Piers Morgan has called out Robert Downey Jr. for what the talk show host deems to have been some rather spoiled behavior by the actor.
As part of his promotional tour this week for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Downey sat down for an interview with British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
But what started as set of questions about Ironman and Tony Stark quickly devolved into an interrogation about Downey’s troubled personal life.
During the Q&A, the reporter referenced Downey’s “dark periods," mentioned how the star used to "[take] drugs and drink and all of that" and even brought up the actor’s father.
A clearly uncomfortable Downey briefly answered a couple of these questions before politely getting up and cutting the interview short.
But Morgan didn’t see anything at all polite in Downey’s actions.
"Ironman (sic) wouldn’t run away from an interview, Mr. Downey Jr." Morgan wrote today in The Daily Mail. "Man up and stop being such a pampered, overly-sensitive prima donna."
Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, Piers.
"Downey Jr’s a big boy. He’s done thousands of interviews and knows the game," Morgan added. "If he didn’t want to answer a specific question, all he had to do was smile and say ‘I’d rather not talk about that, sorry. Let’s move on.’
"It’s really not difficult."
True, that’s a fair point. But go watch that video. Downey never loses his cool. His expression and his stammering make it clear he’d rather not talk about that stuff.
On The View, meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg stood up for Downey, citing the very long period of time between his jail sentence and this interview.
"Downey was last in trouble in 2001," Goldberg said. "Get on the movie closest to that if you have questions. Don’t wait until the guy has solidly reestablished, done his time, did everything, to come back and try to show what kind of interviewer you are."