Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I'm shutting your butt down' - 7 of the most awkward celebrity interviews ever

Quentin Tarantion was not impressed with Krishnan Guru-Murthy's line of questioning. PIC: Channel 4
Quentin Tarantion was not impressed with Krishnan Guru-Murthy's line of questioning. PIC: Channel 4
Cara Delevingne on Good Day Sacramento
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

As news emerges of Robert De Niro's interview walk-out, we take a look at some of the most cringeworthy celebrity interviews by journalists ever...

"I'm not doing it, darling" - Robert De Niro

The Oscar-winning actor said his wife believes their 18-year-old son Elliot, who has the condition, changed overnight after having a vaccination.

Quite a few Hollywood stars detest the dance of the dreaded junket interview, not least Robert De Niro, who recently walked out on a one-on-one with Radio Times journalist Emma Brockes during promotion for his new film The Intern.

Brockes said he initially "glumly" answered some questions but when she asked him how he avoids the temptation to go into "autopilot" on set and then suggested that the Tribeca area of New York had been taken over by bankers De Niro asked her to stop her recorder.

Of the encounter Brockes wrote in the magazine, "He then pops up out of his chair, starts pacing madly and says he's cutting short the interview because of the "negative inference" of what I just said.

"'What, about the bankers?!'  I am amazed.  'All the way through,' says De Niro.  'All the way through.  Negative inference.' 'Er, like where else?' 'The whole way through and I'm not doing it.  I'm not doing it, darling.'"

The tete a tete continued until De Niro ended the conversation by telling her she was "very condescending".

Speaking to The Independent about the incident, Brockes said she had "sympathy for De Niro because nobody wants to be there for these choreographed junket interviews."

She added, "I was expecting him to be a little quiet but the combination of hostility and condescension irritated me and I ended up losing my cool. I certainly didn’t go in looking for an argument but when it happened I did think ‘at least he’s finally saying something.”


"I'm shutting your butt down" - Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino was on the publicity trail for his new movie, Django Unchained, when he encountered interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who wanted Tarantino to discuss the level of violence in his film.  Tarantino was having none of it and declared,  “I’m shutting your butt down".


"Do you understand what I'm saying?" - Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe last year labelled an Irish reporter a "plonker" on Twitter, claiming she got "shirty" after she didn't get the answer she desired at the Noah premiere in Dublin.

Niamh Walsh asked Crowe if his rugby team would ever play against Ireland, prompting Crowe to explain that the South Sydney Rabbitohs play rugby league and not rugby union.

Undeterred, the Mail Online reporter asked the actor again, to which he irately responded, "do you understand what I'm saying? They're different sports."

Crowe was then informed that he also makes mistakes, in particular when he referred to Ireland as part of the UK.

When the reporter later tweeted: "at least I know geography.. Ireland is not in the UK. #fearlessjourno", she got this response from Crowe: "fearless journo my ass. You're just a plonker who didn't get the answer you'd predetermined & you got"

He later tweeted this message: "I know Ireland is a sovereign nation. You can imply I don't love Ireland but it won't stick, love the place, love the people."

The video has been uploaded twice, once by ClickTV with the title 'Russell Crowe Schools Reporter at the Dublin Premiere' and once by with the title ' Russell Crowe Being Rude to Reporter at Dublin Noah Premiere'.

Here's a clip of the cringeworthy moment from the premiere:


"It's the morning, don't be mean!" - Cara Delevingne

Things got a little cringeworthy on breakfast TV in the US recently when British model and actress Cara Delevingne was interviewed about her new movie, Paper Towns.

The 22-year old, who joined the show Good Day Sacramento by video link, was introduced as 'Carla' and things went spectacularly downhill from there.

Cara's sarcasm didn't go down too well with the hosts and one chipped in to say Cara had been more enthusiastic in other interviews.  The model and actress said she had been celebrating at the premiere the night before and added, "It's the morning, don't be mean!".

They then said they'd let the "irritated" actress go and "take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull" and concluded by saying the supermodel and burgeoning actress would probably be familiar to people from Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video...


"Are you trying to rubbish me?" - David Cassidy

David Cassidy appeared combative in his interview with Eamonn Holmes

David Cassidy started an awkward argument with Eamonn Holmes on This Morning when he was asked by the TV host about his bankruptcy.

The 70s singer was appearing on the breakfast show via video link from his Florida mansion when he became offended by Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford's questioning.

When Holmes asked whether he could now pay off his debts, he said, "Are you trying to rubbish me?"

"When you declare bankruptcy in this country, it's something you do in order to reorganise what you have, your assets, so I'm not going to discuss that," he explained.

Langsford's comments that he had been through a lot were met with the response: "Yes, I have and I still have fantastic assets".

The uncomfortable chat continued when Langsford asked if he was glad to have the support of his fans after such a difficult journey.

"Don't interrupt me," Cassidy snapped back - telling her to "wait" nine times in a row, when she voiced her agreement with him.

Cassidy's attitude may have been influenced by the technical difficulties he was experiencing. "What's difficult for me with this transaction that we're doing here is that I hear echoes and it's very difficult to concentrate," he said.

Langsford continued the conversation by asking if he would be touring the UK soon which was met with a long explanation about how he would not return, for tax reasons.  He then said he was selling his house because he's getting a divorce and not because he was declaring bankruptcy.

When the video link ended Holmes compared Cassidy's situation to the good fortunes of his rival Donny Osmond and referred back to the singer's arrests for drink driving.

"David's going through more than [a divorce], he's been arrested three times for being drunk under the influence," he said to Langsford.

He then apologised to viewers, and said: "Folks, we only ask the questions, it's up to them to answer them."

Later, Holmes reached for a drink, downing an entire glass of red wine live on air while telling his wife: "My darling, as you know, I don't drink. Today I'm going to make an exception. David Cassidy, here's to you!"


"What on Earth are you talking about?" - Tom Hardy

Actor Tom Hardy made one young journalist squirm at a press conference recently when he refused to answer his question.

During the Toronto International Film Festival Graeme Coleman from the LGBT Site Daily Xtra pressed actor Hardy about why he has tended to deflect attention from his sexual orientation.

"In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality but given interviews you've done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous."

"Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality," Graeme asked.

Visibly unimpressed, the 37-year-old married actor stared at the reporter and said, "What on Earth are you talking about?" to which there was some laughter in the audience.

The exchange only got more awkward as the two carried on speaking...


"That's your f*cking question?" - Cate Blanchett


A clip of Cate Blanchett chewing out an interviewer for a bad question went viral earlier this year, but an uncut version later appeared online.

TV presenter Jonathan Hyla posted the uncut version to Twitter as he felt publications were "misrepresenting" the interview.

The uncut clip showed how Blanchett initially played ball with inane questions about beer and whether or not the girl in the blue dress in the poster behind her was actually Cinderella.

However, her patience appeared to wear thin and she attempted to steer the conversation back to the film with a thinly veiled barb, "To bring it back to the movie - one of us has to do our job".

The final question, which was introduced as "here's my serious question", was, "how did you get that cat to do what you wanted it to on a leash?"

Blanchett appeared to be stunned by the question and responded with, "that's your question?".

When the reporter replies "I tried to put my girlfriend's cat on a leash once", Blanchett inturrupts, saying "that's your f*cking question?... Nice to meet you".

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