Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy has notched up another uncomfortable interview after Robert Downey Jr walked out of their exchange during a recent Avengers junket after being questioned about his troubled past.
All was going well as the pair chatted about Downey Jr’s character, Tony Stark, and the actor’s love of superheroes. But the atmosphere changed dramatically when Guru-Murthy asked the Avengers: Age of Ultron star about his “dark periods” of drug and alcohol addiction.
“I’m sorry…I really don’t….what are we doing?” Downey Jr asked, clearly irritated, before handing back his microphone and walking out of the interview.
But this isn’t the first time the Channel 4 news anchor has angered his interviewee. In January 2013, director Quentin Tarantino was furious when asked about how his screen violence in Django Unchained might have contributed to the problem of real violence. “I’m not answering your question,” said Tarantino. “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master … It’s none of your damn business what I think about that.”
Then there was Guru Murthy’s incredibly awkward interaction with The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade last year, during which the actor and writer’s deadpan answers left the interviewer squirming with embarrassment.
Meanwhile, at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 2014, Guru-Murthy conducted another difficult exchange with BBC executive Charlotte Moore. RadioTimes.com revealed that the Channel 4 anchor was later berated by BBC bosses for an apparently “aggressive” interview with the BBC1 controller.