Maybe doing the seemingly endless publicity rounds for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is getting to Robert Downey Jr. He seems snarky and cranky.
Last week, Robert Downey Jr. was the darling of the movie publicity world for berating UK journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy for his inane questions about the actor's relationship with his father and previous drug use. Okay, I agree with Downey Jr. on that. Guru-Murthy's questioning was a bit Diane Sawyerish for a freaking Marvel movie!
But, this week, the actor becomes the villain of independent filmmaking. Talking to Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105), Downey Jr. revealed that he would not work on a low-budget film anytime soon! Why? Oh, let the actor speak for himself in this transcript from indiewire.com:
"Because they're exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, 'What was I thinking?' But I'm interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they're like, 'Hey, man, we're just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew—can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it's like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we'll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we're doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?'"
"I thought it's mediocre."
"Yeah, isn't it the greatest?! Man, everyone's an artist here."
"Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame."
Reading this breaks my heart! I don't know about you but I'm not a super-fan of Downey Jr.'s big studio era. They can take "Iron Man" but please let me have "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Good Night and Good Luck" and a myriad of other "indie" films that showed the world the actor has depth! Deep enough to play the complex but lovable Tony Stark!
And then, to add more insult to injury, Downey Jr. throws shade at one of the greatest storytellers of this generation, the Oscar-winning Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu! As reported by Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist, the director was very vocal in saying superhero movies were "cultural genocide" when promoting "Birdman." To which, are you ready for this, Downey Jr. replied via The Guardian:
“Look, I respect the heck out of him [and] for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is."
Um, racist much? My native tongue is Tagalog but I can loudly say Pampered American Actor!
I hate saying this but I actually liked Downey Jr. back when he was doing drugs. At least he seemed more in touch with reality then.
Or could it be that he's just internalizing his Marvel character, Tony Stark? With all the millions of dollars he's now making ($75M according to Forbes in 2014), he could never star in a low-budget film ever again! Even though he was in the charming "Chef" last year! Oh wait, his friend Jon Favreau directed that! He's not lame right?
Listen to the audio interview right here.
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I feel so sorry for UK Journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Robert Downey Jr. walked out of their interview promoting "Avengers: Age of Ultron." That's the key word here, promoting. But Guru-Murthy was more interested in Downey Jr.'s past including his relationship with his father and previous drug use.
So maybe I really don't feel sorry for Guru-Murthy. He should know that during press junkets, questions must be about the film that's being promoted, and if you have to ask something personal, it must revolve around the movie.
At one point, Downey Jr. even asked if they're supposed to be promoting a movie! To which Guru-Murthy, maybe because of over zealousness, ignored.
I've done my share of press junkets and so far, no one has walked out on me...yet. Please cinema gods, don't let this happen to little, old me!
At the end of the clip below, Downey Jr. abruptly stood up and hurriedly took off his microphone. And then faced the surprised Guru-Murthy and said "It's getting a little Diane Sawyer in here."
The next time I interview Downey Jr., I'll tell him not to worry, I won't go Diane Sawyer on him!
Here's the video of their interview:
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