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Robert Downey, Jr. Does Not Find Your Bumbling Nervousness the Least Bit Charming

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | June 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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A few weeks ago, a bumbling awkward interviewer sat down with Mila Kunis and stumbled his way around the interview in such a way as to actually elicit the sympathy of Kunis, who treated the interviewer, Chris Stark, like a lost puppy who needed to be cuddled.

It was great.

That interview became something of a viral hit, so I suppose the outfit that employs this fella decided to unleash him again, despite no apparent journalistic or interviewing skills (either that, or it's all a ruse). This time, he subjected poor Robert Downey, Jr. -- who officially signed in to Avengers 2 and 3 today -- to his bumbling nervousness, and RDJ wasn't nearly as understanding.

In fact, he seemed kind of annoyed, and at a certain point, I didn't blame him. He was game, mind you, and he humors the guy with all the grace only RDJ can muster, but the tenor of the interview was wildly different than the one with Kunis. Before it was adorably awkward; not it's just "Uh, why is this kid interviewing me?"

It is uncomfortable, to say the least.


(via ONTD)







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  • GuroMotel

    RDJ strikes me as a genuine weirdo - with all the good and bad that entails. He has been playing the game long enough to be charming and funny in interviews, and I like him quite a bit as an actor, but I don't have any requirement that celebrities I like be similar to people I like. Mel Gibson is an idiot lunatic but I will love his performances forever because he's a damn good actor if not a damn good person.

  • Gayle

    "This fella"? You mean the same fella, title of the video is Robert Downey Jr talks to Chris Stark.

    And yeah, he's with Radio 1 and their attempts at comedy have always been painfully unfunny.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    The interviewer doesn't seem terribly nervous, the hand holding the mic was steady as a rock and his voice didn't tremble. He's pulling a young Hugh Grant and it's kind of annoying.

  • Mz Black Widow

    it's extremely annoying and I think RDJ handled it with grace. He was there to be questioned by someone who, supposedly, knew what they were doing. Why should he, or anyone, sit and listen to some fool talking more about his own experiences than asking relevent questions of the SUBJECT of the interview?

    PS - I do not think RDJ is perfect, his taste in friends is questionable but he is LOYAL to a fault and that is admirable. I find his arrogance amusing and his wit hilarious because I have heard/read so much from him over so many years... I get it when he is mocking himself, being sarcastic, whatever. Alot of people think he is always deadly serious when he makes outrageous statements. Sometimes he is, often he is not. His mind moves at a million miles an hour and it becomes confusing to those who have not watched him often.
    Working out serious vs expert EXPERT sarcasm

    All's said and done the man is a great actor with an admirable strength of character which allowed him to join the top of the movie food chain after being a one man addiction joke for many years.

  • Bandit

    "I suppose the outfit that employs this fella"

    That would be the BBC. As cute as it would be if this guy was just a little small-time journalist, he's a member of the UK's biggest radio station.

  • profession: none, or starlet

    Yes, but it's Radio 1, not the BBC World Service. It's juvenile and pranktastic.(Or at least it was when Moyles dominated it. I haven't listened for years.)

  • annie

    Yeah, I can't watch this past the first few seconds. The secondhand embarrassment I felt with his first interview was too much for me as it was.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The Germans, of course, have a word for that: fremdschamen.

  • Maya

    I do not find Robert Downey, Jr. the least bit charming. There, I said it.

    He's a very talented guy and I admire him for overcoming his demons the way he did, but I find his arrogance more obnoxious than charming. There's just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. Clearly I'm in the minority, as everyone and their mother seems to adore him. I don't quite understand this, though, because he does things that would be completely unforgivable, in the public eye, if any other celebrity did them:

    He's a Republican! He's good friends with Mel Gibson and (even worse, for some people) Gwyneth Paltrow! He says he gave the greatest screen performance of the 20th century! How does he get away with this stuff and remain beloved while someone like Anne Hathaway is crucified for, I don't know, being too gushy in her acceptance speeches?

    ETA: Sorry for the rant. But there was recently a post on LaineyGossip on how RDJ is the one celebrity everyone loves because it's impossible not to, and it just got me thinking.

  • alwaysanswerb

    "How does he get away with this stuff and remain beloved while someone
    like Anne Hathaway is crucified for, I don't know, being too gushy in
    her acceptance speeches?"

    PREEEEEEAAAAAACH

  • Maya

    I mean, sexism obviously plays a part - it's no secret we judge female celebrities much more harshly than the male ones. But I think it also has to do with how snarkiness or even downright arrogance is somehow more palatable than the kind of wide-eyed, actressy earnestness Hathaway seems to embody, you know?

  • Zirza

    Not that I disagree with you (although I still find Downey a hoot, so go figure), but I can understand why he stands by Mel Gibson, a man whose actions are both repulsive and an indicator of mental illness. Gibson was willing to work with Downey when nobody else would, so I think it speaks for his character that he doesn't give up on Gibson either.

  • Maya

    That's a great point. Loyalty is a very admirable quality and Downey obviously has it in spades. But why does Jodie Foster, another long-time friend of Gibson's, get so much shit for sticking by him personally and professionally when Downey doesn't? I suppose because Foster was never in the position of being essentially blacklisted in Hollywood with only Gibson sticking by her, so...maybe people think she doesn't "owe" him the way you might say Downey does?

    I don't know. Friendship is a complicated thing, and so is celebrity culture.

  • He's a fucking Republican?!
    Well, I'm off.

  • Zirza

    I have a sneaking suspicion that most people in Hollywood of Downey's financial acumen are republicans and that they pretend to be democrats to up their cool factor.
    So, uh, at least he's honest about it?

  • ljridley

    Yep. I agree. I do find his performances charming enough, but I can't help but find his "real" persona (whatever that is) insufferable. He doesn't seem like the kind of person I would want to spend any time with.

  • Maya

    Glad to know I'm not the only one :)

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    *expletive* robot downey jr.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Ha. Genuine typo. I'll leave it there as it adds to what was a shit post to begin with.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    It's now a PERFECT post.

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