Robert Downey Jr. sat down for what he probably thought was going to be another fluffy, generic interview to pimp out the Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I guess he didn’t know who he was dealing with, because the conversation went from fluffiness to Oprah shit. The interviewer was Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy who once made Quentin Tarantin shou, “I’m shutting your butt down,” because he didn’t like being asked about violence in his movies for the 10,000th time. (File “I’m shutting your butt down” under: Things a power bottom wants to hear from a power top but doesn’t want to hear from a free clinic doctor.) And now it was RDJ’s turn to get pissed off by Krishnan’s questions.
For about four minutes, Krishnan asks the regular PR-approved questions everyone has pretty much heard a million times since RDJ has played Iron Man in at least a million movies. But then Krishnan decides that it’s time to leave the fluff behind and get into serious stuff. So he brings out a quote that RDJ told The New York Times in 2008 about being a Republican:
“I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since.”
RDJ’s face went from happy to THIS BITCH real quick. He said he’s not going to take back anything that has come out of his mouth in the past, but opinions change and he doesn’t really consider himself a Republican or a liberal or a Democrat. Krishnan wasn’t done and went deeper by asking RDJ about his father and his druggie days and wondered if he’s free of all that. You can see RDJ get angrier and angrier and more uncomfortable and more uncomfortable. It’s like rage edging and he finally pulls off his mic, QUITS THAT BITCH and lets Krishnan know that things were getting a little too Diane Sawyer-y for what’s supposed to be a puff piece for the movie that’s going to earn him another forty-five trillion dollars. The awkwardness starts at the 4:00 mark.
That dude is bold. He went from “Iron Man must be a fun character to play!” to “How many dealers did you have to suck-off in real-life for an 8-ball?” RDJ could’ve just sat there for the next 3 minutes and quietly judged Krishnan, but I do like the quick “byeee” and the Diane Sawyer line at the end. Since shit was getting too Diane Sawyer for RDJ, he should’ve gone full Diane Sawyer by saying to Krishnan, “Crack is whack,” when he was asked if he’s really free of the bad shit.
And the true star of that interview is the dude at the end with the dueling seesaw brows:
If that isn’t a “This shit happens every time! Why do I even bother micing a ho” pose, I don’t know what is.
Here’s RDJ at the London premiere of the Avengers yesterday.