Robert Downey Jr And The 5 Most Painful Interviews Of All Time

Robert Downey Jr isn't the only celebrity to leave an interviewer red-faced

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Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr is the latest celebrity to walk out of an interview. 

In an incredibly awkward chat with Channel 4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the actor – who's in town promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron – didn't seem too happy when asked about his time in prison.

Downey Jr isn't the first famous face to get riled, snap or call time during an interview (nor is Guru-Murthy the first man to incite such occurences – see below).

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We've rounded up five of the most awkward interviews for your viewing pleasure. Squirm away.


David Blaine

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The infamous interview with David Blaine in which the American illusionist appeared on breakfast TV and didn't so much refuse Eamonn Holmes' questions as struggled to keep awake. The best part: when Blaine holds his hand up revealing an eye drawn on his palm. The first and last time we've ever felt sorry for Holmes.

Quentin Tarantino

Krishnan Guru-Murthy incurred the full-blown wrath of Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino when asking whether the violence in his films could lead to real-life violence. "I refuse your question," snapped the filmmaker during the Django Unchained press tour, before adding the poorly-judged analogy, "I'm not your slave and you're not my master." 

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Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis showed that five Die Hard films had taken one hell of a toll on him during an appearance on The One Show. The actor – who was promoting fifth outing A Good Day to Die Hard – shrugged his way through presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker's questions, deciding to open up merely to express his befuddlement at the film's title.   

Samuel L Jackson

During promotion of the RoboCop remake on US news channel KTLA, anchor Sam Rubin was left feeling like a fool when he confused Samuel L Jackson with Laurence Fishburne. "We may be all black and famous, but we all don't look alike," blasted Jackson, with just a small hint of a tongue in his cheek.

Naomi Watts

Fortunately for all, this one can't be seen – only heard. Naomi Watts was interviewed by Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five Live for the biopic Diana. Irritable from the start, the actress proved plain and simply an interviewer's nightmare. Definitely had nothing to do with the terrible reviews...



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