Robert Downey Jr. walks out of interview when topic turns to past drug abuse
(MediaIte.com) NEW YORK – Robert Downey Jr. is currently in the middle of his press tour to promote the hell out of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
But he clearly didn’t expect to get probing questions about his troubled past, which happened during his sit-down with British interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Most of the interview focused on Avengers and superheroes and all the rest of it, but then Guru-Murthy decided to make things more personal. He asked Downey about a quote of his from years ago about how he didn’t come out of prison as a liberal, but Downey simply said opinions change.
Guru-Murthy said he wanted to dive more into the personal stuff, and Downey looked a little uncomfortable as he brought it up. Guru-Murthy mentioned the “dark period” he entered, mentioning his past drug use, and asked if he thinks he’s “free of all of that.”
Downey asked, “What are we doing?” Seconds later, he got up and ended the interview, telling Guru-Murthy, as he was walking out, “It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer.”
Guru-Murthy is the same interviewer who ended up getting Quentin Tarantino really pissed off during an interview about Django Unchained, in which Guru-Murthy asked him about the link between movie violence and real-world violence.