don't do promotional interviews on Channel 4 News. We agree with PR people that as well as talking about a new movie for a while we want to ask wider ranging questions on relatively serious topics, and we don't guarantee to run any answers in particular," Guru-Murthy claimed.
"When Robert Downey Jr.'s PR man rang up asking what we wanted to talk about, we said we had no particular agenda but would ask about the new Avengers superhero movie and his recovery from jail and drug abuse to Hollywood stardom."
"The assumption is that there's a button that because you've sat down there you're going to be scrutinized like you're a kiddie fiddler who's running for mayor," Downey said.
"What I have to do in the future is have to give myself permission to say, 'That 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."
Listen to the full clip of his response on Howard Stern's radio show.