Robert Downey Jr. sat for an interview to promote his new movie, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but when the reporter changed topics to Downey’s distant past, the actor walked out, telling the guy he didn’t sign up for a Diane Sawyer sit-down.
Downey was talking all things Avengers with Channel 4 News in London April 22 to promote the release of his new flick with interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy when the latter brought up prison, politics and family.
Downey cautions Guru-Murthy, but is ignored. Downey eventually removes the mic and walks out, but not before telling the guy he was “a little Diane Sawyer-y.”
The 50-year old, who reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in superhero film “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, appeared to be puzzled by British television journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s questions as they turned personal.
“Are we promoting a movie?” Downey Jr asked after Guru-Murthy referred to comments he had made after serving a prison sentence.
The interview, part of a promotional round in which journalists are allocated five-minute slots with the cast, began smoothly with Downey Jr talking about his role and “The Avengers” sequel.
But the tone shifted as the journalist asked about the actor’s “dark periods … taking drugs and drinking” and whether he was “free of all that”.
“I’m sorry, I really don’t … What are we doing?” the actor said before walking out.