Saturday 19 October 2019

'I'm not doing it, darling,' - Robert De Niro slammed by Radio Times journalist after he walks out on interview

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Hollywood legend Robert De Niro
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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Robert De Niro has been slammed by a Radio Times journalist for cutting short an interview after he took umbrage at her line of questioning.

The legendary Hollywood actor was being interviewed by Emma Brockes about his new film The Intern in which he co-stars with Anne Hathaway.

Brockes said he appeared "depressed" and "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.'"

Brockes said she was just asking about his methods as an actor but she wrote that he said, "You're probably not even aware you're doing it.  The negative inference."

"That's quite a presumption." she replied.  He said, "I'm a very good reader of character." and she replied, "So am I."

Brockes wrote that De Niro stuck his head out of the door looking for someone to come and save him.  "Walking out alone doesn't seem to be an option," she wrote.

She then asked him where else she had been negative during the interview.  He said the question about being on autopilot had a negative inference.

She wrote that she said, "'I have to say, now that you're going on about it, it makes me think you were on autopilot and you're super-sensitive about it.'"

He reportedly replied, "I'm not doing this, darling.  I think you're 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.”

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