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Robert Downey Jr. walks out of interview with Channel 4

While promoting his new film in London, Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview (above) with Channel 4 after being made uncomfortable with the questions.

The interview, led by Krishnan Guru-Murthy was quite ordinary at first, as the two discussed the Avengers movie and Downey’s character, Iron Man.

However, the tone of the talk changed after Guru-Murthy began to ask Downey questions about his political beliefs based off a New York Times interview he did after being released from prison in 2008.

“Uhm, are we promoting a movie?” asked Downey. “I was just talking to the person who was doing the interview that day, and that happened to be my opinion.”

However, the interviewer continued his line of questioning, eventually asking the actor about his relationship with his father. This prompted Downey to remove his microphone and leave.

Guru-Murthy is no stranger to celebrity disputes after angering Quentin Tarantino in a 2013 interview.

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